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Needed to do a quick install today of (3) motion sensors.. so off to HD I go....

I find a simple looking... no frills looking MS on the shelf... pick (3) units from the back of the shelf...

I check the packing tape across the top flap that closes the box and off to the register I go...

Get to the job... first one goes smooth... but it is always a PIA to stuff all the wires in back of the detector inside the box that always seems too small...

Go to unit #2 and find my new MS missing the mounting parts and the MS itself busted off the ball and socket..:censored::censored:

So it was a wasted day.. perfect weather for being outside.. I will go back after NYE when it will be 20 degree's.. :censored:
 

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Needed to do a quick install today of (3) motion sensors.. so off to HD I go....

I find a simple looking... no frills looking MS on the shelf... pick (3) units from the back of the shelf...

I check the packing tape across the top flap that closes the box and off to the register I go...

Get to the job... first one goes smooth... but it is always a PIA to stuff all the wires in back of the detector inside the box that always seems too small...

Go to unit #2 and find my new MS missing the mounting parts and the MS itself busted off the ball and socket..:censored::censored:

So it was a wasted day.. perfect weather for being outside.. I will go back after NYE when it will be 20 degree's.. :censored:

There is no way to win with those...:no:
 

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On the bright side, those Heath Zenith motion sensors are very reliable. I have one on the back of my garage that I installed 15 years ago that's still working fine, and another one on the side that's been working for about 7.
 

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My best was getting a QO panel with almost all the 1/2" ko's removed. The box was sealed shut with the binding straps so I assumed it was fine. Thankfully I needed most of the ko's but still had to put in a few seals.
 

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I had to replace a piece of baseboard heat in a common area the other day near some smoke detectors. Didn't want the coating on the fins to set off the smoke detectors so off to the panel room to scab into the panel to burn off the coating far away from the alarm system. All was well till I tipped over some stuff and crushed the element. Back to the supply house for round two. Do overs...
 

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My best was getting a QO panel with almost all the 1/2" ko's removed. The box was sealed shut with the binding straps so I assumed it was fine. Thankfully I needed most of the ko's but still had to put in a few seals.
I got one with side cutters and a beater in the box...:blink:




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I bought a 2" hub once for a panel change and after the old panel was out i realized it was a 1-1/2" in a 2" package. So with the power out I was in a hurry to leave and replace it when I backed over a fire hydrant. Boy did that water shoot out fast.
 

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I got a meter socket from lowes. In a sealed box. That was an oh/ ug .
Rip the old service off the wall open new meter and there is no opening on the top for a hub! Wtf
I had a difficult time trying to figure if it was a factory error or the box store repacked it ...I didn't have time to really look too much into it.
 

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I have returned stuff to HD that was defective only to watch them toss it in the cart to go back into stock:eek:.
 

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I bought a 2" hub once for a panel change and after the old panel was out i realized it was a 1-1/2" in a 2" package. So with the power out I was in a hurry to leave and replace it when I backed over a fire hydrant. Boy did that water shoot out fast.
i remember when you first posted about that :thumbup::laughing: it happens man!
 

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Don't say anything the next time they forget to ring up an item.
 

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I bought what I thought was going to be a QO 20 space main lug center by the label , what I got in a sealed box was a early 80's style 100 amp main breaker 16 ckt panel, unused.
 
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anytime I buy something from there I always open the package to make sure its the right thing, no parts are missing and nothing is broken.

And if by chance something does slip through, I ALWAYS take my sharpie and draw and HUGE "X" on every side of the box. Otherwise they will try to restock it. All of the employees have box packing tape in their pouches.

The worst experience for me was years ago I bought a 4 piece Dewalt kit with a free impact driver. Got it to a job, opened it up and found that someone had replaced every tool in the kit with the compact version. Replaced the XRP batteries and charger with the standard ones. And they stole the impact driver.
Drove straight back to Lowes and had a hard time explaining what happened. Finally convinced them to accept the return and then they tried to restock it. I could not believe it.
 

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Had that day yesterday, simple nice 60' run of 3/4 PVC for a PB-30.
Get to the entry point of the house and had to cut out an LB- went in the house to find the THHN goes straight in the time clock, no change over - nothing-
Then I notice it is for the pool- No 20A 2P GFCI- 2- 12/2s' with a hot form each one to the time clock line, 1 neutral-
Then find the 200A main that I thought was a main- is not- there is a 100A in slot 2- that I thought was a sub panel.
Then I could not get the 2nd pull of #10 in- ( I only had 2 spools)..
So- long story short....
my 3 hour job turned into 6 and I'm going back now to finish! :censored::censored::censored::censored:
 

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Needed to do a quick install today of (3) motion sensors.. so off to HD I go....

I find a simple looking... no frills looking MS on the shelf... pick (3) units from the back of the shelf...

I check the packing tape across the top flap that closes the box and off to the register I go...

Get to the job... first one goes smooth... but it is always a PIA to stuff all the wires in back of the detector inside the box that always seems too small...

Go to unit #2 and find my new MS missing the mounting parts and the MS itself busted off the ball and socket..:censored::censored:

So it was a wasted day.. perfect weather for being outside.. I will go back after NYE when it will be 20 degree's.. :censored:
Always buy an extra just in case, depending on value, either keep as spare or return on next HD visit.:thumbsup:
 
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