Are Home DIYers Getting Smarter?


I consider myself reasonably handy — drywall, framing, electrical, plumbing (shudder), cabinetmaking. I can do most of them reasonably well (at least if you kind of squint and shake your head really fast when you’re looking at my work). Historically when I needed some particularly sophisticated piece of hardware like a really good Freud blade for my table saw or a 100-pack of sandpaper, I had to go to Hardwicks. Now I’m finding things like that at Home Depot. Are home DIYers getting more sophisticated? Or is it simply that a few customers who spend a lot of money at HD need more room on the high end?


Comments (3)

  1. AndrewSeven says:

    Do you know about Lee Valley?

    Very nice tools.

    http://www.leevalley.com/

  2. Rob says:

    I think the actual case is that alot of Home Depot’s are starting to cater the the professionals as well as the DIYers.

  3. I haven’t seen Lee Valley tools. Generally, I just need to walk about five blocks and I’m at Hardwicks — http://www.ehardwicks.com/.

    And it doesn’t surprise me that HD is catering more to the pros. I also have a feeling that they’ve figured out that they need to carry some very high-end things and some middle-of-the-road things, but not much in between or much low-end. That would simplify both their sales training and inventory management and make the upsell simpler.