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June 2009

Best Buy Installation Tool’s

First it was Home Depot carrying low voltage parts & tools, over the last few years it has really grown. Today i saw CCTV cameras there. And now.. we have Best Buy pushing installation tools.

Best Buy Tools

Best Buy Worried About Walmart

I read an article 3 or maybe 4 years ago now the predicted the fall of Circuit City. It was right around the time that Walmart began to push heavily towards CE product sales. Cameras, Computers & Flat Screen TV’s. I wish i would have saved the article, it explained how Walmart would chip away at Circuit City’s #2 role in the big box store arena. What the article did not mention is how online sales would play a role. Between online sales and Walmart there was no room left for Circuit City and they eventually folded.

Best Buy is next. Whenever companies name names in commercials its because they are getting worried and maybe even a little desperate. I wish i had time to experiment. I would love to find a TV at Walmart and try to get Best Buy to price match it. They probably don’t carry the same models making this video sillier than it already is. I guess Best Buy has to deal with tire kickers also :).

Tool Bags – CLC 1589

CLC 1589 43 Pocket – 18” Double Closed Compartments Tool Carrier.

I spotted this at home depot today for $49.99, forgive me for the blurry iPhone pics :). CLC is getting much closer to the Veto Pro Pac XL with this one.

One side is outfitted with pockets for tools and the other side is left open for your drill or test gear. The Veto Pro Pac XL has tool pockets on both sides. To be honest i like CLC’s design better. I don’t use the tool pockets on one side of my XL, eliminating the pockets would give me more room space. The larger Veto Pro Pac XXL has tool pockets on one side and the other area is empty just like the CLC 1589.

The outside of the bag has a nice selection of pockets & holders. I normally don’t use any outer pockets that are held closed with buttons or velcro because things tend to get crushed or fall out. The metal handle seems secure but its hollow and seems like it could bend. The rubber grip is a perfect fit and very comfortable. It also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. The bottom of the bag is nylon and has rubber feet attached to it. This makes it finish floor friendly but i would advise against using it outside when the ground is damp because water will soak into it.

Overall i think this is a great tool bag and for $49.99 you can’t go wrong. I wish i would have purchased this instead of the CLC 1539 to use as a drill bag.

Case Of The Missing Speaker

MIA Speaker
The cut out WAS round at one point

I used “EL RotoZip” to cutout for this puppy a couple of weeks ago. The ceiling was plaster on wood lathe. I installed a Sonance In-ceiling speaker. Today i show up and the speaker is gone, the opening is now drywall and NOT round. What the heck happened? Does this house have some speaker stealing vortex that zaps Sonance In-Ceiling speakers into another dimension? My mind was racing a hundred miles an hour trying to grasp what was going on.

Ok.. not really.. I knew some slack jaw pulled it to do something so i started looking around in cabinets and closets and eventually found it :). Fun story though huh?

Tool Bag Evolution

I spent today organizing my gear and i decided to put together an article about my tool bags & boxes. Its interesting to see how my wants & needs were shaped based on what was available. If you rewind back 10 years to the BucketBoss and compare it to the Veto Pro Pac i use today you will see that my needs have always been the same. I wanted something that would hold each tool upright so that i could access them quickly and keep them organized. Both products (and some of the others in between) were able to do it but only the Veto Pro Pac is able to do it right.

The slide show is below, each photo has a description included. I had most of them here at home, some in the garage and some in the basement. The surprising thing was the amount of tools i found in each one. I probably have enough tools here to outfit 2 more CI’s :).

Vendor Client Relationship

Props to AVZONE & briremo over at integrationpros.com for making me aware of this video. I have been using restaurants in analogies for years when talking about CI work.

On the flip side… next time a CI tells a client that they wont have the project completed on time… imagine a youtube video about a waiter coming out an hour after you ordered and saying “sorry, it will be a little while longer”. And the next time you don’t deliver as promised imagine the follow up video of a waiter serving you a burger even though you ordered steak.

I guess it all boils down to beer budget & champagne taste or plain ol’ tryin to git sumthin for nuthin :).

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