You could say I have a love/hate relationship with Home Depot. Sure, they have everything you need for home repair under one huge roof. Then again, sometimes you don’t want “everything”–sometimes you just want one quart of Behr paint and a cord switch. In this case, you imagine you’ll run in, grab what you need, and glide through the self-checkout line.
But this is just a fantasy of the uninitated. There will be no one-item grabbing in the warehouse of excess; dream on about a self-checkout line when there’s raw lumber involved. As for that simple little quart of Behr paint? That will involve agonizing comparisons between thirty shades of greenish/blues, long lines, and a harried solo paint-clerk. Just when you think you’re done, you’ll be called back to the paint counter over the store intercom system and told that the paint you selected can’t be mixed in such a small amount. When this happens, there will be frustraiton and confusion. You might even end up selecting a Disney color and not caring.
There comes a point in every DIY life when you just want to go home. Spending time at the Depot makes your unfinished tile floor, half-painted kitchen, and jerry-rigged electrical system seem just fine. You’ve lived with it this long, what’s another couple months?