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(CNN)   Home Depot to hire 80,000 employees for spring, though you still won't be able to find anyone to help you find that 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch connector   (money.cnn.com) divider line 72
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2013-02-07 09:56:50 AM
3/4 inch to 1/2 inch connector?
 
2013-02-07 09:58:04 AM
Or you could just get lost in Menard's.
 
2013-02-07 09:58:54 AM
Stupid Obama and his stupid economy!
 
2013-02-07 09:59:06 AM
The problem at our local Home Depot is too much help. The store is not very busy, so there are employees roaming the aisles looking for someone to talk to. I can't look for a light switch without 3 or 4 employees asking me if I need help with anything. Normally that's not a bad thing, but it's just too much.

Maybe I should write to The Consumerist with my complaint.
 
2013-02-07 09:59:33 AM
I am fairly certain that they can fill those positions by just heading out to their respective parking lots.....
 
2013-02-07 10:00:39 AM
I always found that home depot employees were always more acessable and generally more knowlegable than the other big box building store here in Canada.
 
2013-02-07 10:02:57 AM
You're fine if you go on weekends when they staff up but god help you if you go there on a week night with questions.

Best bet for me is the Ace Hardware that is a little further away and staffed with a bunch of retirees who I'm fairly confident could build an entire house from the ground up. Those guys are great and will walk you from section to section and see you get every part you need for your project.
 
2013-02-07 10:04:23 AM
Hank: "Where are your hammers?"
Clerk: "What are you trying to do?"
Hank: "I'm trying to buy a got-dang hammer!"
 
2013-02-07 10:08:24 AM
 I once wore an orange T shirt on a trip to the Home Depot. Good Lord, it took me an hour to get out of there, because after trying to explain to the first guy that I didn't work there, I just started helping people as I worked my way up to the cashier.

"Those are in aisle ten, about halfway down and on the left. Make sure you get the threaded kind and not the glue on kind."
"You can't use that kind of outlet box in old construction, you need the kind with the little wings that clip on to the backside of the sheetrock."
"If I were you, I would get a blade with a much finer pitch. Say 32 teeth per inch, otherwise you risk tearing little chunks out of your finished surface."
"Don't do that yourself. Call a plumber."

I threw that shirt away when I got home. Maybe I should fill out an application.
 
2013-02-07 10:08:29 AM
Great. Now I have the urge to build a shed or sumpin' - OOH! A TREE-FORT!!
Who wants to help?
 
2013-02-07 10:09:05 AM
My experience with Home Depot tells me that the plumbing connector you are looking for is usually in some random box in the electrical isle.
 
2013-02-07 10:09:29 AM
The what?
 
2013-02-07 10:09:31 AM
Clerk: Hi there! Is there a project you're working on?
Ron: I know more than you.
Clerk: All right.
 
2013-02-07 10:11:17 AM
Lowes has always seemed to have the smarter employees. The one where I used to live had a guy named Jim in plumbing. Retired plumber, I guess just making a few extra bucks.

I had to put a air compressor line on a garden hose end. It was a Y to attach to washer lines for winterizing houses. He figured it out in 5 minutes by finding three separate parts. It would have taken me an hour.
 
2013-02-07 10:11:19 AM
I've never been to a Home Depot, (none close), but if they are as good as the Menards I go to, they must rock.
 
2013-02-07 10:11:39 AM
Well, I guess 15 hours worth of work is better than none and minimum wage is better than nothing.
 
2013-02-07 10:11:59 AM
"aisle"
 
2013-02-07 10:13:03 AM
It was 1/2 to 1/4 brass bushings this morning, actually.

/Also, Lowe's rather than Home Depot
//Prefer Home Depot
///Lowe's is the only local hardware store
////Which aisle are slashies in?
 
2013-02-07 10:13:19 AM
It's in aisle 7 just past the sprinklers. On the right. Your OTHER right.
 
2013-02-07 10:15:52 AM

rtaylor92: You're fine if you go on weekends when they staff up but god help you if you go there on a week night with questions.

Best bet for me is the Ace Hardware that is a little further away and staffed with a bunch of retirees who I'm fairly confident could build an entire house from the ground up. Those guys are great and will walk you from section to section and see you get every part you need for your project.


