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Old 12-28-2018, 10:57 AM   #21
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Yep, in the old days when Sears Craftsman were quality, you could replace a socket for a couple of bucks. Had a buddy last year lose his 9/16 Snap On socket. Brought everything he was doing to a standstill. Thought panic mode was going to set in lol.

I went and got a tool kit out of my truck and grabbed the Craftsman ratchet and socket and finished with that while he chased down the Snap On guy. $24 for the socket. It did the same as his. lol

As far as someone spending more time cleaning their tools than working; that's about the dumbest thing I've heard for a reason. Ever watch the other trades or mechanics at the end of the day? All tools are cleaned and put away. And, if you were a union painter, they probably allowed you an hour or more, (paid), to clean your tools at the end of the day.
It used to be that if you broke a Craftsman tool and it wasn't because of abuse, you could take it to any Sears store and get it exchanged for no charge. Even without a receipt. We used to go to a local pawn shop that was near the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa and dig through big bins of loose sockets to find any broken Craftsman ones. Then we would take them to Sears and they would give us new ones. Best racket i ever ran! I even found a stripped out 3/8" drive ratchet and they gave me a re-build kit for free. Still have it too.
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A company should supply resiprator equipment and safety equipment, job materials, all sundries, nitrile gloves, paper suits as needed, rags, ladders, ladder jacks, roof jacks, planks, pivot tools, ratchet straps, drop clothes, light sheets for exterior plants, floor paper, roller trays/buckets, roller frames, 5 gallon and 2 gallon buckets, big extension poles, wall duster, push broom or broom, dustpan, garbage bags, extension cords, splitters, work lights, door set up hardware, pumps, pump oil, filters, tips, gun extensions, gun housings, mechanic tools, strainer bags, sandpapers, sanders, vacuums, vacuum bags, dust extractors, space heaters, fans, big stain brushes, mineral spirits, scaffolding, mini scaffolding, more expensive drywall tools, stilts, air scrubbers when needed, pressure washers, pressure tips, cleaning applicators, scrub brushes, carpentry power tools as needed, sure there's more.



Employees should be prepared with: Painter's whites, tool bag, a masking machine, putty knives, 2-4' pole(s), 5-in-ones, caulking gun, nail sets, stapler, hammer, channel locks, razor knives, scraper, pens, pencils, bucket hooks, common paint brushes, dust brush, drill/impact driver, tape measure, hats, boots, knee pads, screwdrivers, and flashlight if needed.


Funny thing is as an employee I have found it easier to acquire about 97% of everything mentioned above because I was tired of bringing it up to the bosses(with little results), that there's no vacuum available, or no extension cords, or frames, or poles, or garbage bags, or work lights, or sandpaper, or fans, or heaters, or planks, or step ladders, or roller trays, and mostly everything mentioned above..
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It used to be that if you broke a Craftsman tool and it wasn't because of abuse, you could take it to any Sears store and get it exchanged for no charge. Even without a receipt. We used to go to a local pawn shop that was near the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa and dig through big bins of loose sockets to find any broken Craftsman ones. Then we would take them to Sears and they would give us new ones. Best racket i ever ran! I even found a stripped out 3/8" drive ratchet and they gave me a re-build kit for free. Still have it too.
Who told you they wouldn't replace tools etc. because of abuse? When I was a young apprentice we were working on a big mansion redo, and we would take breaks with the other trades. This one old time plumber said if you buy a garden hose make sure you buy a Craftsman hose because they are guaranteed for life.

So the next hose I bought was a Craftsman. It was springtime and I rented one of those power aerators that poke holes in your lawn and pull out little plugs of grass. Well, I forgot to take my hose up before doing this and to my chagrin, the next time I watered it was coming out in little spurts. I haphazardly rolled up the hose, went to the Craftsman counter at Sears and told the guy it leaked. He replied without really looking to grab a new 50 footer and gave me a receipt for it. The funny thing it was only a 25 footer.

I bought a new 6 inch Craftsman taping knife, and over time as I would carry it in my back pocket it would fall out and it got a crimp in it from hitting the concrete. Went back to Sears, told me to grab a new one and off I went. I had it for many years but then we were doing a new grocery store and they had just installed a new flower cooler earlier in the day, I was painting above the cooler and sure enough, it fell between the wall and the cooler. Oh well, 5hit happens!
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Who told you they wouldn't replace tools etc. because of abuse? When I was a young apprentice we were working on a big mansion redo, and we would take breaks with the other trades. This one old time plumber said if you buy a garden hose make sure you buy a Craftsman hose because they are guaranteed for life.

