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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A Good Hardware Store

After 15 years of being opened and closed, the lock on the door to our bathroom needed replacing. The lock was a standard one that most of the contractors put in the apartments that they build. It wasn't totally shot, but sometimes you could lock the door and then have a hard time openning it up again.

I had no idea how how to change the lock. I wasn't born with two left hands, mind you. I guess there are other things that just interest me more. The troublesome lock remained in place, much to the chagrin of those who would find themselves temporarily locked in the bathroom.

Another unrelated problem that I had was copying keys to the apartment. It happened more than once that the keys that I had copied at a hardware store did not work when I came home to try them out. The people at the hardware store did not know how to copy keys well, or they just didn't care to do the work properly.

Both of my problems were solved when I found a fantastic hardware store in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. The store is called "HaKol LaBayit" (Everything For The Home), and is run by American immigrants. I had some keys copied there and when I returned home they actually worked. The next time I was in the area, I entered the store and told them about my problem with the bathroom door. They showed me the part I needed to buy, and told me how to put it in. When I came home, I tried unsuccessfully to take the old lock out. I called "HaKol LaBayit" on the phone, and the lady (!) there explained to me how to take the lock out. (You have to remove the door handles first. In order to remove the handles there is a little pin holding the handles in place that has to be pulled up and out. Afterwards, after removing two screws, the mechanism can be removed.)

An old Jewish joke says that a man should have three things: A good doctor, a good lawyer, and good children...but that he shouldn't need any of them. I add to the list "a good hardware store".

4 comments:

Stevin said...

I like your site. I love reading about life in Israel. I pray that someday I'll make Aliyah and experience it myself.
May HaShem bless you and your blog!

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

CosmicX: I just needed to replace a leaky faucet, and surprisingly I got very good help from the DIY people. Granted, its a yishuv hardware store, but they told me exactly how to change it.

Service in Israel has come a LONG way in the past 20 years.

Moby: Move here and you can help make things even better!

amechad said...

I fail to see why you are surprised by a female who knows a bit of hardware. Let's not be stereotypical/mysogninist, huh?

And of course the service was good - it was owned by American olim. Unfortunately I suspect the past experiences didn't work because Israelis just don't care enough to actually do a good job whereas Americans have (rightfully so and this is a positive element of US culture), the American business ethic in which we work hard and believe in doing things right.

Cosmic X said...

Mobyshtick,

Thanks. I hope to see you in Israel soon.

Jameel,

Glad the faucet got fixed.

Amechad,

True, it is a stereotype but most woment don't know how to fix things around the house. And as Jameel noted, service has improved in Israel but it is still rare to get that "made in America" service.

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