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Unread postAuthor: tylerthetatertosser » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:21 pm

well my hardware store is stupid they have nothing you ever need and they follow me like a hawk even though ive never stolen any thing from them... so how stupid is your hardware store?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:25 pm

Haha mine does the same to me, it's like they have nothing better to do, and just because i'm a teenager buying spray paint and plumbing supplies.

Mine also rejected me when I asked to work there part time, they said "You have more then enough knowledge to work here, but the truth is the customers want to be served by older men who look experienced."

Then I go down there a week or two later and there's this girl from my school working there, and she's younger then me and knows nothing about anything.

According to her they hired her because customers have now changed their minds and would like to get served by young girls who are ncie and friendly.
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Unread postAuthor: iPaintball » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:30 pm

I askes for a schrader valve at HD. The guy gave me a ball valve.
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Unread postAuthor: Dornep » Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:01 pm

Sounds exactly like my local hardware store.. Well there's two actually, one is decent but the other is way overpriced and they never have what I need.

Not sure about how incompetent they are as they act like total arses, so I just avoid them. One of the employees was always friendly towards me, one day I returned two of their way overpriced ball valves and since then she gives me a cold stare every time I walk in.
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Unread postAuthor: wannabie » Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:05 pm

LOL

How can you get a schrader and a ball valve mixed up.... *shakes head*

Yeah the guys at my hardware store follow me around all the time, usually i go in there just to look around, see if they have anything of interest and one of them allways come's up to me and says " Can i help you with anything?" and then when i say no im just loooking and they keep following me around.

Although once when i made my first pneumatic, one of the guys there helped me pic all the parts and made sure it all fit together :P
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Unread postAuthor: strangers » Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:05 pm

I'd say my local hardware is great, pipe cut to length, fittings are always in stock, their cheaper than Lowes or Home Depot, and they even make deliveries, I wouldn't be building spud guns without them.
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:13 pm

home depot here was fine (empoyees able to find things for me, large stock, cheap) till they rearanaged everything, and now i can't find anything, and even the employees don't know where stuff is cause everything has been moved around.
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Unread postAuthor: shud_b_rite » Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:28 am

Ive found that the workers in smaller stores are way more helpful than those in big stores like Mitre10. At the big hardware stores it seams that they only care about being cheaper than other hardware stores. With smaller stores the people know what your talking about and if they dont have what you need they can help you get it.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:46 am

My lowes is fine, but a lot of the people that work there, shouldn't be working there.
But there are a select few employees I respect.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:56 am

I have 2 hardware stores in town.

One of them is terribly organized, and has a fairly poor selection of commonly used parts. However, they have more in terms of specialized fittings and pipe, and their prices are 40 - 70% lower than the other store in town. I usually go to this store when building launchers. The employees tend to follow you around less than in the other store.

The other store (The one tylerthetatertosser is talking about) has a larger selection, but is extremely overpriced, and I find the owners to be assholes. As Tyler mentioned, the employees walk over to the aisle you are standing in, and pretend to do inventory while watching you closely. Today, Tyler and I were browsing the plumbing aisle, and I needed to buy a hose clamp. The owner of the store walked over to the plumbing aisle just as I was jamming my hand into my pocket to retrieve my wallet. We then walked over to look at the airsoft gun display, and the owner approached us, and asked me what I was putting into my pocket in the plumbing aisle. I replied with "I was just removing my wallet from my pocket". She asked me to show her the contents of my pockets, which caused me to become slightly angry. Saving myself the embarrassment, I replied with a stern "No". The owner stood bewildered for a few seconds, then walked away. I fail to understand why this store will not invest in a CCTV system, it would save them a large amount of hassle. I had disliked the store in previous times, but at this point, I don't wish to return.
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:16 am

strangers wrote:I'd say my local hardware is great, pipe cut to length, fittings are always in stock, their cheaper than Lowes or Home Depot, and they even make deliveries, I wouldn't be building spud guns without them.


That's really the same as mine.They do cut pipes to the correct lenghts and they do have in stock all of the fittings and valves you need.THey can also be Arses.
They ask me when i'm in the bathroom fittings section "What are you doing with all this stuff" and i just reply "I'm making a homemade airgun which can go through wood and can be lethal at 60m" They just go, "Well good luck with that, son". and think that im joking and that I'm crazy so they act nice.

But they can be extremely incompetent at times.VERY incompetent. :D .

-And pissing annoying as well.

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Unread postAuthor: hi » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:24 am

one time i asked for a 2'' end cap and the guy said "whats a end Tap look like"?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:32 am

I asked for a neoprene gasket once, they gave me a metal washer.

There is one great guy there called Chris, he didn't help me build the spudguns, I just let him knew what I was doing and he was very intrested, I give him updates from time to time.
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Unread postAuthor: f.c » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:45 am

bunnings is good. mainly because its employees are all friends of my dads. ( my dads an all round handy man and he helps me out alot also).
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Unread postAuthor: dongfang » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:29 am

Hi,

My local hardware store has no PCV plumbing at all. Not the next one, either or the next one again. But compared to here, in Switzerland, my home country Denmark is much worse: More expensive (more expensive than Switzerland; it ought to be impossible but no!). The marked in Denmark has degenerated into a consumer rubbish segment (with a small selection of useful and/or quality items, and loads of junk), and a professional segment where all the nice things are, but unfortunately they don´t give a d... about private customers. Some don´t event sell to them.

So I get my tools and some parts in the hardware stores or the professional tool stores, which are all great. If you need 8 5 x 16 mm allen head stainless steel screws, they will simply get them out of their drawers.. in Denmark, that was 15 years ago.

I get pipe and fittings at a place selling koi fish and pond equipment, and I get all the exotic stuff at a technical supply store. They have every air fitting and every O and X ring imaginable. But those tho places are 50 and 10 km out of town, respectively, and in different directions... I guess half the time I spent with spud guns are going back and forth for a single o-ring or whatever (yes I could splatter everything with epoxy instead but I´m turning into a Swiss techno-snob....)

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