Timothy Dahl
dahlmaker
11/17/15
7:29 PM
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These posts aren’t going to disappear, are they? Lots of useful stuff here.

11/17/15
7:27 PM
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Well that sucks. Good news is I just found a new site to go read!

11/14/15
9:05 PM
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LOVE LOVE LOVE my local mom & pop hardware store (Moorestown Hardware, Moorestown NJ). Squeaky hardwood floors that were last refinished never, stuff piled up to the ceiling (but neatly), popcorn and coffee machine in the middle of the store, staff who know exactly how to fix the problem you’re having, every Read more

11/14/15
8:58 PM
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Funny, because this is exactly the section of the local hardware store that none of the big boxes do right. I want to be able to buy exactly as many nuts, bolts, screws, washers, etc as I need for my small project, and HD and Lowes have their little 4-packs (not enough, too expensive) and their gigantic 400-packs (way

11/14/15
12:10 PM
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I don’t do much DIY but I live on a street right behind an Ace, as I can see it from my house. So if I ever need a bracket or screw or air filter or something I just go there. I do have a Home Depot about a mile away but I don’t drive so unless it has something I know I want from that place specifically, I’ll stick to Read more

11/14/15
8:26 AM
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We had one of those stores in town. It traced its history back to when the town was founded in the 1800s. It even had one of the first telephones in town as a direct link to a nearby automobile factory. That link grew into a telephone company that is still in existance. They had anything and everything and the Read more

11/14/15
12:21 AM
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A great general rule of thumb, A big box has what you need to start a NEW project, your local hardware store/specialty supply has what you need to FIX your project. Read more

11/13/15
8:18 PM
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The Menards app also has in store location for items. Menards is my go-to for supplies. In my area it’s generally cheaper than Lowe’s or HD, has a better lumberyard inventory, and is on the way to 90% of my job sites. I agree the quality isn’t at the top, but the employees I deal with (before 8am) are knowledgeable Read more

11/13/15
8:01 PM
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Okay, true story. About 40 years ago, my grandmother’s washing machine broke down. She needed a new mangler, the thing that wrings out the clothes. She insisted that we get it fixed. Now, this was a 30’s era washer. My dad and I went down to the local hardware store with the broken part. The clerk said “give me a Read more

11/13/15
5:47 PM
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For me time is a huge factor - sometimes more important that price. I always buy everything ahead of time at the best price I can find, but it seems like a lot of weekend or evening home projects get hung up because I’m short some screws, a bit or blade breaks, or I need something else that’s fairly minor. I can drive Read more

11/13/15
3:41 PM
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Thanks for the good advice! I’m a DIYer-in-progress trying to figure these things out. Some unsolicited observations I’ve had lately in my journey: Read more

11/13/15
3:39 PM
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Big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes also have excellent returns policies if you realize you have bought the wrong thing.

11/13/15
2:08 PM
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Local lumberyards are the way to go! They often have better lumber at close to the same prices and often better prices for large projects. Add in delivery and the ability to put supplies where needed(think lift truck setting shingles on the roof or lifting drywall to be slid in a second story window) and lumberyards Read more

11/13/15
1:43 PM
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That’s my hardware store! Lansdale represent

11/13/15
1:38 PM
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I have Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards all within 15 minutes or so from my house. As well as Ace and True Values. Home Depot is the closest so for general stuff, i usually go there. But, Menards has the best lighting selection for variety, as well as the best selection for lumber. Home Depot has the best pricing on LED Read more