6 tips before you go to the hardware store:
1 Make a list of what you need to buy.
If you need a specific size of something, note down the size, measurements or part number.
2 If you need to see if something fits, like a hose, pipe or connector, bring your existing hardware with you.
3 If you can’t bring the item with you, take a few pictures to show to the staff at the hardware store.
4 If you have an instruction manual or owner’s manual for whatever you’re working on, bring it with you.
5 Prepare a list of questions to ask at the hardware store
The staff are there to help you determine the best materials and approach for your project – don’t waste this valuable resource!
6 Make sure you will be able to transport whatever you buy back to your home. Buying something big? Check if you’ll need to rent a truck, or discuss delivery possibilities while at the store.