True but the part will be somewhere between 20% and 250% more expensive - which when you need that last lock washer to finish you project is fine (and mine is literally 1 minute away) but I wouldnt do my "I need a ton o' stuff" shopping there.

The pipe fittings aisle is no-mans land - lost souls with a vacant look in their eye trying to find a way to go from 1 1/2" PVC to 3/8th copper for some utterly unfathomable reason.  Said transition willl require at least 4 pieces, the last one of which will be out of stock, missing or not yet created by mortal man.
 
2013-02-07 10:16:47 AM

oldfarthenry: Great. Now I have the urge to build a shed or sumpin' - OOH! A TREE-FORT!!
Who wants to help?


Awesome! I'm in!
 
2013-02-07 10:17:03 AM
not even funny subby.  i spent half an hour looking for the correct 3/4-1/2 pipe connector, only to decide they didnt have it and i would just make the damn thing out of PEX anyway.
 
2013-02-07 10:17:27 AM
Home Depot has employees?
 
2013-02-07 10:19:20 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch connector?


When going from the main copper water pipe to a single fixture, typically the copper water pipe is 3/4", but when you split off to go to a single fixture, you can step down to a 1/2" pipe to save money.  The 3/4" main pipe is why the water pressure doesn't change when other fixtures are turned on.  We used to have only 1/2" copper pipe through the whole house, I now wish to upgrade the whole thing.

/something I learned when we had actual plumbers working on our addition
//something HD employees don't know
 
2013-02-07 10:20:09 AM

oldcub: My experience with Home Depot tells me that the plumbing connector you are looking for is usually in some random box in the electrical isle.

And it's a real biatch to swim there!

 
2013-02-07 10:21:18 AM

AnthraxRipple: Lowes has always seemed to have the smarter employees. The one where I used to live had a guy named Jim in plumbing. Retired plumber, I guess just making a few extra bucks.

I had to put a air compressor line on a garden hose end. It was a Y to attach to washer lines for winterizing houses. He figured it out in 5 minutes by finding three separate parts. It would have taken me an hour.


I agree. Retired or part-time contractors in many departments, at least at my store.
 
2013-02-07 10:21:33 AM
Happy to help with your 1/2" to 3/4" connection.
us.123rf.com
Are you the 1/2" or is that your friend?
 
2013-02-07 10:21:36 AM
Are these seasonal employees? I've always wondered why we give megacorps a big pat on the back for essentially farking the employment figures and the economy with seasonal work.

It's not much different than keeping an army of employees scheduled just one hour under what makes them "full time".
 
2013-02-07 10:22:32 AM
Just kidding. Here's the real 1/2" to 3/4" connector
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-07 10:23:20 AM
Nothing is more pathetic than going directly to the customer service desk and asking which aisle one could find a measuring tape in only to get the response:

"Adhesive measuring tape?"

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-07 10:26:30 AM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Nothing is more pathetic than going directly to the customer service desk and asking which aisle one could find a measuring tape in only to get the response:

"Adhesive measuring tape?"

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And yet, it exists
http://www.woodcraft.com/PRODUCT/2005143/6938/KREG-SELFADHESIVE-MEAS UR ING-TAPE-RL-READING-12.ASPX?refcode=10INGOPB&gclid=CP36z_bApLUCFVFgMgo dujcAcg
www.woodcraft.com
 
2013-02-07 10:28:44 AM

Fizpez: rtaylor92: You're fine if you go on weekends when they staff up but god help you if you go there on a week night with questions.

Best bet for me is the Ace Hardware that is a little further away and staffed with a bunch of retirees who I'm fairly confident could build an entire house from the ground up. Those guys are great and will walk you from section to section and see you get every part you need for your project.

True but the part will be somewhere between 20% and 250% more expensive - which when you need that last lock washer to finish you project is fine (and mine is literally 1 minute away) but I wouldnt do my "I need a ton o' stuff" shopping there.

The pipe fittings aisle is no-mans land - lost souls with a vacant look in their eye trying to find a way to go from 1 1/2" PVC to 3/8th copper for some utterly unfathomable reason.  Said transition willl require at least 4 pieces, the last one of which will be out of stock, missing or not yet created by mortal man.


