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post #61 of 74 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 19, 02:53 PM
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I know this is a little off topic, but I will go anyway. Our sears closed last week. I did not go in there even on a monthly basis. I would go about 6-10 times a year. I would exchange broken tools, and buy new tools, usually sets because it was cheaper than buying separately. I spoke to the former owner before the store closed. She said you could exchange broken tools at Lowes, Kmart, or Ace Hardware. I went to Lowe's today and just looked at the tool section. Not one loose mechanic type hand tool,Craftsman or Kolbolt in the store. All in kits . Just shook my head. I didn't inquire about it, I figured the writing was on the wall. We are just plain screwed if Ace doesn't step up. Sad day.

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I know this is a little off topic, but I will go anyway. Our sears closed last week. I did not go in there even on a monthly basis. I would go about 6-10 times a year. I would exchange broken tools, and buy new tools, usually sets because it was cheaper than buying separately. I spoke to the former owner before the store closed. She said you could exchange broken tools at Lowes, Kmart, or Ace Hardware. I went to Lowe's today and just looked at the tool section. Not one loose mechanic type hand tool,Craftsman or Kolbolt in the store. All in kits . Just shook my head. I didn't inquire about it, I figured the writing was on the wall. We are just plain screwed if Ace doesn't step up. Sad day.
We have an Ace close to my work, they have lots of individual Craftsman tools, a pretty full well stocked isle of them actually.

I have never tried to do an exchange there yet, since we are just dumping and upgrading Cman tools at work when they need replacing.

I do know that the Ace owner is always in the store so that may help, it's a Mom and Pop owned store and very well maintained and staffed, customer service is great,so that may help people trying to warranty tools in this area.

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That's good to hear. Hope it works as flawlessly as the Sears manager said. Hopefully. Lowes will change soon.

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I ordered something online at sears.com yesterday and about twenty seconds later get three emails with coupons worth twice what I just spent at Sears, then one for K-Mart so I wonder if that incentive policy will end with the recent infusion of survival cash?

It's sad that they sold off the two profitable units they had, Craftsman and Kenmore last year. IMHO If they held those and became retailer with a smaller physical foot print I thought they would survive. When Howard Johnson's went under it was the largest restaurant chain in the world. In the end Marriott then Windham just wanted the real estate of the Hotels and the Restaurant real estate worth a fortune as they had all the best locations was sold off one by one. Every Sears I ever saw in a free standing situation was way larger than they now needed and they always spread out the merchandise when if they reconfigured, maybe combine Kmart on one side and Sears on the other. Or just contract down to reasonable size and sub lease the other space as food or other non competitive retailers.

Opps another coupon just arrived. I should go shopping.

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I ordered something online at sears.com yesterday and about twenty seconds later get three emails with coupons worth twice what I just spent at Sears, then one for K-Mart so I wonder if that incentive policy will end with the recent infusion of survival cash?

It's sad that they sold off the two profitable units they had, Craftsman and Kenmore last year. IMHO If they held those and became retailer with a smaller physical foot print I thought they would survive. When Howard Johnson's went under it was the largest restaurant chain in the world. In the end Marriott then Windham just wanted the real estate of the Hotels and the Restaurant real estate worth a fortune as they had all the best locations was sold off one by one. Every Sears I ever saw in a free standing situation was way larger than they now needed and they always spread out the merchandise when if they reconfigured, maybe combine Kmart on one side and Sears on the other. Or just contract down to reasonable size and sub lease the other space as food or other non competitive retailers.

Opps another coupon just arrived. I should go shopping.

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Gonna miss Kenmore. My wife and I bought a washer/dryer set from our local Sears and have had it for 25 years or very close to it. Cleaning under them both one day netted a single bolt laying on the floor under the washer...i'm guessing, off a gear pack, or a clutch pack. Found where it was supposed to be and haven't seen anything after that. Now...we bought the new fangled Maytag washer/dryer set, all computer acting, and all the fancy schmancy stuff and, with no agitator, and both are trashed and long gone. The Maytag crap cost almost 3 times what the Kenmore stuff cost.


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Eddie Lampert has reached a deal to buy Sears at auction. It still requires a judges approval come February 1st.

I can't imagine what he intends to do with it, but as he is the buyer I would think he has some love for the brand and a plan.

