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Old 4th Dec 2018, 19:40
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obgraham
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: E.Wash State
Posts: 575
Maybe all is not lost, although the increased complexity and general unrepairability of modern stuff is part of the problem.

I live in a town where 60-70 percent of the population is Hispanic. Many of them recent arrivals. Those guys can fix stuff, and are very innovative. They also are not rich, so they often don't like the prices at the Big Box Joints. However there all sorts of little supply joints where you can find darn near anything, usually in the back under a pile of something else. That's where these locals go, and that's where I found that garage door gasket I needed in just the length I needed.

We also have a few smaller chains, like the aptly named "Tacoma Screw", where you can get, well, screws. In the size, shape, and quantity you need. (Naughty boys, you lot!)
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