Thursday, 1 July 2010
Talking of shops in Stalybridge
I have been battling with an annoying leak on a garden hose tap for ages. Being the ‘king of the bodge’ I have done everything to avoid fixing it properly. I have spent good money on PTFE and Duct Tape - none of which cured the damn leak. Today I decided to take drastic action and dismantled the tap where I discovered a perished washer. I hopped onto my bike and set off in the direction of B&Q. I then thought; hold on hypocrite - what about the small shops struggling to survive in Stalybridge and changed direction and went in search of a plumbing/hardware shop in Stalybridge.
Close to Stalybridge train station I found the ideal shop - Stalybridge Homecare. I went in and presented my perished washer to the gentleman behind the counter and asked “have you got one of these”. The gentleman in question is a true fountain of knowledge, he replied yes and asked me if I would like to know the history of this type of washer. I answered yes and he told me they were developed at the dawn of the age of steam and their design has never been bettered since. He said the only reason they leak is when they are disturbed and he said yours must have been disturbed prior to the leak - and he was spot on as it had! He then proceeded to tell me how to install it correctly and how to avoid future leaks. How much did the washer and all the useful information cost me? 10p, yes ten whole pence. I felt humbled by the amount and considered giving a tip for the excellent advice given but then I thought he make take it as an insult and decided against.
Had I gone to B&Q or a similar store I am certain I would have had to buy a whole pack of washers just to get the one I needed. I am sure if I spoke to a member of staff at such a store my only question would have been “where are your washers please” to which they would have duly pointed me in the right direction. In my opinion there is no beating a small independent establishment such as Stalybridge Homecare. The product range in this store is brilliant, the prices are good and the proprietor offers first class practical advice. I give Stalybridge Homecare a 10/10 rating. Next time you are in the market for DIY products do yourself a favour and head for this excellent little shop, and if you have time for a chat bring up the Stockton & Darlington Railway of 1825 and you will leave with a head full of knowledge on our industrial past as well as the product you purchased.