Zarathustra wrote: 440roadrunner wrote:
But today's crop of corporatized and computer "savvy" "counter help" is just simply incredible. This is in the U.S. and most don't even know traditional standardized tube and hose fittings.
Yeah, yeah, every generation is saying that from the following one. Imagine how smart they were centuries ago and how we went down the drain since then!
I don't know where you get this "information." I used to sell auto, light and some heavy truck, and heavy hardware, logging, wire rope and other rigging. We sold and made hydraulic and other hose and fittings, and I've personally turned thousands of brake drums and rotors. I left that "career" sometime in the mid eighties. We still had old catalogs clear back, in some cases, into the early thirties.
When I go into a modern "parts store" and no one knows the difference between SAE and inverted flare, or JIC / AN, then "they don't know."
Hell I once had someone try to tell me how great "metric" was because "they are all standard." I guess he never tried to thread a French bolt into a Jap car.
At home I use what is called "industrial interchange" (Hanson Milton) air quick couplers. Not long ago I had a "parts person" try and sell me a "truflate" design and convince me that "it will fit they are all the same." When I tried to explain that I'm aware of at least 5 specific 1/4" designs, he had no idea what I was trying to get across.
Recently I was attempting to research tire sizes for my 67 Dart. A guy at a tire store had NO idea what I meant by the "outside diameter" of a tire.
The WORST situation is when someone doesn't know, and they try and make you, the customer, as the "dumb one." That is usually a huge mistake with me.
Last edited by 440roadrunner (2014-06-18 05:49:38)