Rant about Home Depot

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by John Hasler » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:39 am

I didn't intend to start a debate about the cost of health care. I just used it as an example of something that has changed so much since the thirties that it makes no sense to use it as a component of an estimate of inflation since then. The services you purchased did not exist in 1933.

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by NP317 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:11 am

OK then. Back to Home Depot.

I have great success finding what I seek at Home Despot.
But I look for home remodeling stuff and an occasional tool, not hardware.
So my expectations are in line with their offerings.
As I complete two bathroom remodels, Home Despot has been a good supplier.

I acquire hardware from other more specific suppliers.

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by SteveHGraham » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:59 am

A strep test from a drugstore costs something like $160, total, without insurance. Same test.

The drugstore I used to use was about three miles from Home Depot. Now I can say I have some Home Depot content.
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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by tornitore45 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:58 pm

I have great success finding what I seek at Home Despot.
Sure! If you only seek what they have. 3/4 of their inventory classify as hardware, by that standard they seems to be a hardware store. But they are not. They are an opportunity store, if belt driven shaking booty come fashionable again like in the '50, you bet they will cut down on plumbing fitting inventory to accommodate belt driven shaking booty.

Since HD has systematically driven the competition out by temporarily offer good pricing (and jacking them up like pharmaceutical) now the real hardware store are few and far between. It would be nice to find all you need for a plumbing job in one place but if you need something less common that a 3/4" PVC elbow you need to find alternate supply.
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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by neanderman » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:20 pm

curtis cutter wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:36 am
RMinMN wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:36 am
neanderman wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:53 pm
Thanks, Gregg. Yes, R-38 in the ceiling. I'll be finishing the inside walls with OSB rather than sheetrock, since I think it's a little more resistant to 'bumps.' I used it in the basement wood shop and it's worked out well.

Good tip on the caulk, and I wouldn't have thought about the electrical boxes.
Use the sheetrock and cover it with something that will be resistant to bumps.
Thinking along the lines of fire, if you are going to plumb a shop with water be sure to put a garden hose connection in an interior wall so that you have that readily available should a fire start. Being in the "fire business", I have found that most shop fires are wither started amidst debris in the shop or fed by debris in the shop. Welding is a particular hazard as a spark can start a small fire that goes unnoticed when the lights go out and one goes back to the house or can build into larger flames while the welding hood is down.
All good thoughts. I was planning to run cold water out, so I can at least wash my hands. If I want hot water, I figured I'd look into a small, on-demand unit.

I believe code mandates 5/8" sheetrock for fire stop; I supposed I could use 1/4" OSB and top it with sheetrock. Having the backing of OSB would help brace the sheetrock from breakthroughs.

My BIL has a SIPS home, which is 7/16 OSB on both sides, with polystyrene between them, such that the only places where the two face panels are connected are at the header, footer and panel edges, so conduction is minimal. They're rated from R-25 (4.5") to R-72 (12 1/4"). The house stays remarkably comfortable, year around. His is sided with cementboard clapboards, exterior, and drywall, intererior.

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by liveaboard » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:30 am

Here in Portugal, we have no home depot or equivalent; no mega store to blame for the demise of small shops.
The small shops died anyway, and now if I want a non-standard nut or bolt [like inch sizes, or fine threads] I can only get it by mail order.

A few years ago, I was considering a return to live in the US [I left in the early '80s]. As a committed capitalist, it seemed like the place to be, to get away from the killer EU tax rates and draconian planning regulations on construction.
I did some financial simulations; it all looked great until I got to the deadly US health care costs.
As an older couple, we're just safer here.
I had an ultrasound; copay $2.23. Urine analysis; copay $0.58. Consult with a specialist doctor; copay $12.
So I'll have to do without Home Depot and Walmart.

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by RMinMN » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:18 am

neanderman wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:20 pm
I believe code mandates 5/8" sheetrock for fire stop; I supposed I could use 1/4" OSB and top it with sheetrock. Having the backing of OSB would help brace the sheetrock from breakthroughs.
Check your local codes. Many will specify the 5/8" firerock for the ceiling but will allow 1/2" for the walls. If it is allowed the 1/2" standard sheetrock is much cheaper and easier to handle for installing than firerock.

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Re: Rant about Home Depot

Post by curtis cutter » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:42 am

I use 5/8" fire rated on ceilings simply due to having it hanging on 24" centers. 1/2" would sag.

Some of the best money I spent was for a drywall lift that can do 12' 5/8 panels to 14'.
Just let go of it, it will eventually unplug itself.

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