Retail being what it is these days, I'm thinking he models part of it similar to Amazon. Might be ok if he has Kmart handle the clothing end and the old style Sears for the household items and add novelties like Cosco bulk packaging, outdoor activity supplies by Cabella's, and maybe an all American food court by Golden Corral.

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As you can imagine the water pressure of the Chicago water system is not powerful enough to supply water to most of the floors so there are pumping stations within the tower that provide the pressure needed to reach the upper floors.


Now the fun (or gross) part... sewerage. One would think gravity should handle moving sewerage from the upper floors to the sanitary sewer system beneath the tower. The truth is gravity works TOO good. (Physicists jump in here with numbers.) If one was to flush a "dump" on an upper floor and that dump was allowed to free fall straight to the sewer below the building by time it would reach the sewer it would be traveling at a speed that when coupled with the mass would generate a force more then capable of shattering the sewer pipe. To handle this (reduce the speed is the only thing you have control of since you can't control the mass of someone's dump) the sewer pipes in the tower drop vertically so many floors then turn and run horizontally between floors for a distance before returning to vertical and resuming their downward trip. Sorry I don't remember the ratio of floors drop to horizontal feet run.
I knew there would be several boosters (and fire pumps) but the horizontal wastewater runs is something I never really thought about (again: I sell pumps, not pipe). Novel way to do it! Makes complete sense to me.

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Yep, domestic water booster systems, and 1 large injector pit to finally collect the sewage and pump out to the city system. You should see the pump pressures needed for the fire pump systems too.
Don't most of the buildings in Chicago have big tanks up top so you're really just filling the tank then gravity takes care of it from there? Seems to me that would mean the flow would be significantly less and the pumps themselves would be staged.

Around my area everything is pumps but our buildings aren't nearly as tall. In DC nothing can be taller than the Washington Monument. Crystal City (across the potomac) is another matter but they're not nearly as big as Chicago's sky scrapers.

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I knew there would be several boosters (and fire pumps) but the horizontal wastewater runs is something I never really thought about (again: I sell pumps, not pipe). Novel way to do it! Makes complete sense to me.
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Every Sears I ever saw in a free standing situation was way larger than they now needed and they always spread out the merchandise
This dates back to the old days when each store had its own warehouse and kept a month or more's stock at the local store. With the advent of "just in time inventory" the warehouse space was no longer needed since the stores put all the stock on the floor and reordering was done automatically every night. The freed up space was converted into sales floor. Part of the new floor plan called for wide open space to allow families to better enjoy the shopping experience. Back in the 80's this was considered state of the art.

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We lost our K-Mart where I live, the Sears is still open but I don't know for how long. We have an ACE south of us and I'm right down the road from Lowes. It saddens me to see these store's closing but when you can buy online and have everything shipped to your house I guess that's the way of the future.
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I ordered something online at sears.com yesterday and about twenty seconds later get three emails with coupons worth twice what I just spent at Sears, then one for K-Mart so I wonder if that incentive policy will end with the recent infusion of survival cash?

It's sad that they sold off the two profitable units they had, Craftsman and Kenmore last year. IMHO If they held those and became retailer with a smaller physical foot print I thought they would survive. When Howard Johnson's went under it was the largest restaurant chain in the world. In the end Marriott then Windham just wanted the real estate of the Hotels and the Restaurant real estate worth a fortune as they had all the best locations was sold off one by one. Every Sears I ever saw in a free standing situation was way larger than they now needed and they always spread out the merchandise when if they reconfigured, maybe combine Kmart on one side and Sears on the other. Or just contract down to reasonable size and sub lease the other space as food or other non competitive retailers.

Opps another coupon just arrived. I should go shopping.

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Eddie Lampert has reached a deal to buy Sears at auction. It still requires a judges approval come February 1st.

I can't imagine what he intends to do with it, but as he is the buyer I would think he has some love for the brand and a plan.

Retail being what it is these days, I'm thinking he models part of it similar to Amazon. Might be ok if he has Kmart handle the clothing end and the old style Sears for the household items and add novelties like Cosco bulk packaging, outdoor activity supplies by Cabella's, and maybe an all American food court by Golden Corral.

He is only going to keep milking it out til every last drop is out of that company. He has been killing the company for years.

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