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How many times have you heard this:

The guys/gals at the supply house wouldn't help me cause I am not a pro.

The guys/gals at Lowes/Home Depot/Ace/ and so on, gave me bad information and my project turned into a mess.

I asked a question on DIY Chatroom and I got conflicting information. And all they wanted to do was ask me more questions about what my project was about. Can't they just answer a simple question?

And when they do give me an answer it seems like it is so complicated. Can't I just put a plug on the end of the wires in romex to make an extension cord? Why can't I just use the 14 ga wire I have when I want to splice in a short gap in a 20 amp service? it is only 5" of wire? Is it really THAT bad?

Really? Those flexible bendy couplings under a sink aren't allowed? Then why do they sell them?

What do all these have in common? Someone blaming others for mistakes they made.

All retail/internet stores selling home improvement products try and provide you with enough information to use their products correctly. But, sometimes they mess up. They also presume that the end user has the skills necessary to tackle the project in question or have enough skills to figure out how to look up the correct answer, or at least how to ask the right questions.

And remember, the person at the store you are talking to may have been selling paint or lawn mowers the week before. Not everyone working at a home improvement store is a fount of knowledge. But some may fake it.

So, before you blame someone else, remember that hand you are using a finger to point at someone else, is also pointing back at you!!

Sorry, just had to vent for a moment after reading about someone *****ing about how bad the advice he got from a big box store. I advised that person to get a copy of electrical for dummies if he can't understand black to black, white to white and green/copper to green/copper and when there may be an exception to the rule.
 

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We always here how they got bad advice, but how well did they follow that advice.

If you do the job on the cheap like the customer ask.
Realize, they will tell everyone they paid good money for the job and that's what you gave them. They will never admit their cheap.
 

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So Kremming Towner........Where do you live....and tell us about that project...and why did you have 20A wire in there when you wanted to run 13, and send us some pic's....so we can evaluate this, and bty the way are you wearinf a face mask...which the guy at home depot said I needed, but the guy at Lowes said I did, and my mortician didn't really care/.

Best Bubby

Take Care
 

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What gets me are threads titled "What is the best fill-in-the-blank"

Pretty quickly, they get the answer. Then the OP comes back and says "Oh, but those are expensive"

Goes back and forth for a while and finally OP is just looking for something cheap that might last for a few years.
 
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