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Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Revoltingest, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    I needed some high pressure hydraulic fittings (Around 10,000 psi).
    I searched the internet with little success.
    So I went to McMaster Carr.
    They had what I wanted at reasonable prices.
    Their catalog is a great info resource....complete & concise summaries.
    They explained differences & compatibility of NPT & NPTF threads.
    I ordered the items late yesterday.
    They arrived today.
     
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    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Had to look it up...who knew? Now try to find a store that can give you the ampacity of a standard single gang wiring box.
     
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    Yep, they are pretty good, though I think their prices tend to be high. On the other hand, they also tend to sell only quality merchandise, so you're getting what you're paying for.

    The only thing I've gotten from them that I was disappointed with was a motor for my band saw. There's a loose wire inside it that causes it not to run when I turn the switch on, but it only does it sometimes, which made it extremely difficult to find, and then once I found it, I couldn't get at it to fix it. The best I can do is unplug it, stick something in a hole and wiggle the wires, and then try it again. It's very annoying, but the motor was expensive, and I'm too stubborn (and poor) to replace it, again.

    I also have a small family-owned market near me that has a great meat and deli counter, that I like going to.

    On the other end of the scale is Walmart. I will not go to Walmart, ever, if I can possibly avoid it.
     
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    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Is McMaster Carr a company producing USA made parts, out of USA steel, with USA employees?
    Or are you undermining the President?
    Tom
     
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    Their prices are indeed high for common items.
    But when in need of something special, as I did, their
    selection & prices were better than any other source I found.

    Next up.....
    [​IMG]
    They're tops in service & pricing on everything from bacon to pants to roofing.
     
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    They don't manufacture anything.
    They're a supply house.
     
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    So, are you buying products made by the kind of globalists that Trump is opposed to, or are you undermining the president?
    Tom
     
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    Possibly.
    Got a problem with that, Trumpie?
     
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    Not familiar with them, but an interesting story. Lots of retailers used to be that way. Now you have to deal with pimple faced kids who wouldn’t know a tool if it hit them in the forehead.
     
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    Buy yourself a copy of the National Electrical Code. Mostly it is about "Box Fill" and how many wires you can put in a box and bending radius. Tell me what you are trying to do, and perhaps I can give you some guidance? I was a Licensed Electrician (in America) for 33 years, though have been retired since 2003.
     
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    McMaster Carr has long been different from other industrial/commercial suppliers.
    Their catalogs are massive, complete, & informative.
    They're so desired that a vintage one can bring a thousand bucks.
    I once sold a 1918 catalog to McMaster Carr for their museum.
    I charged only $200.
    It was worth far far more than that.
    Even their modern catalogs are sold on ebay because not every
    Tom, Dick or Harry (or Sally) has the status to receive one.
    By comparison, Grainger (a competitor) has an uninspiring catalog.
    Back in 1895, Strelinger had a similarly great catalog.
     
  12. Milton Platt

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    In my teen years, I worked in an old fashioned service station, with the grease racks, etc. I could walk into an auto parts store and the guys working the counter had been there three times longer than I had been alive. I could ask for a part for a specific make, model, and year, and they would nearly always just walk to the back and pull the part without referencing the catalogue. I was always impressed with that.
     
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    Yeah, I was just kidding. I had to have Special Low Voltage Electricians License in one particular state I worked in. Every 24 months I had to have four hours of CE on the NEC even though nothing in the NEC pertained to my business. Ampacities was one of the things that stuck in my mind.
     
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    When I worked at Koppers Co in Glen Arm, MD, we had a system where all parts
    had a "WA number", ie, of the form WAxxxxx. One old guy always knew exactly
    what to get from the number alone. I never saw him look anything up.
     
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    Did you ever work with magneto reluctance or panendermicity?
     
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    Only once. Boy! Did I learn my lesson...
     
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    This is one of Mrs Revolt's favorite stores.
    So many great deals.
    (But they do need an express checkout line.)
    [​IMG]
     
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    I just realized that this thread is a celebration of capitalism!
    What socialist store would ever be a favorite of anyone who had an alternative, eh.
     
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    There was a HUGE junkyard on the south side of Chicago when I was living there. Everyone said that if you need a part for your car, cheap, no matter how unusual, go there. So I did.

    There was a youngish guy working there that was some sort of auto-part savant. I saw him in action, and it was truly amazing. This place had many THOUSANDS of junk cars, and this guy could tell the 'fetch-it man' where to find the car with that part in just a couple seconds. He would tell you some bit of technical information about the part in question, for a second or two, and then he'd turn to the fetcher and tell them where to find it. Just like that.
     
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    As I said before, I spent half my life as an Electrician but never got into power generation save to say that the thing ran. Last night I watched a video on Micro Hydro Electric Generation. This one could do about 2000 watts from a little wheel in a Colorado creek. I was surprised that this Generator could be wired to do anything from 120 Volts to 480 V. Three Phase. The biggest surprise to me was that excitation frequency was handled in a little controller. I'd expected some sort of mechanical governor.

    I think that where I live, none of this would be permitted by the Government.

    A further, pleasant surprise is that in many third world areas, they use Micro Generation, village to village, because many people are understanding the environmental devastation that large dams wreak.
     
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