I went to Walmart to get a few tubes of silicone caulk to fix some
leaks on my barn roof. Just loose nails mostly. They were out of
silicone and I asked a worker to check for some in the back. He comes
back and says they dont have any. That should have been the end of
the discussion but the idiot tells me regular caulk will work and
hands me a tube. I said no, it wont stick well enough. Then he hands
me some construction adhesive and says "this will stick". I begin to
explain that is not intended to be a caulk, when the asshole butts in
and tells me I am wrong, and it IS a caulk. About this time another
worker, a woman comes over and asks me what is wrong, I explain
fixing my roof and she hands me a tube of asphalt roof patching, and
insists this is better than silicone. Thats when I got pissed and
said "I only want silicone", and announced I will go to Home Depot.
I worked in the home construction trades for over 30 years. I know
what I want. and know what to use. I pity the average homeowner who
takes this advice and ends up with a real mess because these idiot
Walmart employes dont know anything but act like they do, just to make
a quick sale. I never asked for their opinions in the first place. I
only asked of they had any silicone caulk in the stock room.
On Jul 17, 4:47 am, email@example.com wrote:
As someone who listens to and works in the Retail trade, while also
working in the trades plumbing. Ive seen and heard more blowhards who
think they know it all and there is no other way but there way. Not to
say that of you but the Adhesive was wrong the roof patch will work
better than caulk as it doesn't shrink as bad, Caulking is the
handyman's secret weapon ahead of duct tape. Remember that we want
cheap prices at the store and think that employees should be low payed
while knowing all about the store. Where the thingmacallit is and how
to rewire a home people If you want good advice don't go to box store
but a Mom And Pop as they do care and have the time they own the
bussiness. If you can still find one in business
I no longer expect any employee at ANY store to know about the products they
I'm happy if they can just tell me where a specific product is located in
the store. If they know, I'm delightfully surprised!
So far as people whose minds are filled with misinformation, seems the more
wrong they are, the more they will argue and insist they are correct. I will
attempt to give them the correct information once. If they do not listen,
then that is their problem...
I tell people that to find anything at HD, you need to ask 3 employees.
By the time you've found 3 employees that will talk to you, you'll have walked
the entire store and found the item yourself.
I bet you live in a house, right?
I noticed that when I lived in an apartment, if I went to HD, I'd get
stopped several times by employees, asking if they could help me. They
always seemed to think I must be lost or confused. No matter how
purposeful or confident I looked, there they were, asking skeptically,
"Can I help you find something?". You could almost hear them thinking,
"What's he doing here...this is *HOME* Depot, not *APARTMENT" Depot".
When I bought a house, that stopped. Now I can wander the store,
looking lost, confused, obviously yearning for help, and no employee
will come near me.
Nowadays, when I ecounter that kind of "strong smell of stupid", I just
think to myself, "Aren't you glad you're you and not them and have what
you've got now because you studied and learned things and thought about
what you were going to say before you opened your mouth?"
That works great for me....
Another one I learned recently was not to get irritated when I'm running
late but have to pull my car over when an ambulance siren starts
wailing. I just say to myself, "Gee, I sure hope they get that poor soul
to the hospital in time, what if it's one of my loved ones?"
Just my .02,
Good advice. Even a little prayer for the ambulance passenger, as
well as the attendants. Firefighters, paramedics and police all have
dangerous jobs, and could use it. After a very bad accident of my
own, I am even more aware of this than I used to be.
As for the know-it-all workers, I typically just explain what I'm
doing, and provide the informaton. They can take it or not. Often
they won't appear to at the moment, but it may give them thought for
later. Sometimes, I have found that the guy does know what he's
talking about, and one of us is simply not communicating well enough.
Patience is difficult to come by when you are in the middle of a job
and have to run to the store, but it is a good thing to have. I know
I need it myself sometimes.
"One sparrow does not make a summer." Walmart is where you get stuff at
a great price, not where you go to get advice. If you want to avoid
Walmart and pay too much for stuff, that is your right. But the old-
fashioned hardware stores where some grandpa expert told you everything
you needed to know are all gone with the wind. It is a new age. Now if
you want advice, you have to ask Google.
For such a great start, you went astray awfully early... :)
WalMart doesn't even necessarily have all that great a price -- you
really need to know what things go for elsewhere before making the
assumption its cheapest there...
And "all" home-owned full-service hardware stores aren't "gone with he
wind"...many, true, but certainly not all...
Yep -- was in an industrial supply house this morning, picking up some
bearings, and saw a rack of AA batteries behind the counter with this sign
over it: "We beat Wal-Mart's prices on batteries". And they did.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I live in a place (West Tennessee) where there are still pleanty of mom and
Sadly, most of the people in this area are ignorant.
It's often necessary to teach THEM what I'm looking for and it's use.
Generally they try to be helpful, but are not skilled in the use of most
There is a talk show host on a local radio show that does a DIY kind of
program. I have listend to him give some of the WORST advice you will ever
ehar to people that call in.
So... if I want good advice, I know I have to drive 45 miles to a big box
store. The people that work in our local HD & Lowes are friendly,
knowledgable and very helpful. Not to mention a much better selection.
If you find that you are unable to get assistance in one of those stores,
don't always blame the employees. It's Corporate. The FIRST thing they cut,
Really? When did they start that? You may get some things at a good price,
but they are not the cheapest around. They often sell a lower quality brand
or carry the cheaper models.
WalMart spends millions of $$$ in advertising to get you to think they have
the lowest prices. Same with Home Depot and Loews, etc. It pays to shop
around and be aware of the cost of items you use regularly.
=Very true. There has been a significant decline in the quality of Wal-Mart
One mid-line lawn sprinkler broke right out of the box and the outdoor
extension cord I bought
has the plug pulled out after about three uses.
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