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I appologize for not highlighting the "Black Friday' tools sales


My Black Friday shopping is done at Ace Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, True Value and tractor supply. This year was a really good year for stuff that I needed. Lowes had industrial shelves on sale at half price. These monsters are 6 foot tall. 4 feet wide with shelves 2 feet deep rated for something like 800 lb per shelf, and went for about $45. I also got (2) Werner 4 foot fiberglass 250 lb rated step ladders for $17 each and a 4 foot long Werner aluminum work platform for $17. The ladders and platforms were about a third of the regular price. I also got a Worx brand Jawsaw for $99. That is about $30 less than on the infomercial and no shipping costs. Plus a bunch of plastic bins and tubs to organize things, all on sale. Ace had a deal on accessory kits for dremel type rotary tools, 410 for a plastic box with close to 100 widgets in it.

Anyhow, it will soon be January, and most of the above mentioned stores are running sales on organizing stuff, like closet kits, plastic bins, baskets, etc. True Value Hardware seems to have the best selection on plastic bins and tubs and good prices, but Lowes pretty close with their sale going on.



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sounds like you made a purdy good haul. cool

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Dang, I need a bigger shop !

Sounds like you made out like a bandit, Joe.

Always good to get your "man in the field" reports on tool stuff.

Happy New Year,
meller

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No tools for me right now, but on the way home today stopped at an appliance place and got a super deal on a washer dryer.......$899
Of course, by the time the taxes, delivery and 5 year warranty are added in.....$1430.....but still a good price I think.

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I mentioned one of these, like my Granny used to use but then I heard Sherry mumble something about having it surgically removed so I decided not to get it for her.



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Hey, Mello, your clothes washing rig would be most welcome in my wife's village in the Philippines. Up in the "boonies" where they live, they wash clothes by hand in a metal basin down by the river, and use a flat rock to wring 'em out. They have electricity in the village but not enough to run American style washers and dryers.

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Wow, Joe, I'll bet she can tell some stories that would make us moaners ashamed of ourselves, huh?

Did you meet her in the Phillipines and have you been to her village?



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Yeah, I met her in the Philippines. I've spent several weeks  in her village over the years. We have been married almost 17 years. To give you an idea how remote it is, I land in Manila International airport and arrange to get a bus ticket north to Baguio City. Thatr is about 200 miles and takes about 8 hours. Then I have to hire a taxi to take me from the bus depot to the "Jeepney" station. Jeepneys are copies of American WW II Jeeps that have been extended sorta like a hillbilly stretch off road "limo" It's a 2 to 3 hour ride in the Jeepney with 20 to 30 other people and maybe a crate of chickens or a couple of pigs tied to the roof to the end of the road. Unload my luggage and then walk across a suspension bridge, thru a patch of jungle, then 2/3'rd's of a mile across rice fields to the village. Takes a while to get used to living in a place where the only sounds are people and animals, no machinery running anywhere. Chickens wake you up in the morning. People singing fills the evening hours. It's 48 hours to get from my door to my in-laws door, and it's like going back in time about 75 years. Houses have electricity, but not enough to run a refridgerator or stove, just lights and a couple of fans and maybe a TV. Most cook either over a single propane burner or use wood. The toilets are in outhouses. The shower is outdoors. Life there involves a lot of hard work planting and harvesting rice and other crops, but it is very similar to how my grandparents lived, they work hard, work together, and seem to have a lot of fun as a group.



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Wow, just shows you how out of touch some of us can be and not have any idea that any of this exists in these times. Great story, Joe, sure sounds like you enjoy the trip too. Are pigs and chickens the primary meats that are eaten in that village? Lights, fan and TV? Sounds pretty good to me - hahahahaha

thanks for sharing that with us,
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Oh, almost forgot, I got to see the new Ace Hardware sale flyer. Seems that for January, they are showcasing Irwin Tools. Twin packs of Vise-Grips and twin packs of squeeze bar clamps are $10 plus there is a $2 rebate, which brings the price down to $8. They also have really good prices on spade bits and drill bits. They also have Gorilla brand industrial shelves 3 feet wide x 12" deep x 6 feet high at $34.99 which is half price. These come with particle wood shelves rated at 200 pounds per shelf. I have 2 sets of these that I bought the last time they were on sale. I like them and they hold a LOT of stuff. Also a lot of sales on all different sizes of plastic bins, boxes and tubs for organizing stuff. Plus smoke alarms and fire exstinguishers.

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That TV in the village might get 2 stations, so entertainment is limited. But just about everyone has a radio, because they still play soap operas and dramas on the radio like the USA in the 1930's. They bypassed the whole land line phone system and went direct to cell phones. MUCH cheaper to build a few towers than to string a million miles of wire. My wife's village got electricity in 1995, the year before I met her and got married.

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We are going to visit my wife's family in the Philippines this January 2017. A lot of progress has happened there in the past 5 years. Electricity has been improved and much more reliable. Many houses now have small dorm fridges. Some houses now have satellite dish TV offering 20 plus channels for about $7 a month. My sister-in-law has a flush toilet. The basket ball court now has a roof. and there are a few outside lights on the main path into the village. The suspension bridge had the wooden deck replaced with metal.

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If you take pics, then please share them with us after y'all return. Oh, and Joe, you and da Missus have a great trip.

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My trip to the Philippines in January was FANTASTIC! We spent almost the whole month there. We have been sending one of my wife's nephews tools as he is apprenticing as a carpenter/cabinet maker and also is a pretty good mechanic. I can't send him power tools as the elec. is not compatible, but by shopping on holidays and catching sales when I can, I've got him pretty well set up with hand tools. It was "golly gee whiz" hard to find metric tape measures, carpenter's squares, and steel rulers, but I found them without having to special order at full price plus shipping. I never pay full price if I can avoid it. We stayed at my sister-in-law's family home. Their TV was and old tube model with a badly distorted picture, so I got them a smallish (34"??) flat screen TV. My brother-in-law works his butt off every day out in the rice fields. One of his few joys is to watch basketball on TV. My joy was watching him enjoy his game in high definition. The nephew built a 4 room addition to their house, made his own doors and frames, bought pre-fab windows, and tiled the floors. I chipped in some $$ so he could get himself a circular saw. He got a 7 1/2" Makita for about $160. Over there, that is a month's wages. The main reason for the visit was to celebrate Grandma's 90th birthday. she doesn't hear well, and she has a hard time seeing clear enough to read, but she walks at least a mile a day, and I couldn't keep up with her. We made sure to bring her a few 1 pound canned hams, her favorite. As it worked out, 3 boxes of stuff we shipped in November arrived while we were there. Gideon got some saw blades for his saw, and a couple of hatchets, and a couple of adjustable wrenches to add to his collection. He is making some money fixing and building stuff, but the typical wage there is $6 a DAY. So for example, the Craftsman metric 10 piece 3/8" drive socket set that I can pick up on sale for $10 (half off the regular price) is pretty much unattainable for him. It makes me feel good to see him able to work with decent tools.

To keep this tool related, there will soon be Memorial Day sales at all my favorite places to shop.

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Glad you had a good trip, Joe. That is a good thing you're doing helping that young feller out like you do.

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