I was rescreening windows and needed a lot of screen.  Home Depot sold the screening in 100' rolls -- $25 each, but the closest Home Depot didn't have enough and I was 100' short..  Ace Hardware didn't sell rolls, but would cut the screen off a huge roll that had several thousand feet on it -- $1/foot.  $100!  I'd have been fine with $30-$35, but $100!

So I drove an extra few miles to the next closest Home Depot and paid $25.
 
2013-02-07 10:28:44 AM

Nightsweat: And yet, it exists


And Rule 34 says I should find a picture of someone with their dick in it.
 
2013-02-07 10:29:43 AM
I know somebody who works at the local Homey D's.  A good looking woman looking for help will have associates coming from all over the store.  On the radio, it's "Code G on aisle 17."

/he's living the orange life
 
2013-02-07 10:29:46 AM

WTFDYW: I've never been to a Home Depot, (none close), but if they are as good as the Menards I go to, they must rock.


They are not.  I was so happy to have a Menards open closer to me, I played Weird Al's Hardware Store as I drove to visit the store for the first time.  Most HD employees I have met are intending to be helpful, but have no knowledge.  The Menards and Ace have the knowledgeable folks.  I have yet to stump those folks.  As for the Lowe's near me, I have only found cashiers and their is usually only one.
 
2013-02-07 10:38:24 AM
Me in tool aisle to HD clerk: I need a planing blade for a table saw.
Clerk: Planing blade?? I've never heard of a planing blade, and I've worked for HD for 20 years.
Me, walking down aisle 20 feet: Here they are, see?
Clerk: Well I'll be darned, you learn something new every day!
 
2013-02-07 10:38:43 AM
Fizpez:

The pipe fittings aisle is no-mans land - lost souls with a vacant look in their eye trying to find a way to go from 1 1/2" PVC to 3/8th copper for some utterly unfathomable reason.  Said transition willl require at least 4 pieces, the last one of which will be out of stock, missing or not yet created by mortal man.


Potato gun.
I worked the plumbing department of a Payless Cashways years ago.
Lots of rednecks needed help piecing together their potato canons, and college kids that needed irrigation gear and grow lights.  They were doing "science" experiments.
 
2013-02-07 10:42:25 AM
I'd just be happy if they got their self-checkout systems to work consistently. Just try to go there with a large or awkwardly-shaped item, and then put it in the bagging area.  You'll either get the computer telling you, "Unexpected item found in bagging area.  Remove item before continuing," or, "Please place item in bagging area."  Either way, you have to wait for a checkout person to clear the error before continuing.

Oh, and that 3/4 to 1/2 inch connector is found in the aisle that has the water heaters, mailboxes, weatherstripping, and garage sale signs.
 
2013-02-07 10:42:32 AM
My Home Depot CSB. I was there getting parts to replace all the plumbing for a washer and laundry tub. An Asian guy asks me what I'm doing and walks me through all the pieces I needed without any waste, including the copper piping, elbows, valves and PVC drain pipe parts from 3 different isles. I thanked him and asked if he worked there (he didn't have an orange shirt on). He didn't, he was a general contractor that apparently had a helpful streak in him.
 
2013-02-07 10:43:47 AM

ChrisDe: The problem at our local Home Depot is too much help. The store is not very busy, so there are employees roaming the aisles looking for someone to talk to. I can't look for a light switch without 3 or 4 employees asking me if I need help with anything. Normally that's not a bad thing, but it's just too much.

Maybe I should write to The Consumerist with my complaint.


1st world problems....

Last weekend I needed a gfci, outdoor weather proof switch box and some conduit. I find the guy working electrical, tell him what I'm doing and what I need and I guess it was his time to go on break because he just agreed that was what I needed and walked off. (I effing hate Home despot and lows)

HD near me has one guy that is really on top of things and a swear he covers millwork, plumbing, AND electrical when he is on duty. I usually cal the store and get his schedule when I'm working on a project and go shopping when he is on duty just so I can get some decent help.
 
