Yes indeedy. A heads up to all the diy-ers out there.
Cursed me has to do some brass plumbing. So I bought a shitpile of it at HD, was absolutely flabbergasted at the prices. Didn't use any of it, until I went to my local place, and holy shit, what a difff.... You still need smelling salts when checking out at the local place, but ogle this:
3/4" close: $5 HD, 3.50 local 3/4x2" 7.88 HD, $450 local 3/4 T: $9 HD, $6.50 local 1/2" ball valve: 9 HD, 8 local 1" ball valve: 19 HD, 16 local
Teflon: $1.09-1.22, 60c locally.
HD was a smidgeon cheaper on 3/8 tubing, but might have been thinner, shittier.
I bought a fair amount of black pipe fittings, for the genset gas installation, but haven't compared them to the local place. Will do that shortly, and report back
So there ya go. Shocking, eh? But it actually figgers -- HD can essentially charge what it wants, and there's not much you can do about it. Unless you do some sleuthing.
When I return the BAGS full of fittings, I'm going to call the manager over, and tell him exactly why I'm returning his overpriced shit.
My strategy is now this: anything I'm experimenting with, which requires a lot of "CYA purchases", ie, more than you will finally need, I do at home depot, and just return all the overage. Or, if the experiment didn't turn out, or if I can return iverything (trial run, whatever), I'll return everything and re-buy from the local guy, once by then I'll know what I"m doing. Shit that I know I'm going to use, I buy locally. And stuff that I need help with, like small faucett stuff, I'll buy locally.
Fuck Home Depot, cuz now that HD fucked the mom/pop hardware industry, now it's time to fuck you. And they are, en masse. Ditto Staples, McD's, all the rest. You can go to a decent diner for not much more than that shit at McDs. -- EA