Being a woman, and smaller in stature, I am often approached by strangers. Maybe it has nothing to do with being a woman or being small. I don’t know. Regardless, people often give me their unsolicited opinion.
I do frequent the big home improvement stores. I love when I find the old retired plumber that works there. He is very helpful. Unfortunately, not all those that work there are a wealth of knowledge.
Yesterday as I was there, I overheard a couple deliberating which stain they ought to use. Their dog had scratched the surface off their exterior, wooden front door. They had no knowledge of stains or topcoats – which is fine! But, to hear the sales lady give her advice made me shudder. The sales lady told them to put a WAX on their exterior wooden door. ??? How this would restain it, topcoat it and protect it from not only the dogs claws but the sun I cannot imagine… They didn’t even question her or question why she would suggest a wax. They simply took it from her and happily walked to the cash register. Their happiness won’t last long as they’ll be back next week for try #2.
As much as I love the helpful staff at the big box places, they don’t know everything. It’s important to research the product you need before you enter.
Don’t buy a water based stain simply because the sales guy notices you have children and says “water based is less toxic – you should use that.”
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