The Intercom

Bit the bullet and bought an intercom the other day.  Could not find the one that I wanted – no one seems to sell them anymore.  All I wanted was an intercom that worked through the mains – ie if both units were plugged into the same circuit, the signal went through the mains itself.  Gave up looking after general stores and specialist electronics shops couldn’t provide what I wanted.

Ended up getting this unit that needs me to run a cable from the house to the shed.  It was originally about $130, but was being sold for $50.  As you can see, it even has a colour TV camera – not that I want that, but it seems you can hardly buy an intercom these days without one.

Been lamenting the old days this morning – not sure why.  Perhaps it was remembering a time BC (before computers), or rather BTI (before the internet). Don’t think the world has improved with technology.  Sometimes I wonder if the Amish haven’t actually gotten it right.  Get back to horse and carriage, barn raising, and real woodworking.  Does that mean I’m going to give up on my powertools?  Not likely!  I’m as addicted to their convenience, as I am to mobile phones with GPS, high speed internet, and iPods.  Modern society is sick indeed.

Hmm – think that’s enough social commentary for one day!

Tool Sales, New Books and Staff Training

I was wandering around Bunnings earlier today, trying to find an intercom for the shed (preferably one that was a mains wire type (one that transmits through the house’s power line)).  Apparently they no longer sell them (but I could choose from a selection of those fake CCTV cameras for as much as a cheap real one).  Nor does Dick Smith, or apparently Jaycar.  I feel like asking if anyone has noticed that noone is stocking them anymore!  I did check the Jaycar site, and they are listed there, so either the site is wrong, or the sales staff were.

Back to the point – there is currently a large collection of sales items in Bunnings at the moment – lots and lots of very cheap GMC, and some Triton as they are ditching the product lines.  You can get a GMC framing nailer for about $125, Triton 1400W routers for $99 (for a $280 odd priced router, this is a bloody good price!!), drop saws, jig saws, mitre saw stands, air compressors etc etc.  There are definitely some bargains to be had, and I’d hesitate to say, this is a one-off event!  If you were contemplating an air compressor, or a router, now is most definitely the time to consider accidentally deliberately dropping the piggy bank.  Of course if you like premium tools, then you tend not to shop at Bunnings for tools anyway, but we all started somewhere.

I also dropped into Carbatec for a quick peak, and noticed that they have dramatically increased their range of books – some really interesting titles in there, on subjects including Pen Turning, Box Making, Tablesaws etc etc.  I didn’t have time to look too closely, but I suspect some of them will definitely find their way onto my bookshelf!

Finally, while leaving, I noted that they were having an after-hours staff training session, and apparently this is a weekly event.  Must say, that really impressed me – the fact that they are taking the time for the front-line staff to get to actually know the products that are on offer, rather than what seems to be the norm in many places.  Wonder if they’ve ever considered having an after-hours session like that once a week open to the public.  I’d certainly make dropping in to attend part of my weekly heading home routine!

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