FWIW, my neighbor asked me and another neighbor to hang her new
LCD TV set, using an arm bracket. Without going into detail, we
needed (4) 1/4" X 6" lags to get the job done really solid. I
sized the pilot hole myself, using the MK22 eyeball device in my
head, and by the way, the hole was drilled with a 5" long bit.
2 of the blasted things torqued off, meaning that we had to adjust
the height of the bracket to remount it. They are a POS and it'll
be a cold day in Hades before I use anything like that in a
Without having them tested how would you know? You are pretty much
guaranteed that the fasteners you can buy there are the lowest quality
they you can possibly buy.
You can get much better quality (and actually pay less) at industrial
That varies from store to store. The one closest to me is quite good as for
layout. What is a PIA is that parking spaces have been getting smaller and
smaller.When you pull in to a parking spot, in a Subaru Impreza, and have to
be careful not to hit the car next to you with your door as you get out,
it's getting a bit tight. The spacing between rows is getting smaller too.
In my F250, I have to park out in "no mans land". I can see the day when it
will be impractical to park anything larger than a motorized skateboard.
That also varies from store to store (they don't always own the
buildings or the land). When I lived in VT I rarely went into the
WallyWorld because the lot was crazy. HD shared the same lot but that
end wasn't as busy so was less of a human obstacle course. Stores in
NE OH had no such problems, nor do the ones here in AL.
Undoubtedly; I think that's the only place in VT where WallyWorld and HD
share a parking lot. (I think the only other city with both stores is
Rutland.) And yes, it's a horrid parking lot layout.
For those who are morbidly curious, the two stores are at opposite ends
of this lot, which has unbroken lanes running from store to store with
perpendicular parking. The two entrances/exits to the lot are at the
corners where the stores and the parking lot meet, so that the only way
to enter or exit the lot (by vehicle) is to drive along the fire lanes
where other shoppers are trying to navigate to or from their cars. Why
on earth they didn't have a single car entrance/exit lane across the
middle away from the pedestrians is a great mystery to me.
Or, if you're a visual sort of person, see the madness from above:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
I have tried it. It's a non-event.
How far out of your way would you be willing to drive, in order to avoid
having to turn your steering wheel in certain ways because of the way a
parking lot was designed?
You are right -- they are not tapered. Heh, you just may grasp climb
cutting sooner than I predicted!
The root diameter on a 1/4" lag is almost exactly 3/16.
A 1/8" pilot would cause about 1/32" (.032) compression, "on the radius" --
which, if too much, is a whole lot better than *no pilot*, which is what
proly 95% of people do.
Proly the pilot size would depend on the wood and on the grain orientation,
But as I think about it, and look at a lag bolt, mebbe a pilot closer to
3/16 than 1/8 IS appropriate, esp. for long lag bolts. Mebbe 11/64.
Bah, it was I who needed more coffee. What I meant to say was that 1/8" is
actually too *large* for a 1/4" (size 14) screw.
Of course, that is for a wood screw, which I do realize now uses a slightly
smaller hole than does a lag screw.
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