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I can't figure out how scales would work with big boxes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GregI, May 17, 2019.

  1. dan958


    Joined: Oct 14, 2012

    Posts: 959

    Stand on some household scales, look at the weight. Now put your arms out to the side, it stays the same weight, right?

    As long as it is only touching the weight and not anything else on the side, it will be fine.
  2. Roar87


    Joined: May 10, 2012

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    Location: Leeds

    Is this an elaborate troll? Why would overhang affect the total force exerted on the scale?
  3. touch


    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

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    Location: Sufferlandria

    Because the overhanging bit isn't on the scale! Duh! How can it be exerting any force?
  4. Armageus


    Joined: May 19, 2012

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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Depends if the plane is on a treadmill?
  5. Brizzles


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    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    Throw it off a building, if it falls faster than gravity then Gemma Collins was inside
  6. h4rm0ny


    Joined: Jun 25, 2011

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    Location: Yorkshire and proud of it!

    A box that is empty is full of air. A balloon that is empty is not. A box of balloons is both empty and full and it ties my brain in a knot.
  7. Werewolf


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

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    His question isn't actually as daft as it might sound.

    IIRC depending on the method the scales use to weigh (spring or electronic), design, age and the surface they are on putting the weight on a different part of the platform could give a different result.
    Not a major issue for kitchen/household scales, but for larger ones it is an issue especially if you were trying to get an accurate measurement at the edges of it's range.

    I remember a set of bathroom scales we had when I was younger that would give varying (but repeatable) differences in weight depending on how you stood on them, iirc if I put my weight on the "back" of the scale it weighed me lighter than if I let my weight settle naturally across the scale (or on the "front" edge). I think it was something worn inside the frame that meant it wasn't operating smoothly if the weight was unevenly distributed.
  8. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

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    Estimate how many queen wasps would fit in the box. Ask your father if he's ever killed queen wasps for a living (if not, find another father). Weigh him - you can use these scales as long as the father doesn't overhang. Take his weight away from the number of queen wasps, and you have the weight of the box and contents.

  9. Shivy011


    Joined: Oct 26, 2013

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    Location: Leicester/Loughborough


    I use one of these ****** wooden stools
    Put the stool on scales
    Put suitcase/box/whatever on top
    Bob's your uncle
  10. JOSH


    Joined: Oct 23, 2013

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    Location: Surrey

    Weigh yourself, hold box, weigh yourself with the box, subtract your weight?

    I can’t believe I am even entertaining this tbh...
  11. Jasoncmor


    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

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    I used to use the kitchen scales with a dish on it, set the scales to 0 then stick the box on top, it was easy enough to see the weight that way with the overhang.
  12. GregI


    Joined: Dec 10, 2007

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    In my defence I was drunk.

    Apparently I also went on reddit at 3:27am and asked "what was made first, water or dr pepper?????"
  13. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

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    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Well, that's obvious.

    The Dr Pepper guys clearly invented something and then asked themselves what ingredients they needed.
  14. vanpeebles


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    :D love it!
  15. DXP55


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    Stupid boy Pike - you still have overlap :rolleyes::rolleyes:
  16. Minstadave


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    What if the scales were on a treadmill?
  17. StoutMeister


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    That 4 dick stool is cool.
  18. SexyGreyFox

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    I love the suggestion of standing on the scales, weighing yourself, pick up the box and subtract the difference.
    You will still have the 'overhang' but 4 foot higher :)

    Anyway, ask yourself "If I had a 10 foot long steel bar that weighs 3 stone would it weigh less on the scales because at least 90% of it hangs over the sides"?
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
  19. Haggisman


    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

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    Location: Birmingham

    Of course :confused:

    This is why proper lifting technique is to pick up long heavy objects with 1 hand in the middle, rather than 1 hand at each end, so that they weigh less...
  20. touch


    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

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    Agreed. Also why it's recommended to have someone help you with heavier lifts. One person right at each end means maximum overhang for each person and easiest lift.