First off, thanks to all who posted responses a few days ago to my "Molding
style" question. I decided to go with a built-up molding.
I need to get a plate joiner. Not being a pro, I felt I didn't need a
porter or dewalt, so I went to Harbor Freight. I thought the tools were
absolute junk and an accident waiting to happen. It felt like I was
shopping the "Job Lot" (New england people know what I am talking about) of
tools. Am I off-base on this?
You can get a 25' Stanley locking tape measure for SRP of $39.23 or a Harbor
Freight model for $1.99. There's probably not a lot of difference in the
A Black & Decker orbital sander can be had for about $24.00. HF has one for
You can get a Leviton GFCI outlet for about $33.00. The HF model is $13.00.
Both UL listed.
Now if you want a milling machine or a spot welder...
At home, I have a Stanley. At the office, where tools grow legs, I have
a dayglo green Big Lots (discount store) $3.99 special, with my name
written on it in Sharpie broadpoint. Back when I swung a hammer for a
living, I think it was a Lufkin.
(Driving a desk for a living, I don't really NEED tools at work. But for
pissant stuff, it is easier to do it myself, than to do the paperwork to
have the greenshirts do it. And I find it comforting to have some small
symbols of reality around.)
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