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Orangeslice13

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I havent, and likely never will.

Why go to HD when every store is different, its super cluttered in every aisle like a woman designed it...so you cant get a cart down an aisle...and again, you cant find anything without searching for it.

Lowes only builds stores from 1 blueprint. Some are reversed, but still...always the same blueprint, every store every city. I can have a list of 20 or 30 different things from lowes, and i know EXACTLY where each of them is before i ever enter the store, so i have a planned route and save time. And i am not at all OCD...you should see my truck, it looks like a grenade went off...but logicly placing everything in the same place every time saves time...and any time i have to go to the store for any purpose, i am losing money. Its that simple. Time is money. HD is full of soccer moms (married to 1) and they designed it for that reason. I never, ever go to HD if there is a lowes within 10 mins difference drivetime.
Sadly the quality of basic items is better at Home Depot.
Yellow wood as opposed to the cheapest supplier
Dile tile as opposed to Chinese crap
Anderson windows as opposed to no name windows.
And so on.

You can order at Lowe’s but Home Depot stocks it as their basic items.

Too be fair I mostly buy from businesses that don’t sell to the public but I only go to Lowe’s when it’s not at Homedepot. Which is almost never.
 

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Sadly the quality of basic items is better at Home Depot.
Yellow wood as opposed to the cheapest supplier
Dile tile as opposed to Chinese crap
Anderson windows as opposed to no name windows.
And so on.

You can order at Lowe’s but Home Depot stocks it as their basic items.

Too be fair I mostly buy from businesses that don’t sell to the public but I only go to Lowe’s when it’s not at Homedepot. Which is almost never.
I like both HD and Lowe's but I like HD better. The two things I think Lowe's is better than home depot is plumbing supplies and nuts and bolts. They have a greater selection of fittings at Lowe's and a much better selection of fasteners.
 

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Sadly the quality of basic items is better at Home Depot.
Yellow wood as opposed to the cheapest supplier
Dile tile as opposed to Chinese crap
Anderson windows as opposed to no name windows.
And so on.

You can order at Lowe’s but Home Depot stocks it as their basic items.

Too be fair I mostly buy from businesses that don’t sell to the public but I only go to Lowe’s when it’s not at Homedepot. Which is almost never.
Who doesn't sell to the public? I was a contractor and bought from local material suppliers. But if an individual walked in and wanted to buy replacement windows or materials for a remodel job they were more than happy to take their money.
I generally did not buy from HD and Lowe's though.
Off topic, but I had a credit balance at a national tile supplier for about 9 months, and called to place an order. They told me I would have to pay cash because I had an unpaid balance. About a month later someone from the home office called me and thanked me for discovering a glitch in their credit policy. Sure nuff their policy made no distinction between a credit and owing them money.
Nonetheless, I never bought anything from them after that.
 

Orangeslice13

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Who doesn't sell to the public? I was a contractor and bought from local material suppliers. But if an individual walked in and wanted to buy replacement windows or materials for a remodel job they were more than happy to take their money.
I generally did not buy from HD and Lowe's though.
Off topic, but I had a credit balance at a national tile supplier for about 9 months, and called to place an order. They told me I would have to pay cash because I had an unpaid balance. About a month later someone from the home office called me and thanked me for discovering a glitch in their credit policy. Sure nuff their policy made no distinction between a credit and owing them money.
Nonetheless, I never bought anything from them after that.
There are several that don’t. I’ve sent home owners and then they bill me. Not really the point though. The point was I spend a lot of money in supply shops and not near as much at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
 

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There are several that don’t. I’ve sent home owners and then they bill me. Not really the point though. The point was I spend a lot of money in supply shops and not near as much at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Most will still sell to the public. They will pay a homeowner markup but still can get materials. Just my experience from working for a plumbing wholesaler for 15yrs. For the record we hated dealing with homeowners even with the markup. They had no clue what they were talking about and blamed it on us
 

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Most will still sell to the public. They will pay a homeowner markup but still can get materials. Just my experience from working for a plumbing wholesaler for 15yrs. For the record we hated dealing with homeowners even with the markup. They had no clue what they were talking about and blamed it on us
Pretty much.
 

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I havent, and likely never will.

Why go to HD when every store is different, its super cluttered in every aisle like a woman designed it...so you cant get a cart down an aisle...and again, you cant find anything without searching for it.

Lowes only builds stores from 1 blueprint. Some are reversed, but still...always the same blueprint, every store every city. I can have a list of 20 or 30 different things from lowes, and i know EXACTLY where each of them is before i ever enter the store, so i have a planned route and save time. And i am not at all OCD...you should see my truck, it looks like a grenade went off...but logicly placing everything in the same place every time saves time...and any time i have to go to the store for any purpose, i am losing money. Its that simple. Time is money. HD is full of soccer moms (married to 1) and they designed it for that reason. I never, ever go to HD if there is a lowes within 10 mins difference drivetime.

Makes no difference to me if all HDs aren't laid out the same (I didn't know that). I mostly shop at the one closest to me. I know where stuff is in it just like I know where stuff is in my local Lowes. But on the rare occasion I've stopped in a different HD you can stand in the main aisle and see the large overhead signs for each department. Once you get to the correct aisle it's not that hard.

I speak as the average homeowner. May be different for a contractor:confused:
 

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Our kids all have very nice shell collections from our years of vacationing in Florida when they were growing up. My oldest son wanted a shadowbox coffee table to display some of his shells. I made it nearly 5" deep with a glass insert. The top has a brass piano hinge out of sight underneath so it can be lifted for access. I left the bottom unstained as my son plans to cover it with felt. The glass is not in place in this pic.

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Our kids all have very nice shell collections from our years of vacationing in Florida when they were growing up. My oldest son wanted a shadowbox coffee table to display some of his shells. I made it nearly 5" deep with a glass insert. The top has a brass piano hinge out of sight underneath so it can be lifted for access. I left the bottom unstained as my son plans to cover it with felt. The glass is not in place in this pic.

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That's NICE!
 

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Most will still sell to the public. They will pay a homeowner markup but still can get materials. Just my experience from working for a plumbing wholesaler for 15yrs. For the record we hated dealing with homeowners even with the markup. They had no clue what they were talking about and blamed it on us
A lot of the tile suppliers in Nashville don't sell to the public.
 

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