So the next hose I bought was a Craftsman. It was springtime and I rented one of those power aerators that poke holes in your lawn and pull out little plugs of grass. Well, I forgot to take my hose up before doing this and to my chagrin, the next time I watered it was coming out in little spurts. I haphazardly rolled up the hose, went to the Craftsman counter at Sears and told the guy it leaked. He replied without really looking to grab a new 50 footer and gave me a receipt for it. The funny thing it was only a 25 footer.

I bought a new 6 inch Craftsman taping knife, and over time as I would carry it in my back pocket it would fall out and it got a crimp in it from hitting the concrete. Went back to Sears, told me to grab a new one and off I went. I had it for many years but then we were doing a new grocery store and they had just installed a new flower cooler earlier in the day, I was painting above the cooler and sure enough, it fell between the wall and the cooler. Oh well, 5hit happens!
Well that's what the warranty stated. I'm sure there were some employees that didn't want to piss off a customer so they would just replace them.
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Who told you they wouldn't replace tools etc. because of abuse? When I was a young apprentice we were working on a big mansion redo, and we would take breaks with the other trades. This one old time plumber said if you buy a garden hose make sure you buy a Craftsman hose because they are guaranteed for life.

So the next hose I bought was a Craftsman. It was springtime and I rented one of those power aerators that poke holes in your lawn and pull out little plugs of grass. Well, I forgot to take my hose up before doing this and to my chagrin, the next time I watered it was coming out in little spurts. I haphazardly rolled up the hose, went to the Craftsman counter at Sears and told the guy it leaked. He replied without really looking to grab a new 50 footer and gave me a receipt for it. The funny thing it was only a 25 footer.
When life gives you a perfectly good soaker hose, don't complain!
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When life gives you a perfectly good soaker hose, don't complain!
It's really sad that Sears is going away, once the World's largest retailer, now closing most of its stores where it started in Chicago, the last store in the city closed this summer at Six Corners at Irving Park Road and Cicero Ave. The store closest to me in Golf Mill Mall, just closed last week!

I've lived within a few miles of a Sears store my entire life, my first bike was a J.C. Higgins, one of my first baseball gloves was a Sears Ted Williams model. I had a Silvertone electric guitar, and I can't count how many pairs of their pumpkin-colored work boots I've purchased over the years.

As Bob Dylan once said, "The Times They Are A Changin".
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It's really sad that Sears is going away, once the World's largest retailer, now closing most of its stores where it started in Chicago, the last store in the city closed this summer at Six Corners at Irving Park Road and Cicero Ave. The store closest to me in Golf Mill Mall, just closed last week!

I've lived within a few miles of a Sears store my entire life, my first bike was a J.C. Higgins, one of my first baseball gloves was a Sears Ted Williams model. I had a Silvertone electric guitar, and I can't count how many pairs of their pumpkin-colored work boots I've purchased over the years.

As Bob Dylan once said, "The Times They Are A Changin". Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin' 1964 - YouTube
Sears was the original Amazon. You could buy a freaking house via the catalog! As kids we couldn't wait to get our hands on the Christmas book. Between them and Monky Wards, they oufitted most families in the US. Except for the guitar I had similar shopping experiences. It's a shame they have to go out like this and screwing employees along the way but, it's a different America these days. The times they are a-changin', indeed.
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Yeah, I remember the pre-christmas sears catalog, and the wet dreams we had thumbing through the toy section.
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Sears was the original Amazon. You could buy a freaking house via the catalog! As kids we couldn't wait to get our hands on the Christmas book. Between them and Monky Wards, they oufitted most families in the US. Except for the guitar I had similar shopping experiences. It's a shame they have to go out like this and screwing employees along the way but, it's a different America these days. The times they are a-changin', indeed.
I almost forgot about Ward's, another iconic Chicago store, that fell to the wayside!

If not for Mongomery Ward, Chicago's entire lakefront might now have been sold to developers, instead of being enjoyed by generations of Chicagoans!
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Yeah, I remember the pre-christmas sears catalog, and the wet dreams we had thumbing through the toy section.
The lingerie section wasnt to shabby either. 😉
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