As most of you know, we got hacked. Over 1000 bogus accounts were created and thousands of SPAM posts created. While not "cured" we are close. That means the SPAM has been deleted and most bogus accounts have either been banned or deleted. I say most because there are still some out there that will be dealt with when a bogus post is made.

Security measures have been added but some bogus accounts were still being created. For now, the ability to create new accounts has been turned off. If you want an account, send an email message to and include the following information:

  • email address
  • preferred login name
  • temporary password (you will need to change it when you log in)

We will set up your account and email you the information. Once you log in, besides changing your password, we encourage you to fill in your profile information.

Sorry for the inconvenience but that seems to be the way the world works right now.

Interesting Hardware Stores

Interesting Hardware Stores

Probably everyone knows El Globo on 7th Avenue and there are certainly lots of other smaller hardware stores but most have the same things. That's normal as they are the things most often bought but it seems I always want the abnormal.

This morning I was walking up 4th Avenue from Calle 18 and discovered a collection of interesting hardware stores. The one in the photo was the most interesting but there are others, all between Calle 16 and 14.

This particular one had lots of less common items. Here are a few examples:

  • Hard-crank grinding wheels
  • Hinges, drawer pulls and such
  • Pipe wrenches from miniscule to huge

If you are looking for "something different in hardware" this area seems to be a good place to look.