I don't have anything against saving time and money.
For me, with HD being less than 5
minutes from my house (and the other one less than 10 minutes), that
is MY best first option. And 98% of the time, they have what I need.
It would be foolish for me to look else where first.
BTW, did you miss my post about the ice maker I got from
But I could have bought it from an appliance repair store and paid
probably about $125.00.
Like I wrote, JUST the control module was $60.00 from there.
I got a whole damn ice maker from Lowes (a Whirlpool) for $50.00.
So to say I don't care about saving time, and money is absurd.
The discussion began with plumbing parts, which is why numerous people have
suggested that the OP find a source that'll make him happy next time. The
ice maker is still a weird example, and I stand by that statement because I
once shopped for a transmission for my washing machine. The price ranged
from $75 to $200 for the exact same G.E. part. It's not enough of a
commodity to keep prices within a narrow range.
But you shop at Lowes, so it is obvious that you care nothing
about saving money or time. You just want convenience. And
that is OK. Just don't complain when you become frustrated
due to all the time and money that you have wasted making the
borgs your first choice.
As far as your icemaker episode, I once broke the side view
mirror off my Chevy truck. On my way home, there was a bag of
garbage on the side of our street (litter on our country
road). I stopped to pick it up because I have a dumpster and
there was a side view mirror laying in the grass by the bag of
garbage. I found a great deal that time, but that is not the
first place I look when I need an auto part.
If the borgs work for you, then great. They need people like
you to keep them in business. People like me are sure not
going to do it and I spend over a quarter million dollars a
year on supplies.
This must be a "northern" thing since I've never heard of a
hot water boiler. Isn't that some type of central heater/furnace?
That is why I brought up heat pump, not something I would EVER buy
from HD or Lowes, much less try to install it.
I guess depending on your skill level everything could be considered
home repair, but I was talking about what most DIY can accomplish on
their own w/o making matters worse.
Thats why I don't go there because they only stock common stuff so you
always end up with another trip anyway to the real supply house.
I was over my buddies a few weeks ago and he is trained to go to big
box. He asked me to help him with something so off to hd we go. After a
long treasure hunt and trying to cobble things together from what they
had we asked about a common item. The guy says they don't have that but
"Smithville Plumbing" would.
YES in the midwest Menards totally blows away HD, and every other
lumber yard I've ever visited in my 53 years for that matter. They
are awesome stores that dwarf 3 or 4 home depots put together. Need a
whole house or cottage/garage kit? The guy at Menards will send it
over in a few days, you cant even buy a house at HD if you wanted to.
And they have a greater flow of new products, HD sells the same stuff
for the past 10 years and every HD has exactly the same items, very
disappointing. But compared to Lowes HD is still better, at our Lowes
you cannot get a 2x4 over 8 feet long. But with a Menards there why
bother with either HD or Lowes.
There's a new building supply store around here, called HD Supply. Much
cheaper than Home Depot. They sell to anyone.
I needed some cabinet knobs and handles for a rental I have. I wasn't
interested in anything designer. HD Supply had some good ones for 88¢
each, less than 1/2 the price of anything decent from Home Depot. Less
than Ikea too. These are very high margin items that Home Depot charges
a lot for.
I don't know where you live, but in my neck of the woods, if you can't
shop before 5:30 PM you are SOL and HD is your only option. All the
good stores close at 6 and the big plumbing supply house (which I've
never been inside, for obvious reasons) at 5. Only a handful of good
stores have Saturday hours.
it really frosts my cookies, I think the only reason they close early is
so they don't have to deal with homeowners who don't know what to ask
for, only contractors
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
It used to be that way here, too (Rochester NY), probably because so many
people worked for places like Kodak & Delco, where the day shift ended at
4:00 or 4:30. As those industries have shrunk, places like hardware stores
have adjusted and are open till 6:30 or 7:00, maybe with one weeknight till
8:00 or 8:30. Sounds like these businesses in your town aren't interested in
making more money.
There's a plumbing supply house here that's open at least a couple of late
nights, as well as Saturdays & Sundays, and they do a huge business.
Everyone there knows their stuff. You're in & out in five minutes with
exactly what you need. Every now and then, they run TV & print ads that take
pot shots at HD & Lowe's. They're perfect.
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