# Laminate flooring packs...???

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by macker15, Oct 12, 2006.

1. ### macker15New Member

Lads I know this may sound like a really daft question but please bear with me....?....lol...

When a flooring pack quotes 4.96sq m, what does that mean.....4.96metres b 1 metre....or 4,96 metres by 4.96 metres?....my suspicion is the former but need to check to work our my costings and to avoid over or under ordering....

2. ### audi-evoActive Member

yep it sounds daft!
4.96m2 is the area of floor it will cover.
so if your room is 5m x 4m = 20m2, so divide this by 4.96 and you will find out how many packs you need.

3. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

We really must get the hang of saying sq.m (square metres) when we mean sq.m, and m² (metres squared) when we mean m².

In audi's example 20m² = 400sq.m.

Sq.m means x1.

m² means x itself.

Mr. HandyAndy - really

4. ### audi-evoActive Member

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The Weights and Measures (Quantity Marking and Abbreviations of Units) regulations 1987 define the accepted abbreviation for square metre as m2

5. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

Alright evo.

If I ask you to give me 4m² of carpet, how much carpet is that ?

Is that 4x1(4) or 4x4(16)

Mr. HandyAndy - really

6. ### ShabbaPlanksMember

Handy raises a good point, something I will try and remember to adhere to. Funny that none of my tutors in college have picked up on this, I have answered many questions in test papers using the wrong abbreviation.
Nice one Handy

7. ### malcolm1417New Member

Sorry Andy,Audio is correct,not only is it the accepted abbreviation , it is the correct Symbol.So no matter what

8. ### audi-evoActive Member

handy, i would give you 4m x 1m, as i8 do every day as i own flooring shops, if you asked for 16m2 i would give you 4m x 4m.

9. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

OK. Clever clogs.

You tell me how to write down(using correct terminology/symbols):

4m x4m (4metres squared)

and 4m x 1m (4 square metres)

Mr. HandyAndy - really

10. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

handy, i would give you 4m x 1m, as i8 do every day
as i own flooring shops, if you asked for 16m2 i
would give you 4m x 4m.

But Audi, I wanted 4m² (4 metres squared), which is what I wrote down.

I didn't write down 4sq.m

Mr. HandyAndy - really

12. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

Like any other equation,do the maths then add your
symbol.

If you are gonna try and be clever, write this out in words:

Let me try.... Four to the power of two ?

ie. 4 x 4

Mr. HandyAndy - really

13. ### audi-evoActive Member

m2 is the accepted abbreviation for square metre,
this is commonly used by everyone (except you)
4m2 does not mean 4m x 4m it means four square metres.

14. ### audi-evoActive Member

look at it this way you have four expressed as 4 then you have square metres expressed as m2 so 4m2 means for square metres.
Area has always been m2

15. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

Audi, how then do you express an area that is 4m x 4m.

Is that not 4metres squared ? 4m²

Mr. HandyAndy - really

16. ### malcolm1417New Member

I am certainly not trying to be clever Andy.
In my first post on the subject I pointed out
that your wrong and no matter how you try wriggle

18. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

malc, answer the questions I posed then, if you are so right, and I am so wrong.

Mr. HandyAndy - really

19. ### audi-evoActive Member

4m x 4m = 16m2
ooh look woodland floors advert is on telly advertising their products in ........ m2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20. ### Mr. HandyandyScrewfix Select

but a square kilometre is one million times the area of a square metre.

or 1000m x 1000m = 1 km²

That's 1000m up the side x 1000m along the bottom.

So 2 km² is 2000m up the side x 2000m along the bottom.

That's 4 square km, NOT 2 square km

Mr. HandyAndy - really