1119 E. Milam St
Wharton, TX 77488
This post starts out with a shout out to our friends at Star Parts. Star Parts is a CarQuest store in Wharton, Texas. They sell parts and so much more.
The reason we want to shout out to Star Parts on this post is because they have been so very helpful when it comes to us making it ourselves.
They often have very helpful suggestions on how we can repair things ourselves and save money in the long run.
Charles at Star Parts helped us design the screens we use in the Manian Debil Productions studio. The suggestions offered by Charles at Star Parts helped us to save some money and a lot of time. Thanks, Star Parts.
Papa Bruce, my father, was a pretty darn good carpenter and a pretty sharp fellow. He used to say, “Why buy it when we can build it ourselves? We can make it cheaper and a whole lot better that way.”
When we were making our Western Auto Store a clone of the Western Auto Flag Stores, we found that this was very true. One thing was the parts counter for the parts department at the store. Western Auto had one we could buy and assemble for thousands of dollars. It would do the job, but cost way too much.
Papa Bruce decided we could build it. So, for the price of a few pieces of metal, and a case of beer, he had the local technical college weld some support braces for the counter. Add a sheet of plywood and some Formica and we had ourselves a parts counter for only $200.
This DIY parts counter was so strong we could have parked a fleet of busses on it, if we needed to. The bottom line here is that “so-called” professionally made items are not necessarily better than what you can do yourself. Also, there is a sense of pride it building something with your bare hands.
This reminds me, along that same time, Papa Bruce decided we needed an intracom. He asked me to buy and install one. So, I did. During this installation, I was up on an 8-foot step ladder and lost my hammer. I looked everywhere for it. I climbed down the ladder and looked some more. I could not remember what I did with it. I went to my tool case and got my other hammer then, I went back to move the ladder.
I folded the steps to the ladder so I could move it. If you are familiar with most step ladders, you know there is a tool shelf that folds up when the ladder is folded.
As that shelf folded, I was reminded that I had left the lost hammer on the fold-away shelf. I was reminded of that when the hammer fell off that shelf and onto my head. I had to go to the doctor's’ office in town and get a stitch in my noggin.
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