I guess Emerson was on to something.
Earlier this morning, I went to a local building supplier as a local alternative to Lowe’s.
Turns out JM Building has not carried pegboards in 5 or 6 years. Not only that, but the first guy I ran into in their warehouse did not actually know what a pegboard is.
It is rapidly becoming apparent that the quality of carpenters/handymen in this area leaves something to be desired — and that is being charitable. Either they say they will only work on an open-ended 40 dollars an hour basis to do the few simple things I need to have done, or they give me 600 dollars estimates for putting up the few panels that I have to bring myself to the store.
I am losing patience with this nonsense. The store has to open in about a month. Today I am going to see if I can rent a truck from Budget Truck (it’s difficult to find a small truck due to the upcoming holiday) in Stuart and move everything with my husband.
If I can’t work out a deal that I am comfortable with using an installer who appears knowledgeable and reliable AND is prepared to work on this project on a fixed cost basis, then we’ll probably do the whole installation ourselves.
Sad… I want to hire people locally to help me.. but it’s darn hard to find the expertise I need.
Adhering to scheduled appointments seems to be a local joke, finding people with up-to-date familiarity with local suppliers and building materials seems to be an exercise in futility (I am starting to be more specific and knowledgeable when I talk to these purported expert handymen about building materials and suppliers), and I wont even get into those who showed up to give me estimates — with the smell of morning beer on their breath.
Moreover, the building materials — in particular the Lowe’s pegboard — are sometimes of inferior quality, so you have to be careful what you buy. For example, a piece of a 4′ x 8′ perforated hardboard broke up as I took it out off the shelf and I am not exactly Wonder Woman.
Looks like I’ll have to channel Emerson and find my inner carpenter.
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