I needed just three items at the Borg today: one 1/4"-20 x 5" hex bolt, a 1/4"
ID x 3/8" long nylon spacer, and about a dozen 1/8" x 1/2" aluminum pop
HD and Menards are almost next-door to each other, three miles from home.
Lowes (my preference) is twice as far.
So I go to HD... find the bolt with no problem. Find the nylon spacers with
no problem -- but none to be had in 3/8" length, of any diameter. No rivets to
be found, anywhere on the fasteners aisle. Finally found an employee, who
tells me they're in the tool department. Go over to tools. Steel rivets
available in boxes of 15 or 50. Aluminum only in boxes of 50.
Head to the checkout with my twenty-two-cent bolt. Only two registers open,
long lines at both, both cashiers waiting on price checks. GRRRRR.
Put the bolt down, head out the door, go to Menards.... where I find the
spacer, and a package of 15 rivets, in a matter of moments... and then
discover that the longest 1/4-20 bolt they sell is *four*
inches, so I have to
go back to HD for the stupid bolt anyway.
Man, I wish I'd just taken the time to drive the extra three miles to Lowe's.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)