It works out great, Leon, once I purchased lag bolts that weren't from the
bulk bin at Home Depot. The bolts are currently holding up a home-made
welded bracket, which in turn is holding up my bathroom sink.
The sink itself weighs maybe 20 or 30 pounds, so I tested the bracket by
holding myself up with it, and it didn't budge.
The numbers are based on maximizing holding power, not making a crap
fastener survive being driven. They state the assumptions, which are 35,000
PSI yield and 77,000 PSI UTS, slightly higher than required for a Grade 1
Are you saying that the properties of wood have changed so radically in the
last 30 years that lag screws hold differently in them now? Because the
recommendations are not about allowing you to use crap screws without
breaking them while driving, they are about sticking wood together so it
FWIW, my neighbor asked me and another neighbor to hang her new
LCD TV set, using an arm bracket. Without going into detail, we
needed (4) 1/4" X 6" lags to get the job done really solid. I
sized the pilot hole myself, using the MK22 eyeball device in my
head, and by the way, the hole was drilled with a 5" long bit.
2 of the blasted things torqued off, meaning that we had to adjust
the height of the bracket to remount it. They are a POS and it'll
be a cold day in Hades before I use anything like that in a
Without having them tested how would you know? You are pretty much
guaranteed that the fasteners you can buy there are the lowest quality
they you can possibly buy.
You can get much better quality (and actually pay less) at industrial
That varies from store to store. The one closest to me is quite good as for
layout. What is a PIA is that parking spaces have been getting smaller and
smaller.When you pull in to a parking spot, in a Subaru Impreza, and have to
be careful not to hit the car next to you with your door as you get out,
it's getting a bit tight. The spacing between rows is getting smaller too.
In my F250, I have to park out in "no mans land". I can see the day when it
will be impractical to park anything larger than a motorized skateboard.
That also varies from store to store (they don't always own the
buildings or the land). When I lived in VT I rarely went into the
WallyWorld because the lot was crazy. HD shared the same lot but that
end wasn't as busy so was less of a human obstacle course. Stores in
NE OH had no such problems, nor do the ones here in AL.
Undoubtedly; I think that's the only place in VT where WallyWorld and HD
share a parking lot. (I think the only other city with both stores is
Rutland.) And yes, it's a horrid parking lot layout.
For those who are morbidly curious, the two stores are at opposite ends
of this lot, which has unbroken lanes running from store to store with
perpendicular parking. The two entrances/exits to the lot are at the
corners where the stores and the parking lot meet, so that the only way
to enter or exit the lot (by vehicle) is to drive along the fire lanes
where other shoppers are trying to navigate to or from their cars. Why
on earth they didn't have a single car entrance/exit lane across the
middle away from the pedestrians is a great mystery to me.
Or, if you're a visual sort of person, see the madness from above:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
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