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Jerome J. Lazar, RA, CCS, CSI, SCIP
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Username: lazarcitec

Post Number: 171
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 10:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We are doing a project in Jamaica and our specifications must be written according to metric measurement. Masterspec is great for some of the conversions, however not all are listed...is there any websites that provide the numbers already converted for typical building materials...R Value is the real killer - not a mathematician here so any insight would be appreciated.
Ron Beard CCS
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Username: rm_beard_ccs

Post Number: 83
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 11:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Try the following:


Jerome J. Lazar, RA, CCS, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: lazarcitec

Post Number: 172
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 01:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks Ron, the onlineconversion site I've been to, too many different sites to jump to, I'll try the other one, I was hoping there would be one geared to architects and construction professionals.
Margaret G. Chewning FCSI CCS
Senior Member
Username: presbspec

Post Number: 75
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 08:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Jerome, I have a handy dandy conversion program that my husband's engineering office uses. Send me your email and I'll send you the program. I think it's written in basic and has most of the conversions you'll ever need. I've used it quite often when working with metric specs.
Phil Kabza
Senior Member
Username: phil_kabza

Post Number: 141
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 10:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Licensed MASTERSPEC users can download a PDF copy of MASTERMETRIC, which I keep within reach. It contains all the various metric conversions used in developing MASTERSPEC; it helps explain the frequently misunderstood equivalent metric units we encounter in conversions of performance test data. www.arcomnet.com and search the Site Map for "metric."
Tracy Van Niel
Senior Member
Username: tracy_van_niel

Post Number: 141
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 01:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

SpecLink has the ability to check a box for metric units or inch/pound units or both if that's what you want and then it incorporates it into the sections automatically. You can also create a footer (and header too if that's what you use) once and then it's incorporated automtically into every section that you use for the project.
Robert E. Woodburn
Senior Member
Username: bwoodburn

Post Number: 84
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 12:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks, Phil. The "MasterMetric" 44-page document appears to have the comprehensive coverage of gages I have sought. Up until now, it may have been one of MasterSpec's best-kept secrets.

But it is still deplorable that it is proprietary, not an openly available standard promulgated by the NIST.
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 429
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 04:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Though it is not construction-oriented, one of my favorite conversion web sites is www.convert-me.com. It has conversions of nearly everything, with some really odd units, too. Of course, using a system like this completely fails to take into account hard versus soft conversions. I'd also check out this ASTM standard, my old 1978 copy was excellent in dealing with the hard/soft issue, as well as having many conversion tables (click the title for the link): Standard Practice for the Use of Metric Units in Building Design and Construction

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