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Feet Inches and Volts

cable with length markings
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Feet Inches and Volts is the name given to a new range of electrical cabling that has feet and inches calibration markings printed along its length. (or their metric equivalent whatever that is)

This is to enable more accurate cutting to length, as cables can tend to coil up and be unruly, making them hard to measure using a tape.

xenzag, Apr 29 2020

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       [-] for suggesting the use of archaic units as a primary option.   

       But otherwise, useful.
8th of 7, Apr 29 2020

       Isn't that a glaring contradiction when you take a particular pleasure in the measurement of everything in rat's testicle diameters?
xenzag, Apr 29 2020

       We understand that the current S.I. standard for the millimetre is "Twice the width of M. Macron's brain".
8th of 7, Apr 29 2020

       This is baked for Ethernet cables.
I just finished pulling several thousand feet of Cat6 tech cable to bring this place into the modern age and was very glad that the amount left on each spool is marked on every foot of the cable.

       // several thousand feet ... bring this place into the modern age... marked on every foot //   

       Bit of a perceptual disconnect there, shirley ?
8th of 7, Apr 29 2020

       We do metric and imperial here,   

       ...we're bilingual.

       //[-] for suggesting the use of archaic units as a primary option.//   

       [+] for suggesting the use of sensible units. I was wondering why this isn't done. The obvious reason is cost. Electrical cabling is one of those low margin/high volume products where every penny counts. As long as it's in compliance, the minimum cost option wins.   

       The only other reason I can think of is the aesthetics/pragmatic visuals. If there is exposed cable, most would appreciate that it is as plain and inconspicuous as possible. Secondly, in complex wiring, there is often color/pattern coding. It would be difficult and confusing to write over a 2 color spiral or stripe, particularly if small.   

       A clever workaround might be to print markings in UV fluorescent ink. UV LEDs are now easily available and could be incorporated into a head light for easy use on site. You could even do multi color, green for imperial, orange for metric etc. It would be machine readable too. Ooh, this gives me an idea.
bs0u0155, Apr 29 2020

       What, you don't like to measure things in decimeters?   

       Even a planck length knows to be approximately a nice decimation of feet. Universal practicality, right there.
RayfordSteele, Apr 29 2020

       So not a milli-Ohm count? which would infer gauge. Any linear count, once use to it, would do.
wjt, May 02 2020


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