Home Depot or Lowes?


Each thinks they are the best, of course.
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Personally, I'd go to my local Ace, first. IBS? Doesn't that stand for irritable bowel syndrome? Tom
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

I prefer Lowe's. Every time I go to HD, it's impossible to get someone to assist you, even if there are no customers in the store. At Lowe's, no matter how packed it is, someone will at least tell you they'll assist you as soon as their finished with the customer they're with. The ACE hardware store nearest me doesn't have near the selection and are slightly more expensive, but they do have the weird one off things that I occassionally need (kind of like NAPA when I'm doing automotive work). These are just my observations, and seems to be consistent with the people I've spoken with around here.
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On Sun, 22 May 2005 11:04:49 -0400, the inscrutable Odinn

You've never asked at the Contractor's desk. If they're busy, they'll call someone to help you, but if not, they'll either look it up and give you the aisle number and approximate position or actually leave the security of their counter <g> and walk you right to the parts you need, no trouble. That said, I've had more Lowes drones ask me if I needed any help, and often they were more savvy of their store inventory than the HD drones. My nearest Lowes is 25 miles away while the nearest HD is over 100, so guess where I shop.

The NAPA around here is worse than the HD you go to. <sigh> One guy in front with 3 customers, 2 guys within view of all of us, both shootin' the shit all the while.
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Larry Jaques wrote:

We have a Lowe's and HD across the street from each other 20 miles away (they're building a new HD about 10 miles away). Almost every time I go, Lowe's is packed, HD is empty. There never seems to be anyone at the Contractor's desk in the HD, and 2-3 at the Lowe's. Guess they don't need as many people working at HD since they don't have as many customers :)

That's typical of any NAPA I've seen, but they always have those oddball items you need, IF you can just get them to assist you.
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wrote:

My local hardware store is my choice for most items.. just a lot shorter walk from the parking lot, much faster to find what I need, faster to walk up to the cash register and leave them my money... and to be honest the prices are close enough that (some cheaper some more expensive) that I sure do not mind...
But between Lowes and Home Depot...I prefer the local Lowes ...My wife on the other had prefers Home Depot...(??? we shop for different things I guess) ...
But last year Home Depot opened a second store in town...and my wife prefers to shop at Lowes over the New Home Depot... so she would rank the 3 stores .. .OLD Home Depot.. Lowes... NEW Home Depot Bob Griffiths
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My local hardware store doesn't carry 1/4 of what Lowes or HD carry. I still spend a few bucks there. I buy all my outdoor power equipment at a local hardware store.
I remember one time pricing a 12" abrasive blade at HD and not buying it. $5 or $6. I was at the local hardware store and decided to buy it. $15. Guess which store I bought it at? Not everything is that bad.
Brian Elfert
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I like Lowes better. I leave the store with more needed items than with Home Depot. Of course, that can be different in another location.
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Having just bought another house, HD conveniently had this wonderful sale with 10%, free delivery, plus those dang gift card thingies. So, I bought some kitchen appliances there instead of the local appliance place, where I would normally shop.
Did notice that Lowes had a better selection on the floor, but they can order about anything.
Also noticed that Lowes had a better selection in lighting and ceiling fans, so I asked them to match the HD coupon for 10% and got some nice lighting there.
I think Lowes comes across a little "classier" and HD more down to earth. HD seems to have improved though I can't put my finger on exactly where. Was a time I wouldn't go in the place.
HD seems to have more selection in the contractor type parts (plumbing odds n ends, etc.), Lowes in the home design stuff (appliances, lighting, etc.).
But for the out of the mainstream you gotta go to a local shop. e.g. needed a laundry sink faucet. Lowes and HD carry some chinzy ones that I wasn't happy with. A local plumbing supply place had a nice brass, solidly built (in the USA no less) faucet, plus the shut off valve I was looking for, plus a lot of helpful chatter. But, they also sold solder in 1# rolls and 1/4" copper pipe in way long lengths. Back to HD/Lowes for those.
BTW, this is in the Maryland 'burbs of DC.
Renata
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My distaste for the BORGs has driven me to seek out the hometown specialty stores. When push comes to shove, I hit (B)Lowe's.
~Rob
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