Spring will be here before we know it...and time to advertise the wonderful Chicken Palaces that Mr. Wonderful will be building soon. Last weekend, we visited various "Big Box Stores" to browse for new hinges, screws, vents, and insulation, as well as other supplies that he will be needing. You never know what NEW products will appear, to make construction life easier!
We walked down the fastener aisles in these stores to see what they had as far as screws went. There are so many different kinds - long screws, short screws, stainless, decking, GREEN screws - you name it! BUT - - we were looking for something "different" - something made in the USA. Last fall, Mr. Wonderful had a difficult time with these handy little fasteners....It seemed that 3 out of every 10 screws that he began to install either stripped out, bent, or broke. I examined the box - - "Made in China". OKAY. American Companies - how about making nails and screws in AMERICA? Yes, we have a lot of regulations, but for good reason! We like our products to be safe, and to work as designed. It might be cheaper to have products made overseas, but when they break, bend, or strip out, its not only frustrating, it is a time waster, and makes the items we construct less safe, and of lesser quality!
We have not yet succeeded in finding USA made screws in the stores we visited last weekend. We DID, however, find NAILS made in the USA, in a very tiny area towards the end of the fastener aisle at Lowe's. We will keep up our search for other USA made items. It is hard work to find the things we need, but as I've said before, YOU ARE HERE! So buy American! Keep our jobs at HOME!