Re: Re screws, tools, etc - caution - "Communist Engineering"
I try to follow the same practice. I much prefer older Made in USA quality tools - cast iron and steel.
Originally Posted by Cogeniac
Although I do have one or two more modern things that were made in China or Taiwan or wherever across the Pacific that actually are pretty good. One that comes to mind in particular is a painter's scaffold I bought at Lowe's a couple years ago. Made in China; cost just under $300, as I recall. Exactly like this one:
It is very solid and works very well. I have used it for many projects, with the platform all the way at the top - 6 feet off the ground. I'm 6'1", 210 lbs., and it doesn't flex or grown under my bulk. So they at least got this one right.
But power tools? I try not to get Chinese-made ones. Although a lot of "American" brands these days are actually manufactured overseas. What matters is the design and how closely the name brand manufacturer watches over and quality-checks the production process.
Fasteners - oh yeah. It's too easy these days to get really crappy, cheap screws with rough and misshapen threads, whose heads twist off as soon as you try to drive them. I think they're made from recycled coffee cans or something.
- Bill T.
"How many politically-correct people does it take to screw in a light-bulb?"
"Look, I don't know, but that's not funny."