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Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 17:50:48 MST Print View

Cannot believe that I am going to ask this question.....BUT here I go.

If something is weighed at 1.6 pounds...Does this mean one pound six ounces? I have seen on websites where this has been written and just need to make sure I get this right...please don't skewer me!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 17:52:46 MST Print View

No, it should mean 1 pound 10 ounces or so. (25.6 ounces)

Edited by jshann on 01/03/2012 17:55:20 MST.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 17:56:48 MST Print View

Then how does the .6 equate to the 10 ounces???

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 17:59:32 MST Print View

"Then how does the .6 equate to the 10 ounces???"

Multiply 16 oz(one pound) by .6 and you get 9.6 oz, close to 10 oz. Add it to 16 oz and, as John said, you get 25.6 oz. I hope this helps, Ken.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 18:01:15 MST Print View

.6 pounds is just over half a pound or just over 8 ounces.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Easy way to figure on 01/03/2012 18:04:49 MST Print View

If you want to convert between grams, ounces pounds or whatever just type it in as a google search, for example "32 oz. to pounds." and the the search reasult should give you the answer.

Edited by Cameron on 01/03/2012 18:05:24 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Easy way to figure on 01/03/2012 18:09:29 MST Print View

In case you're stuck off-line with only your slide rule:

1 pound = 453.6 grams
1 ounce = 28.3 grams

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Easy way to figure on 01/03/2012 18:12:15 MST Print View

Thanks all....and I appreciate no one teasing me :)

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: Easy way to figure on 01/03/2012 18:17:29 MST Print View

>"I appreciate no one teasing me."

I never did figure out pounds, shillings and pence before they went decimal!

And only my son understands galleons, sickles and knuts - the monetary system in Harry Potter.

I just asked him: 29 knuts in a sickle, 17 sickles in a galleon.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 18:26:16 MST Print View

My iMac has a "Dashboard" program that includes a calculator and conversions. I should use it more often--I always thought a hectare was smaller than an acre, but I recently discovered that a hectare is 2 1/2 times bigger!

Getting decimals involved with pounds and ounces is dicey (it's so easy with metric measurements!). Just remember that there are 16 ounces in a pound, so get out your calculator (or spreadsheet) and multiply 16 by the decimal.

I have this feeling that JK Rowling was mocking the former English system!

Edited by hikinggranny on 01/03/2012 18:27:42 MST.

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 18:46:57 MST Print View

I suspect sometimes it does, Ken. But it shouldn't.

After all, if you have a bag that weighs 30 oz, do you say 1.14 pounds? No, you should say 1.9 pounds.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
To be fair... on 01/03/2012 18:54:31 MST Print View

To be fair, I have definitely seen mainstream publications confuse this issue quite a bit (Outside's most recent gear issue comes to mind). Where some gear might weigh 2 lbs, 4 oz, they'll list it at 2.4 lbs.

Now that I know to watch out for it, it just feels sloppy.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 18:58:11 MST Print View

Ken, I'm totally confused. I didn't think alcohol was measured in pounds.....

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: To be fair... on 01/03/2012 18:58:22 MST Print View

I found the article that I remembered, about the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15. It weighs 3 lbs, 6 oz not 3.6 lbs as they list it.

http://blog.deuterusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/BGS11_Hike_Packs.jpg

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 20:36:28 MST Print View

@ Ken,
It is an excellent question!! I have noticed that this generation does use 0.X as ounces, when it really is tenths of a pound. But when you grow up using a decimal system it is understandable. I always am wary when I see pounds with a decimal.

@ Dave T,
I like your style!

Old Gear 2

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/03/2012 22:39:46 MST Print View

>"I have this feeling that JK Rowling was mocking the former English system!"

Mary,

That was my take on it as well.

The brillant thing was that she could have that perspective from INSIDE the system.

Sabine Funk
(SabineFunk) - F
Re: A Questions Regarding Pounds and Ounces on 01/04/2012 03:57:58 MST Print View

Thanks for making all that stuff clearer =)
I'm sort of glad that even you guys can have trouble with it.
As a european I only knew grams and kg, when I first came to the states, and I still don't know all about the "new" measurement.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: Easy way to figure on 01/04/2012 04:55:26 MST Print View

Ounces and Fluid Ounces vary.
A floz is 29.57 ml or grams. This varies by country and system.
"US regulation 21 CFR 101.9(b)(5)(viii) also defines a fluid ounce as exactly 30 millilitres, but this is for use in nutrition labeling only" (Wikopedia)

Anyway, ounces, fluid ounces, Imperial gallons, gallons, is all screwwed up. I usually go with ~28g=1ounce unless I get rounding errors for larger numbers (over 3 ounces.)

A fl ounce of alcohol does NOT weigh 1 ounce. Closer to .78ounce by density. It has some water in it so I allow for that by rounding to .8. Not real accurate, I am backpacking...

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Agua, it's the agua on 01/04/2012 07:22:37 MST Print View

Ahh, but a fluid ounce of pure water weighs an ounce. The tequila, less accurate. What do 16 of those weigh? One.

And what's a cubic centimeter, also known as a millileter, of water weigh? One. A thousand of those weigh, one.

Watah. It's the watah.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Agua, it's the agua on 01/04/2012 10:57:20 MST Print View

Thanks for the answers all.... It is much clearer now. 10 years of weighing everything and I never stopped to figure this out...... Doh