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An Awkward Piece of Copper Tubing

When I was just starting out in hardware (mid ‘70s) many customers brought in a piece of copper tubing with the nuts flared on the end. It was not uncommon for them to want a new piece of copper, and they would reuse the old flare nuts. One day I looked at a man who was here for this purpose and said, “Alright sir, now if you’ll just step to the back, I’ll cut your nuts off.” I don’t know whose face was redder!

Susan Harlan
Vickery Do it Best Hardware
Smyrna, Ga.

F 'n' P washer

We sell Fisher & Paykel washers, often abbreviated as F and P. Our hardware employees, unfamiliar with the abbreviation, think customers are swearing at them when they say they need service on their F ‘n’ P washer. They probably wonder what a P washer is used for, too, but none have ever asked.

Amy Earls
Page Hardware & Appliance Co.
Guilford, Conn.

Do You Have Any Hose (Hoes)?

My personal favorite is “hose (hoes),” preceded by “Do you have…” 50/50 chance of getting it right and I have had some pretty indignant looks when I didn’t guess right.

Mark Nakajima
Ace Forest Grove
Forest Grove, Ore.

Do You Have Any Paralyzed Lime?

Had a lady ask if we had any paralyzed lime. Finally figured out she meant pelletized.

Susan Miller
Bob’s Hardware
Whiting, N.J.

Womanized Wood

We frequently get calls for “womanized” wood. Wolmanized. Really. Thanks for the laugh!

Karla Robson
Slavens True Value
Cortez, Colo.


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