"We don't do trapezoids"

Before this year, I (Geek #2) had been inside Home Depot for a total of maybe a dozen times, mostly for CAT-5 cables. Now it seems I'm there a dozen times a week. And I don't even mind. It's crazy that it's now one of my favorite stores.

So I was in looking for a hose nozzle and was approached by an enthusiastic sales rep who told me they were offering free in-home evaluations and asked if I had any problems with roofing, siding, or windows.

Me: Windows?

HD: Why, yes.

Me: Do you do clerestory windows?

HD: Of course.

Me: Screens, too?

HD: Of course.

Me: Come on over!

A few days later a very kind man came to visit, with a thick catalog under his arm. I showed him in, pointed up and started explaining the problem: we have three clerestories that need screens, they used to open but now they don't, they...

HD: We don't do trapezoids.

He texted the warehouse to confirm.

HD: We can do rectangles or triangles, though.

Sigh. We've been on this quest for weeks. We're learning that with an old house, nothing is simple. However, thanks to Expert Dave we finally have the correct terminology: they're called hopper windows. Ours hopped away with the previous owners.

Last built: Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

By Betsy Kimak, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM. You should never argue with a crazy man.