On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 21:01:34 -0500, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Sure, but that's another issue. I was happy when HD came to town. It
made the local lumber yards (2) and Ace Hardware look like the pitiful
places they were (yes, a HD was nice in comparison). The three went
out of business shortly. Good riddance. AIUI two Lowes are opening
up in the area now. I much prefer Lowes, but shop at both.
That depends on the store. I've got a couple of _very_good_ hardware
stores that happen to be part of the ACE co-op nearby. And a first
class one that joined up with TruValue. They've got people that -know-
what they're talking about, _and_ carry a lot of stuff that is not
the Ace/TruValue house label.
I keep seeing this answer.... what does that mean exactly? Not piling on
you but what exactly defines a "real" hardware store, and does that
guarantee that the "real" hardware store will also not have crap?
MeFeeleys is generally considered a reputable source for fasteners, I agree
for wood screws and graded nuts and bolts however I have bought some pretty
cheesy ungraded machine screws from McFeeleys, I have had several break
from 100 pack box.
I also agree that the big box chains are probably not the best source for
screws but if you buy name brand screws from those stores you are going to
get better quality. While I steer away from prepackaged plastic bags of
screws from those type stores I have never had a problem with larger bolts
and lag screws providing they had proper sized pilot screws.
For many years now I have been buying from McFeeleys, but only to restock
what I have used from my inventory. I typically order 500-1,000 screws from
them once or twice a year. MUCH handier to have it on hand that to go the
store and buy them and are typically better quality.
My two-time experiences with McFeeleys has been very positive. Prices, while
generally higher, are not painful and the products that I've purchased were
exactly what I needed. Unlike the machine screws that I'd purchased prior
from OSH (a formerly GREAT hardware store but ruined by Sears -- a curse
from the gahds on that corporate bastion of greed and averice) which sheered
with the slightest pressure making a simple job not, I'll order from
McFeeleys when I'm able to plan a job out.
The screws I ordered from McFeeleys and had problems with were 1/8" machine
screws and that was 10+ years ago and they were not graded. When in doubt
give them a call, they will not steer you wrong. I did not need a quality
fastener at the time but was surprised that they were no better than the
typical no name Borg screws.
I do like McFeeleys, I have probably 2-3 thousand of their wood screws on
hand at any particular time.
I had the same experience. I have never been disappointed by their regular
screws, but I did get a crappy box of dowel screws from them once. I called
them on it and they offered me the opportunity to return them at my expense.
( I was underwhelmed).
Buyer beware. Just because McFeeleys stocks it, it does not make it quality.
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