Buying Safety Glasses

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 02-22-2007 05:50 AM 1211 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Reading a lot about safety today. I’ve managed to lose most my safety glasses. Seems I get a pair every time I buy a new nail gun, so I should have a drawer full somewhere around here. I like those glasses. They sit on my forehead when I’m not using them. I can always find them. They don’t fall off when I bend over. I take good care of them. Always laying them so the lens don’t scratch. I keep them on the dashboard in my truck. Not in a tool box. I know how important they are, but I have been known to cut with out them when I just can’t find them. I think the same demon who takes my pencils has developed a taste for safety glasses. I have one pair left, but these are the nerd kind. The kind they would give a visitor at a factory. Huge ones with wings and heavy. Bend over to read a tape and they fall off.
Now I am more than happy to pay good money for safety glasses so I set off to Home Despot to buy a case of the things. Here I am 7 AM looking at this wall of safety glasses. Three foot tall by six foot wide nothing but safety glasses. They have the box of $3.00 nerd glasses that I don’t want and every EVERY other pair is tinted sunglasses! If you need to look cool they have them. Now I’m getting old and I’m always on a job site with no lights. The last thing I want is friggin sunglasses. I’ve ranted before about these big box stores and I guess I just have to get it off my chest. Little Jerome lumber would have had 3 pair of good safety glasses at the same price as HD’s but they are out of business. I wonder why? I know I can find a good pair and will buy out the store when I do. I just wonder what we are losing. I use to know the owner of the store and he would try to meet my needs. Now I’m just another guy in line.
I’m in construction because it is one of the few places left a small businessman can survive. Most everything else is swallowed up in this merger/big is better mentality. The few local farmers we have left are more like corporations. The government definition of small business seems to be anything. Ninety percent of the local gas stations are owned buy just three guys. They got together and decided to change the local law so you had to pay before you pumped the gas. I don’t mind the gas stations deciding, but I really don’t think they should be able to make the little guy with just one station have to change to meet city code. My grandfather ran and owned a gas station for years and all his kids worked there it is what taught us the work ethic.
So when I go out to eat I’m not surprised to find the food better at the local greasy spoon (depending on who’s cooking). The prices are better in many cases. The ones with bad food go out of business. With a chain store they can serve bad food till the whole economy goes under.
Guess I’m getting old and crotchety…better get my room ready at the MacOldFolksWarehouse.

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#1 posted 02-22-2007 06:07 AM

Yes Dennis and if you want to try them on at “Ye Old Home Depot” you have to take out your pocketknife and cut the package apart. (They don’t appreciate it!!)

What to do?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-22-2007 10:28 AM

Dennis, you refer to yourself as “getting old” and then complain about a lack of light. For the past few years I’ve been using these glasses. They work great and remove the need to wear reading glasses under my safety glasses.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-22-2007 12:12 PM

$27.00 for safety glasses? And I cringe if I spend more than 10 bucks. And I wear tinted lenses because my future’s so brite …
<~~~~ See me over there, lookin cool? I just walked in from the shop, and the brite light makes me squint and thus causing a headache.

I just realized they are +1 maybe I should get a pair

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#4 posted 02-22-2007 02:30 PM

that’s great Don—I was thinking to myself that someone should make such a pair and voila.

... and then the BIG Box stores – that carry everything—only carry the “everything” that will sell lots.

it is scary to think of how few people own everything. 1) they have the power to charge/make/sell whatever they want and 2) our society is becoming a feudal society—the very rich and the working poor. No middle class.

and now my mind is wandering and wondering—our society is also telling us that if you are not one of these very rich people, very successful people, very famous people then you are nothing, you are unsuccessful. What is wrong with doing a day’s work for a day’s pay and going home at night to your family and enjoying the “good life” without the bells and whistles? What is wrong with being “comfortable” and not extravagant? What is wrong with working for a living rather than your money working for you so that you can play? What is wrong with living life, based on pride and honour, rather than on dollars?

oh .. ha.. this was about safety glasses … sorry :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-22-2007 02:46 PM

Hijack coming.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 02-22-2007 03:42 PM

Karson HD had about 4 pair where sombody had cut them open on the shelf below. Luckly I tried on a pair that looked clear to find out they where a light gray colored.
Don those glasses are on my list now. Thanks Everyone!

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#7 posted 02-22-2007 05:08 PM

I feel your pain! Since I wear glasses with safety lenses I don’t need to buy safety glasses, but I do wear a full face sheild. Next time you’re at the big box store look and see the variety you have to chose from there. None! They carry only one, two at the most. I wear the full face shield because it provides more protection and with the adjustable head gear, I don’t have to worry about it falling off when I need it the most.

What really bothers me about these stores is the fact that they will only have two or three registers opened and the lines will be backed up into the aisles. And don’t even think that those self serve registers are going to work if you are buying bolts, nuts or washers that aren’t in the packages.

The lumber selection is minimal and what they have has band marks or you can make a bow out of it because it has bowed so much. I’d love to find a local merchant that could supply all my woodworking needs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 02-22-2007 06:17 PM

I am in the same situation as Os. I too wear glasses, and use a face shield for protection. It does a nice job of blocking out the chips from most any angle and it stays in place. Ok, so it does not get much in style points, but it works.

Yes, the big box stores seem to cater to the home building trade, rather than wood workers. So Dennis, I am not surprised that all you found were tinted glasses.

I guess they are stocking them for Obi…just kidding!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 02-23-2007 07:37 AM

I can’t find a pair I like at the big box, but I just got (on blind faith) a couple pairs of $5 ones They’re great. I’ll order a bunch of these for future use. They aren’t tinted so I can see much better, they stay on very well, (in place, or moved up to my forehead, they don’t slide or fall off) and almost work as good as goggles as far as keeping out sawdust.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 02-25-2007 10:56 PM

LOL but I just got (on blind faith) a couple pairs” of glasses. Don’t know if this was intentional, Scott, but it got me laughing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 02-26-2007 01:30 AM

I have an astigmatism so store bought glasses won’t help me. I buy my glasses with poly-carbonate lenses. That’s what I use.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 02-26-2007 02:28 AM

you’re welcome Don ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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