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11 hours ago, tri-man 47 said:

I've had good success with Lowes in recent years.  A HD is just around the corner from Lowes, but I've developed a liking for the latter.  We have a Menards superstore not far in a different direction ...but it's so damn big it's a pain to get around.  The thing is two floors with a cart-escalator to get up and down.  I hate standing on that with my cart.

We do have a couple local Ace stores, and they're fantastic.  For smaller purchases or when I need advice ...Ace is the place.

For all my smaller needs I always go to ACE as I can get in and out in under 5 minutes.  Staff is very friendly and knows where everything is. I like Menards but it is 15-30 minutes no matter what I am getting.  HD the same.

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Ace has a smart enough business design - they are partnered with "designer brands" like Big Green Egg and Yeti. I find myself at Ace pretty frequently because of how much I use the smoker.

But I wasn't in a hardware store yesterday. Maybe today - I know a trip to Sam's Club is in order, so we'll be in the area and we are currently planning out BIG THINGS for our new backyard.

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13 hours ago, mr. furley said:

wife bought some sort of lighting system that's like staring in to an eclipse

i've never seen light so bright

The people setting the standards for led brightness need to get out more

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Went to get a new cordless nail gun, but the guy sold me on a powder-actuated one.  He said if you want to shoot nails, this one was the Cadillac, man.  He mean Lexus, but he ain't know it.

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23 hours ago, hagmania said:

Ace has a smart enough business design - they are partnered with "designer brands" like Big Green Egg and Yeti. I find myself at Ace pretty frequently because of how much I use the smoker.

But I wasn't in a hardware store yesterday. Maybe today - I know a trip to Sam's Club is in order, so we'll be in the area and we are currently planning out BIG THINGS for our new backyard.

I like Ace and there is one 5 minutes from me.   It is convenient and they really do seem to try to help with finding parts, tools, materials for projects.   They have a great selection of Stihl equipment and carry Carhart clothing.   Pricier brands than similar products but worth the money since they are well made.  

I was in Ace on Saturday.    I only missed Lowe’s.  There is always next weekend.  

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On 4/24/2021 at 9:41 PM, mr. furley said:

wife bought some sort of lighting system that's like staring in to an eclipse

i've never seen light so bright

I repurposed a shop light in the garage with LEDs. I removed the ballasts and hardwired the LEDs. It's very red giant-like in there now.

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5 minutes ago, Osaurus said:

I repurposed a shop light in the garage with LEDs. I removed the ballasts and hardwired the LEDs. It's very red giant-like in there now.

This needs it's own thread.  What in the actual #### is going on with LED lighting brightness.  What in the hell do you look for on the box to manage this?  When I went to return my #### I apologized as it was the second return, the lady was like "No, LED fixtures are the most commonly returned item in the store".  

So uh, ok.  Maybe look into better consumer choices then?  I'm at a loss.

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9 hours ago, culdeus said:

This needs it's own thread.  What in the actual #### is going on with LED lighting brightness.  What in the hell do you look for on the box to manage this?  When I went to return my #### I apologized as it was the second return, the lady was like "No, LED fixtures are the most commonly returned item in the store".  

So uh, ok.  Maybe look into better consumer choices then?  I'm at a loss.

Lumens.  Basically an old 40W is equivalent in brightness to 400 lumens.  The LEDs get even brighter though once you hit 75 and 100 W.  

Honestly, if you replacing shop lights just buy the ones at Costco for $18 and either just plug them in or wire them in at the same spacing and location.

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11 hours ago, Osaurus said:

I repurposed a shop light in the garage with LEDs. I removed the ballasts and hardwired the LEDs. It's very red giant-like in there now.

Same here.  Also had them in the Master walk in closet. Love it.Seemed like I always had a fluorescent bulb or ballast to change.  Very much enjoying not dealing with that.

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11 hours ago, culdeus said:

This needs it's own thread.  What in the actual #### is going on with LED lighting brightness.  What in the hell do you look for on the box to manage this?  When I went to return my #### I apologized as it was the second return, the lady was like "No, LED fixtures are the most commonly returned item in the store".  

So uh, ok.  Maybe look into better consumer choices then?  I'm at a loss.

 

I have a box to return to home depot on our kitchen counter of LED lights that my wife was not happy with. She did not like the color or the brightness. :unsure:

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On 4/25/2021 at 10:36 AM, hagmania said:

Ace has a smart enough business design - they are partnered with "designer brands" like Big Green Egg and Yeti. I find myself at Ace pretty frequently because of how much I use the smoker.

But I wasn't in a hardware store yesterday. Maybe today - I know a trip to Sam's Club is in order, so we'll be in the area and we are currently planning out BIG THINGS for our new backyard.