2013-02-07 10:46:56 AM

rtaylor92: Best bet for me is the Ace Hardware that is a little further away and staffed with a bunch of retirees who I'm fairly confident could build an entire house from the ground up. Those guys are great and will walk you from section to section and see you get every part you need for your project.


Yep.

The big box stores are great for large remodeling projects, but if you need a small part it's easier to go to a local hardware store. I don't care of it costs a little more, you get better help and most of the time they'll give you pointers on how to make the job easier.
 
2013-02-07 10:48:28 AM

Fizpez: rtaylor92: You're fine if you go on weekends when they staff up but god help you if you go there on a week night with questions.

Best bet for me is the Ace Hardware that is a little further away and staffed with a bunch of retirees who I'm fairly confident could build an entire house from the ground up. Those guys are great and will walk you from section to section and see you get every part you need for your project.

True but the part will be somewhere between 20% and 250% more expensive - which when you need that last lock washer to finish you project is fine (and mine is literally 1 minute away) but I wouldnt do my "I need a ton o' stuff" shopping there.

The pipe fittings aisle is no-mans land - lost souls with a vacant look in their eye trying to find a way to go from 1 1/2" PVC to 3/8th copper for some utterly unfathomable reason.  Said transition willl require at least 4 pieces, the last one of which will be out of stock, missing or not yet created by mortal man.


Your post...it speaks to me. I put in a new hot water heater a couple weeks ago so I know of this pain. Particularly because one pipe sprung a leak and I basically had to wrap a towel around it and race to HD (who was out of the part) and then on to Lowes (who had the part but they were out of stock except for a box hidden on a shelf across the aisle from where it should have been).

And yes, I had shut the water off at the main but for some reason it doesn't choke it off enough to completely staunch the flow to the hot water heater (this is apparently another problem I should probably look into).
 
2013-02-07 10:49:08 AM

oldcub: "aisle"


yousle what?
 
2013-02-07 10:50:44 AM

elkman: Oh, and that 3/4 to 1/2 inch connector is found in the aisle that has the water heaters, mailboxes, weatherstripping, and garage sale signs.


Random stuff is put together intentionally and with very calculated motives..  They do tons of research to this placement.  Like putting dust rags near lightbulbs.  When you're buying a light bulb for a lamp you'll think, yeah, it's probably dusty in there, I should get some of these.  I wish I was kidding.......
 
2013-02-07 10:54:13 AM
Part time max 28 hours a week.
 
2013-02-07 10:54:31 AM
CSB Time.

Back in 2004-2005 I took a part time job in the flooring department at a Home Depot to lose weight. I didnt want to do all the sales crap I just wanted to stack boxes of tile and laminates for a workout and get paid for it. Anyway as luck would have it about 3 months in as a part timer I was the leading salesman, I was handily destroying all the full timers sales and getting recognized by management for it. Needless to say the full timers were getting angry to the point that one guy actually wanted to fist fight me. When I finally calmed him down I told him how I was making so many huge sales. "I dont try to sell them anything, I just help them get what they are looking for." Any way I lost the weight I wanted to lose and we had a baby on the way so I quit, the HR lady literally begged me to stay if only for one day a week.

TL;DR Home Depot sales people try to hard to sell and I am awesome
 
2013-02-07 10:56:36 AM
Around here, I find the employees at HD to be at least somewhat knowledgeable.  Lowe's sucks as they have apparently hired no staff.

The nearest ACE is very small and dosnt have much stock., I'll sometimes go to Grainger too.
 
2013-02-07 10:59:30 AM
I worked there part time several years ago. When I first started they were huge on customer service. Itactually
got tough toward the end when they started cutting staff but still had the same amount of work to be done.

For years every time I went into a Home Depot I kept asking people if they needed help out of habit.

/if you want to get in shape, get a job in the garden department in season
//actually had a blast working there even though the pace was brutal
 
GBB
2013-02-07 11:01:41 AM
oldfarthenry:  OOH! A TREE-FORT!!


For a second, I thought you were talking about the 3/4 in the headline. As in "Oh, you lookin for a tree fort to haff connector?"
 
2013-02-07 11:03:37 AM
Must be almost time for the olympics again.
 
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