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Best pump for getting water from a creek

220 volt pump used to get water out of local creek

Anna did the bulk of the research for our new creek pump which led us to the local Home Depot.

pump being secured to a large piece of PVC pipe cut down the middleThey had a good selection of small to medium pumps, but no 220 volt well pumps. I went to the front desk where the guy was grumpy and shuffled me to the Home and Bath department instead of letting me ask the simple question "Can you order me a pump so I can come in next week to pick it up?" There was only one person working at Home and Bath and she was taking care of a customer.  She was nice and said she would be with me soon. She was having some computer trouble and called Mr Grumpy front desk back to help her.  The guy actually sneered at me when he made eye contact. I'm sure that could be a misinterpretation on my part and my body language was sending a message that I was getting tired of waiting by the way I was standing there with my arms crossed, and maybe some frustration was building when my wait went past the 20 minute point?
man handling a pump into a creek
45 minutes after I entered the store the lady was finally ready to walk over to the pumps to see if she could help me. She confirmed that the pump was not in stock or not in the back room and her solution was for me to order it on the internet. I'm guessing the shipping on something this heavy is around 50 bucks or more and then you would have to turn around and pay that again if there was a need to send it back. She offered to write down the model number so I could take it with me. That's when I lost my cool and calmly told her with a slight tinge of attitude "No thanks, I'll just go to Lowe's down the street".

Lowe's had a variety of 220 volt well pumps to choose from. Our old one was a half horse power. I decided to go up a notch to a 3/4 horsepower, which cost around 340 dollars when you factor in the connector parts.

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We stopped shopping at Home Depot years ago for the same repeated attitudes. We are Lowes shoppers now. Every once in a while I go into HD in case there is a specific brand item I need that isn't at Lowes, but the experience is always the same.
Comment by Robert Fri Jul 22 09:29:28 2011
Strange that a huge chain like that could consistently hire unpleasant sales people, but I guess if the management doesn't think it matters, that might make sense. Usually, Lowes is cheaper anyway if we're going for something that we can't get at the local mom and pop hardware store.
Comment by anna Fri Jul 22 13:29:39 2011
We are a Lowes family, thats for sure. One grandfather was a carpenter and the other is a gardener and I can't remember either of them ever going to Home Depot. Of course, thinking about it, the Home Depot at exit seven only opened a few years ago... I've only been in once or twice, and was NOT impressed. The employees didn't seem to know as much about their products as lowes employees.
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