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Austra Muizniece  Identity Verified
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Jul 30, 2005

I was going crazy, translating a document into Latvian, which contains many tables with bolt sizes in inches, when in Latvian metric sizes should be used. I found this site to be very useful...

http://www.geocities.com/dtmcbride/home_garden/bolts.html


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A.G.
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Don't do that! Jul 30, 2005

austra muizniece wrote:

I was going crazy, translating a document into Latvian, which contains many tables with bolt sizes in inches, when in Latvian metric sizes should be used. I found this site to be very useful...

http://www.geocities.com/dtmcbride/home_garden/bolts.html


It is not your duty to convert inches into mm. Each thread size goes with a relevant standard, tooling, gauges etc. Really 3/8" is not the same as M10, even if it looks very similiar.


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Marianela Melleda  Identity Verified
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Thanks for sharing Jul 30, 2005

Thanks Latvia, for sharing this information with us. As a technical translator, I usually have to deal with bolts sizes and types and this link seems to be very helpful.

I have immediately added it to my "favorites".

Marianela


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Marianela Melleda  Identity Verified
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Excuse me, Austra Jul 30, 2005

Please excuse me for changing your name in my previous post.

Marianela


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Austra Muizniece  Identity Verified
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No problem Jul 30, 2005

Happens all the time - I'm either Latvia or Austria:))

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Austra Muizniece  Identity Verified
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Answer from client regarding this issue is pending... Jul 30, 2005

...therefore I'm still converting, leaving inches in brackets.

Any other opionions on this matter?

A.G. wrote:

austra muizniece wrote:

I was going crazy, translating a document into Latvian, which contains many tables with bolt sizes in inches, when in Latvian metric sizes should be used. I found this site to be very useful...

http://www.geocities.com/dtmcbride/home_garden/bolts.html


It is not your duty to convert inches into mm. Each thread size goes with a relevant standard, tooling, gauges etc. Really 3/8" is not the same as M10, even if it looks very similiar.


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PCovs
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I wouldn't convert Jul 30, 2005

For Denmark, at least, it's also true that inches defining bolt sizes etc. should not be converted, since the tools for these bolts are also defined using inches.

Perfect that you have asked the client, but for next time maybe you should also visit the local hardware store (in case you don't already know) to see whether wrenches etc. use inch definitions or metric definitions in your country.
In the end, the text (I assume) is for the people who use the bolts and tools for same, and therefore it should of course be applying the measures that they can understand.

Have a nice weekend


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Austra Muizniece  Identity Verified
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Definitely metric Jul 30, 2005

We have metric standards here, though I assume it could be possible to buy inch definition wrenches in some stores. The thing is, I doubt if my client will send all the standard tooling to those who purchase their products. Makes me a little confused.:)


PCovs wrote:

For Denmark, at least, it's also true that inches defining bolt sizes etc. should not be converted, since the tools for these bolts are also defined using inches.

Perfect that you have asked the client, but for next time maybe you should also visit the local hardware store (in case you don't already know) to see whether wrenches etc. use inch definitions or metric definitions in your country.
In the end, the text (I assume) is for the people who use the bolts and tools for same, and therefore it should of course be applying the measures that they can understand.

Have a nice weekend


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Michael Hesselnberg  Identity Verified
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If you are working frequently Jul 30, 2005

[quote]austra muizniece wrote:

with technical translations about bolts, here is a French link about bolts, to see them all, gon on "la solution"

Michael

http://galiana.free.fr/cassetet.html


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Austra Muizniece  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Jul 30, 2005

Will keep that in mind too.

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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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off topic but still... Jul 30, 2005

My immediate reaction was the same as A.G.'s, but I'd qualify it by saying that IMO you shouldn't convert dimensions (or any other type of technical specifications) without the explicit approval of the client. As A.G. said, inch and metric standards are not interchangeable, and besides that, the client may be unpleasantly surprised to find his Latvian customers expecting him to provide metric hardware. The question of whether inch-standard tools and hardware are available in Latvia is the client's concern, not yours.

[Edited at 2005-07-30 20:13]

[Edited at 2005-07-30 20:14]


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A.G.
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torque wrench Jul 30, 2005

This link provides an excellent guide for establishing the necessary amount of preload to any bolted connection (be it metric or imperial). I added it to my favorites. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with any conversion!

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