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Old 25-07-2010, 04:42   #1
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Question errrrrr . . . Do Metric & Imperial Have . . . Colours ?

A strange question???

Looking to get a bit more organised with my onboard tools - picked up some socket retaining bars to make life easier / save some space, occurred to me that colour coding would make sense (to me at least ) given 1 row of sockets looks much like another..........

Apart from Metric & Imperial I also have a row of Whitworth.

Before I create a colour code for DOJ wondered if I was reinventing the wheel (Google a bit silent ).
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Red = Imperial
Grey = Metric
? = Whitworth
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Old 25-07-2010, 05:03   #3
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Red = Imperial
Grey = Metric
? = Whitworth
Grey a bit dull

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I am impressed that you have whitworth; do you actually have any whitworth nuts / bolts on board????
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I am impressed that you have whitworth; do you actually have any whitworth nuts / bolts on board????
A question I was asking myself only (very!) recently

If it transpires not, I will buy some

But probably take me a few more years to be sure not - or 2 days if I take the sockets off the boat
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So you'll be a carrying a BSA or a Norton in your dinghy davits? *grin*
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I have a few Whitworth fastners on my 1960 MGA. What a PITA they are too. It's bad enough having to have both Imperial and Metric.
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David, you have been harbour bound for too long. Next you will be lining up the spice jars in the galley .

Quick get out to sea.

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So you'll be a carrying a BSA or a Norton in your dinghy davits? *grin*
Norton Outboard!

Now THAT I wanna watch!

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Norton Outboard! Now THAT I wanna watch!
Already exists, well nearly. In the mid 90s they were working on a single cylinder small wankel engine producing about 55 hp, but weighing only 65lbs. They had produced a working example and were hawking it around the boat shows, but I don't think they got the backing unfortuately.

When I spoke to them, I explained they were running off the wrong fuel, forget petrol and make it diesel for the marine market. They didn't seem to understand the availability and safety bit, possibly because the team were looking at microlights as the platform to power rather than boats.

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I don't know if there are "official standard" colour codes for nut and bolt sizes.
The tool shop around here (Princess Auto) does sell coloured socket sets:
Sockets& Accessories | Hand Tools | Tools | Princess Auto
10 pc 1/4" dr metric colour-coded deep socket set | Sockets& Accessories | Hand Tools | Tools | Princess Auto
The colour coding scheme they've come up with makes it pretty hard to confuse different sizes. I'd probably get some if I didn't already have enough sockets....
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So you'll be a carrying a BSA or a Norton in your dinghy davits? *grin*
BSA? Norton? pah I've got a Triumph..........if that went on the back I'd be pulling wheelies and have a hernia

Giving the W/w a bit more thought - pretty sure that they came from me (not with the boat) as part of a 25 / 30 yo socket set....so will probably remove from the boat (and also at least 2 of the 3 spark plug sockets. especially as I have no o/b ).......those spanners need a sort out as well.............

Spice jars? I need spice jars??!! I thought I'd nearly finished


Was thinking about the Metric / Imperial colour thing whilst on the boat yesterday (after my mid afternoon nap ) - I can't decide whether I should feel like I should have known that. or not It's not even one of those (many!) things I remember I had forgotten..........
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I spray painted all my metric tools yellow...it was making me crazy.
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Before I create a colour code for DOJ wondered if I was reinventing the wheel (Google a bit silent ).

My nuts are red. Blood red. I keep scraping my knuckles when trying to get the bastards off.
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I spray painted all my metric tools yellow...it was making me crazy.
Now that is simple and a good idea. How does the paint hold on the chrome?
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