I used to have one nearby. I'd go in and tell the owner I was going to get
some pipe. Then I'd go downstairs, cut and thread whatever I needed and
bring it up to the counter. He never measured, but took my measurements to
price it and off I'd go.
We have something like that near me. He doesn't send me to the cellar to cut
and thread pipe, but he did roll off a bunch of 12-2 UF and charge me less
than HD for a longer piece. I do try to bring him my business, when
-- Of course, you'd be a knucklehead to go to that same place for a
-- of standard-color paint that you can easily find on one of the
-- gazillions of paint sample cards at Lowes.
Unless you also want one of the 8 finishes available at the paint
store instead of the 3 available at the borgs.
I choose a Low Lustre finish based on the recomendation from the
expert. At Lowes I had a choice of flat, satin or semi-gloss.
I took a paint stick into a SW store, said to the guy, "I need a half-gallon
"We don't do half-gallons," he said.
"Okay," I replied, "I'll take two quarts."
"Can't do that either. Minimum is a gallon."
"So I suppose four pints is out of the question?"
I left. About a half hour later, I repeated the conversation to the regional
manager for SW who said: "I know the guy you described. Up until a couple of
minutes ago, he was in our management-trainee program. That store does cater
to builders and contractors, but he should have found some way to accomodate
My experience with the big boxes: If it's not a stock color or the
computer color match doesn't get the match right, you're toast. They
normally don't know jack about tweaking.
Guys at paint stores know colorants and how to tweak. Not all of them,
mind you -- it's rather amusing to see the formula written on the can
involving 8 colorants and the color is basically Light Tan. One
mistake requires an additional colorant to kill the mistake, so the
final formula can get quite "wordy".
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