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Today I went to two neighborhood hardware stores and said "Sir, please fetch me your finest 1/8 inch brad point drill bit, suitable for drilling into maple". And each time, the guy had no idea what I was talking about. I don't know much at all about woodworking - is the brad point bit a rare item, or do people in NYC call them something else? At the second one, I showed the guy a bit on the Milwaukee web site, but he was unimpressed.

Forgive me for saying this, but it seems a bit odd.
 

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McMaster always has what you need!
 

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Long gone are the days when people who work in hardware stores actually know anything about hardware.
Evidently. I suppose that could be because so many people buy online that hardware store can't pay for knowledgeable people. Maybe it's really not worth it to them to pay someone with that kind of expertise just to sell me a $5 bit.
 

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Its frequently hard to buy a single brad point drill bit but sets should be readily available. Lee Valley, Rockler, McMaster, Grizzly, even dear old StewMac.
 

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In my experience, brad points aren't usually made that small; smaller ones are usually split point- of course there are a zillion brands I never tried. You might also look at "bullet point"" bits from De
Walt or Black and Decker.
 

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Why would they need to fetch it for ya? Were they like those old-timey stores where everything is behind the counter?
 

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In my experience, brad points aren't usually made that small; smaller ones are usually split point- of course there are a zillion brands I never tried. You might also look at "bullet point"" bits from De
Walt or Black and Decker.
I ended up ordering this Dewalt from Amazon: DEWALT DW1702 Brad Point, 1/8-Inch https://a.co/d/fauTv68
 

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about 10 years ago, I was searching for jobs and applied at Home Depot and Lowe's and a few other places because I knew a bit about tools and brands, etc. and I thought they'd be a nice place to work for. The application websites had you answer a bunch of questions that sounded an awful lot like a psychoanalysis or personality test. Nothing about your knowledge of hardware, paint, lumber, etc.

Maybe this is the fallout...
 

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Here you go

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Over the pond they're called Brad Awl's as far as I know. I've got 2.

How are the hardware store guys over there?

You'll probably appreciate then that I felt like the guy in the cheese shop skit, though at least these stores did have *some* drill bits (they just didn't know what they were, other than "drill bits").
 

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How are the hardware store guys over there?

You'll probably appreciate then that I felt like the guy in the cheese shop skit, though at least these stores did have *some* drill bits (they just didn't know what they were, other than "drill bits").
Pretty ok. There are smaller shops that can be very good and stock smaller goods, but then there are bigger outlets, which have some Saturday part timer kids that are pretty clueless.
 

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about 10 years ago, I was searching for jobs and applied at Home Depot and Lowe's and a few other places because I knew a bit about tools and brands, etc. and I thought they'd be a nice place to work for. The application websites had you answer a bunch of questions that sounded an awful lot like a psychoanalysis or personality test. Nothing about your knowledge of hardware, paint, lumber, etc.

Maybe this is the fallout...

Company’s are more worried that you won’t get them involved in a multimillion dollar federal civil rights lawsuit.

It’s cheaper to hire a dimwit that won’t offend someone than a smart person that speaks their mind.
 




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