Big fan of Ace if I'm just getting some particular fasteners or trying to be creative about fixing something.  If I know what I'm looking for, I'm going to Lowes.  

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6 hours ago, shuke said:

Big fan of Ace if I'm just getting some particular fasteners or trying to be creative about fixing something.  If I know what I'm looking for, I'm going to Lowes.  

My local Ace is no bueno. I’ve tried so many times to stop there and get something I needed for a repair only to continue on to Lowe’s or HD. I just don’t bother ever going there now. 

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13 hours ago, tonydead said:

Lumens.  Basically an old 40W is equivalent in brightness to 400 lumens.  The LEDs get even brighter though once you hit 75 and 100 W.  

Honestly, if you replacing shop lights just buy the ones at Costco for $18 and either just plug them in or wire them in at the same spacing and location.

The LED lighting I have purchased to replace old recessed lighting has a color temperature rating.  They start off around 3000k which is a slightly yellow light and go up to 5000k which is the bright white.  On some of the lighting, the color rating can be selected before installation.   

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On 4/24/2021 at 7:10 PM, Courtjester said:

Nope not today, I have a Lowes less than a mile from me. I was there twice this week--bought a new Microwave and then had to go back and get the items for my daughter's science lab she needs to do.  

I have been at HD several times this last few weeks--bought a new fridge and a new range. Wife has the bug to renovate, so next comes counter tops and I want to change the overhead lighting in my kitchen

Today we went to the newly opened Scheels. For those of you that don't have one of these, it is basically Bass Pro/Cabellas on steroids. Two story sporting good store that has a full size ferris wheel in the middle of the place. If they don't have it, the sport doesn't exist, I just worry that they built it so close to the Bass Pro that neither of them are going to flourish. 

I just ordered online from Scheels.  Never heard of them till I found some reels on sale that I wanted.  Massive selection online and good prices.  

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On 4/24/2021 at 10:20 AM, Tom Servo said:

I order from the app and have it delivered because I'm a FBG.

Beware ordering online from Lowes - Took them 3 weeks to get me a box of screws one time during early COVID.  I gave up after a week and went to the store (Home Depot) to get them.  Called Lowes and they said, "Sorry - your order is already in process.  We can't cancel it."  But then also said, "It's likely going to be another 6-10 days until they ship."  Not sure how you can't cancel something that you won't be able to put in a box for another week...

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On 4/26/2021 at 9:49 PM, shuke said:

Big fan of Ace if I'm just getting some particular fasteners or trying to be creative about fixing something.  If I know what I'm looking for, I'm going to Lowes.  

yep.  Our Ace is as close as the local hardware we had when I grew up.  The only thing missing are the wood floors.

went a couple of weeks ago to get a "yet to be defined sized set screw" ...I had my towel holder ring with me.  Guy just took a look at it, walked over to the nut/bolt/screw section and nailed the size first time ...then gave me the matching allen wrench. 

total cost - 11 cents.   

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Today:  propane tank, birdseed, some herbs to go in my new raised garden beds that arrive tomorrow.  @mr. furley, don't know if you took care of your raised garden bed needs, but I ended up ordering a couple of these from Amazon since the local selection sucked.  Well-reviewed, inexpensive, narrow (which I needed), have a shelf on bottom that seems useful.  Figure I'll stain them.

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16 hours ago, krista4 said:

Today:  propane tank, birdseed, some herbs to go in my new raised garden beds that arrive tomorrow.  @mr. furley, don't know if you took care of your raised garden bed needs, but I ended up ordering a couple of these from Amazon since the local selection sucked.  Well-reviewed, inexpensive, narrow (which I needed), have a shelf on bottom that seems useful.  Figure I'll stain them.

:thumbup: we did buy some raised beds last weekend

but we spent a lot more than the Amazon price :hot: knew i should have waited and checked there instead of impulse buying on the spot.

my mission this weekend is to fill them with dirt and throw some fruit plants in there. because it has been relatively cold/cool here for the last month, nobody has plants out that aren't arbor vitae, etc. 

supposed to be warm tomorrow so hopeful the local nurseries are rolling out their inventory today.

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Today: Going to pickup 

Husky Ready-to-Assemble 22-Gauge Steel Garage Gear Cabinet in Black (36 in. W x 72 in. H x 24 in. D)

Always scared of ready to assemble.  Pray for me.

Also will get - Tomato cages

Looking at - containers to house trash/recycling that can be closed to prevent coon/possums from getting at them. 

I need to get a board to put in a storage shed, but I am not made of money.  

Also looking at storage containers.

Looking at husky 48 inch wheeled work bench with drawers to match the cabinet.  

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I didn't know there were RaisedBedGuys(tm) here.  I'll snap a photo of the state of mine.  Spent better part of a month of weekends in and out of HD getting mine done.  

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