2"x4" Where did that come from?

  1. FoxZulu

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    As per the title, I've always known wood as '4x2' (4by2), '2x1' etc but now everyone seems to have reversed this. Is this an American thing?
     
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  3. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    2x4 for me.
    Bugger all to do with America for me. It's just the way my brain works.
     
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    Not at all. Being of the "younger generation" your mind has been polluted with the pernicious USspeak :whistle:
     
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  5. brightspark

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    4x2 always the biggest 1st. well it has been for the last 50 years I know
     
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  6. garethp Member

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    Dont worry about it and buy 4x2 cls...

    That's neither 4x2 or 2x4 :D
     
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  7. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Made worse by the fact they say 2 buy 4 and not 4 bee 2 like normal people:laughing:

    disclaimer...before anyone starts over the word "normal" its a tongue in cheek comment,my missus is a yank and she says it and is also not normal:D
     
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  8. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Nope

    I look at it this way
    1x1
    1x2
    1x3
    Etc
    2x2
    2x3
    2x4
    2x5
    2x6
    Etc.


    Other way around seems odd to me.
    2x Is the constant and the x4 x5 is the variable
     
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  9. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Bee ?
    That's those yellow and black things that buzz around
     
  10. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Not being funny mate but there is no way i have heard anyone say 1x2 or 1x3 this side of Hawaii:laughing: ..you could half get away with it with 2" constant upwards but not 1"
     
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  11. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    no thats a wasp
     
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  12. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Like I said above. It's got bugger all to do with America for me.
    It's just the way my brain is wired

    1x stock.
    2x stock
    3x stock
    Etc
     
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  13. FoxZulu

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    4 bee 2, and it always will be. Old git me - NOT
     
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  14. Hitch

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    Think it came from Hacksaw Jim Duggan...
     
  15. brightspark

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    if you get batted by someone its allways a 4x2 :laughing:
     
  16. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Just make sure you don't lose your hammerrrrrrrrrr when your about to fix it:D
     
  17. Ruffian Member

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    Haven't got a clue what your talking about.

    Used to buying 50x100 :scared:

    And sheets in 2440x1220.
     
  18. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Bah. Hammers are for hitting stuff. Nailguns are for fixing. Never be without a nailgun.


    So what's bee supposed to mean

    2 inches by 4 inches makes sense but the bee?
     
  19. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    97x45 ;)


    Or 45x97

    Whatever floats your goat
     
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  20. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    must be a regional sounding thing but we ask for 4x2 and the x being "bee" sounding instead of "by" in our scouse native tongue..just like you its the way my brain is wired:)
     
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