If you happen to find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps even living in and owning a home in the South Puget Sound Region of the Pacific Northwest, then you are in the right place!
There will come a time in every person’s life, whether they own a home or not, that you will need to “run to the hardware store real quick” to pick up some innocuous item which you believe to be sold en masse at your local Jim Bob’s hardware store. So you will hop on the bus, or get in your vehicle, or check the chain on your bike, and head there to get whatever item it is you need.
You get to the local Jim Bob home improvement store down the way, only to realize no one in the store even knows what the heck you’re talking about, and larry in the back has never even seen the part you are holding in your hand (and Larry has seen EVERYTHING…), so it must be custom made! Right?
Perhaps. This situation is definitely possible where the item you are looking for is, in fact, custom made. But is it PLAUSIBLE? Is it likely that the last 3 screws you were given to finish building the children’s bed you just purchased from The Old Cannery Furniture and Mattress Warehouse, which fell down between the floor vent and floorboards and are now irretrievable, would be custom? That the bed set, which is the same exact set sold to thousands of other people and their families all over the U.S. would come with screws requiring custom fitting and or sizing?
I digress. For those of you conspiracy enthusiasts out there, yes, there is in all likelihood a chance that there is a bigger conspiracy at play to increase consumerism in America by making certain items or parts which should otherwise be easily obtainable, into items which are all but impossible to find.
Or let’s say you found out your new home came complete with the same single-strand aluminum wiring which was installed in the electrical panel back when the home was built in the ’70s! You are going to want to make sure to get this situation remedied ASAP as the single-strand aluminum wire can be extremely dangerous when used in the homes electrical panel. If you do not wish to hire a qualified electrician to do the work, one way to mitigate the possibility of serious fire damage occurring from a failure in the single-strand aluminum wiring is to replace it with new copper wire using a copalum wire connector to attach the old aluminum wire to the new copper wire at the junction of the electrical box.
Other than those who agree with the above statement, the answer is no, the screws to a product like that would not be a custom item, they would be easily identifiable and found at a hardware store or home improvement store such as Ace Hardware, local True Value home improvement stores, and Lowes to name just a few. But this is where we begin running into problems in our search for an identical object to the one you need!
*This is very important that you read and fully understand this concept I am about to share with you:
NOT ALL HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES CARRY THE SAME ITEMS…
Now hold on. I know this sounds extremely common sense and simple to most of you. And that’s because it is. NOT ALL HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES CARRY…THE…SAME…ITEMS… Simple as that! Unfortunately, it is not in the idea or concept that people have trouble understanding. The problems come from not understanding the effects of this information and how we attribute it to the situation at hand. Many times this happens simply because we are too focused on the task at hand, or our mind has wandered off elsewhere for the moment.
So What About These Effects You Keep Mentioning?
Great question! You see, “in effect,” the simple idea that home improvement stores, for the most part, did NOT carry ALL of the same items, tools, parts, brands, and equipment as the others meant that each hardware store could individuate from their competitors! In today’s day and age, we call this “defining a niche within your business,” or “choosing a specialization.” This can help to target a more specific subset of the population who are more likely to purchase the items you sell which are different from your competitors.
This is important to know because rather than getting frustrated or angry over not being able to find a part at your local Home Depot, you are able to take a step back and realize that the part or tool you need very well may be at a different home improvement store in your area. But how do we find which one carries it, there are tons of hardware stores in the Pacific Northwest?!?!
SPS INSPECTIONS WILL HELP YOU FIND WHAT IT IS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!
We at SPS Inspections will accomplish this by providing our cherished readers and customers with the valuable information below, comprised of carefully curated content about the different local hardware stores, SPS Inspections’ take on the value of the hardware store itself, and the specialty or niche of each store as well as the different items you will be able to find there!
Below you will find information about the various home improvement stores in the Pacific Northwest, more specifically, home improvement stores of the South Puget Sound Region, including but not limited to Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, Olympia Tractor Supply, Andersons True Value Centralia, and many more to come!
For now, enjoy the information on this page, and make sure to check back frequently for updates, as each home improvement store listed here will be receiving its own personal page to add to the value contained in this article! I would have to say this page is less like an article and much more like a valuable resource!
Store #4708, 1325 Fones Rd Se, Olympia, Wa 98501
Store #1167, 4230 Martin Rd Se, Olympia, Wa 98516
1015 N Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98406
Andersons True Value Centralia
220 North Tower, Centralia, Wa 98531
Olympia Supply and Hardware
625 Columbia St Sw, Olympia, Wa 98501
Tractor Supply Co Olympia
Store # 1958, 4141 Martin Way E Ste 105, Olympia, WA 98516
Western Builders Supply, Inc Tacoma
712 East 26th St Tacoma, WA 98421
Lincoln Hardware Tacoma
3726 S G Street, Tacoma, Washington 98418
Make sure to keep checking back regularly as SPS Inspections will be constantly adding value by updating this article with more home improvement stores, more home improvement store reviews, more hardware store ratings and information, and more more more!
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