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Perhaps the biggest problem you will encounter on your purchasing expeditions is variously known as the Hardware Hole, the Money Drain or the Impulse Buying Syndrome.

The modern hardware store is a marvelous place. It is a house of dreams. There is no more enjoyable place to spend a Saturday afternoon when you have a pocket full of money. As you wander past the gardening center or the bathroom displays, you may find your mind wandering toward a new project: a raised garden in the back yard, or a closet organizer that might just allow you a few more inches of space if your wife does not claim them first.

So you come to the store for five pounds of 10D nails. You see the closet organizer. It's on sale! Five dollars off and a rebate from the manufacturer. You know that you will never send in the rebate; still it makes you think that the price is cheaper than the sticker on the box. Won't it surprise the wife when you get that installed!

Only one problem: When you get home, you look into the closet and are daunted by the prospect of hauling out all those dresses and blouses. Besides, you really need to get some work done on the addition. So you bring the closet organizer down to the garage and set it next to the paneling you got to refurbish the basement. The paneling sits next to the new range hood you meant to install in the kitchen. On the way back into the house, it is hard to miss that stack of landscape timbers stacked on the patio. Your purchase turns into one more ambitious project that is going to wait until you have finished the big one.

That is when you remember, you forgot to get a crow bar while you were at the hardware store. That's going to be a handy tool when you start to tear off the roof over the laundry room. Demolition: that's REAL work!

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W.J. Rayment built an addition on his house, and in the course of the project learned from his many mistakes. This on-line compendium is his effort to help you learn from his experience. The advice and stories are often humorous, sometimes silly, but always informative. for yourself or as a gift for family or friends.

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