Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My local hardware store did this without any problem last year. I have more tomatoes this year and needed a few more stakes. I went back to the same place and they told me they couldn't do it. They said that the saw was too powerful and it could snap the board or it could be a safety issue to them. I tried to explain that their store did it for me last year on multiple boards and I knew it was possible. Again they told me they couldn't do it and again I told them they had done so previously. We went around in this circle about two more times. I was polite but at the same time wasn't budging either, I needed those stakes.
Finally one employee begrudgingly decided he would try to help. When going through the saw the boards did make a snapping sound but nothing happened, and they were able to cut them. The employee however did shake his head in disapproval the whole time and I knew he was thinking this woman is crazy and I shouldn't be doing this. I felt sheepish and guilty while he was doing so. I thanked him when he handed me all my stakes and left quickly. I felt a bit bad that I didn't just leave when they told me it wasn't possible but how else was I going to get my super long stakes?
Luckily in the end it all worked out and now my tomatoes are properly supported. However I don't know what I will do next year if I end up needing more stakes.