Monday, May 26, 2008

A quick trip to Lowes

When I first moved to this house 22 years ago, there were no “home improvement warehouse” stores in this town.

Oh, we had several lumber stores. We had a few hardware stores. There were at least a couple of specialty stores where you could buy plumbing supplies, or maybe electrical wiring, outlet boxes and light fixtures. But if you wanted to buy all of those things you had to drive around town and it might take you all morning.

Well, not any more!

Now, within one mile of my house you can find a huge Lowes, a Home Depot, and a McCoys building supply center! And that’s only if the nearby Wal Mart Supercenter doesn’t have what you need.

Right?

Today is Memorial Day, and Lowes has a sale on. Carol has been hot to get our backyard blackberry bed cleaned out now that all the blackberries have been picked, and part of the project is to extend a little fence we made out of PVC pipe.

Wait . . . A picture is worth a whole bunch of narrative. Here’s a shot of the end of that fence with the blackberry bushes behind it.

To extend that fence we needed six 10-foot joints of 1 ½ inch PVC, five tee fittings, five “cross” fittings, and some 5-inch nails to nail together some landscape timbers we’d already bought . I also wanted an extra-long 3/16-inch drill bit. Armed with that shopping list, we set out for Lowes at 9:00 am.

Lowes had no 5-inch nails; only 6-inch spikes. So we left and drove the half-mile to Home Depot. They ALSO had no 5-inch nails, and their 6-inch spikes were more expensive than the ones at Lowes. We decided to just get the ones at Lowes, along with everything else. After all, they were having a sale, right?

We drove back to Lowes and counted out the nails we needed. Then we learned that they were out of the long drill bit I wanted, and had NO joints of 1 ½ inch PVC pipe. But they DID have some (not all) of the fittings we needed. We bought nails and fittings, and headed for McCoy’s.

There we found 5-inch nails, but we had already bought the 6-inch ones at Lowes, so we opted to keep the ones we’d already bought. We checked the supply of PVC pipe and fittings. McCoy’s had only three joints of pipe and no fittings.

We drove back to Home Depot. There we bought the drill bit, the pipe and the remaining fittings. We were home by 11:10, having driven (it seemed) all over town and having spent most of the morning to buy the items on that short shopping list.

Progress. Ain’t it wonderful?

6 comments:

kenju said...

I hope you get a deal on gasoline, seeing as how you traversed the town all day!

Tracye said...

Ha! And now you have to put it all together... in the heat. My God, the heat!

I think I would have given up long before you did!

Christina said...

that description of trips to all those stores made my head spin!

btw, re:your last post or so about the c********y. damn you!!! the "you know what" has struck my household in full force. just today I has a mechanical failure (car died) a plumbing disaster (toilet overflowed) and a general instance of frustration (broke my very expensive new ray bans).

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Nankin said...

I'm afraid I would have given up long before you did. I have little patience when it comes to stuff like that.

southernbelle said...

Have you not realised by now that nothing comes easy for you. There always has to be a kink in the road, a hill you have to climb because how else are you going to find things to write on your blog. All home improvement stores are involved with the Big C - just to make life a leetle more interesting for you.

*wink*

Karyn Lyndon said...

Cool fence!