In my gas station video I mentioned that Americans love do it yourself I think the best example to show you how enthusiastic they are is through home improvement store so I take you to Lowe’s and there is another similar store Home Depot they are the two oligopolies in this business the products they carry are in the same catogories Let’s take a look what home improvement is If I have to translate “home improvement” into Chinese I will use the word”装修” which meaning close to remodeling or finishing Home improvement has broader meaning than”装修” even adding another storey of house will also consider as home improvement I shot this video at Lowe’s Lowe’s has a slogan “never stop improving” let’s take a look what they carry and how they are going to use them the first time I step into Lowe’s It was admiring How could this kind of retailing stores exist on our planet? Business to Customer will carry these kind of stuff and people really buy them This aisle we are walking through is insolation product there are insulating blanket on the left ladders on the right Lowe’s had never expand their business to China But, Home Depot once had branch in China Its Chinese name was 家得宝 they lasted for about 2 years then shut down completly backed off Chinese market Chinese consumers don’t have the demand of home improvement at least, our house is way much smaller than American’s and it saved a lot of work on the other hand the labor in China is cheap if we have problem with plumbing, electricity we can afford to call the guy I always curious: Does American love DIY or they don’t have choice but to do it yourself Most American families live in single house it’s larger and come with yard from the indoor work to yard work most people will choose to DIY some keen enthusiasts even built their house from scatch The lumbers you see right now are used for building houses treated lumber, wouldn’t rotten this big machine is used for cut the lumber If you bought a big piece of lumber, they can help you cut it large polywood look at the shopping cart designed for large lumber There are not much tall residential buildings in North America beside the foundation and main frame which are made of concrete the walls and the others are all built of wood so the houses are not sould proof well,too those are rebars those bags are cement on the right, are the materials used to build decks these are tools air compressor saws drills these are grinders maybe they use them to sharpen something there are a lot of things I don’t know how to use only you can’t think of, nothing they don’t carry levels difference sized wrenches screw drivers accessories tool bags knee pads this wall has socket wrenches ah, we finally see something normal people would buy lighting equipement these purchases are understandable paints for interior to exterior on plasctic, wood they carry products more than you can think of At first, I thought they only do home improvement when they need to fix something in the house then I realized they also improving when there’s nothing going on like paint or do landscape Here is bathroom supplies sinks, faucets cabinets, mirrors tiles everything in the bathroom, they carry it this shelf is for the bathroom faucets shower heads,etc you can install by yourself once you bought it home Everyone had heard that the labor is expensive I will show you how expensive it is one KOHLER toilet is priced for $239 If you want the installation service they charge you $125 for install a toilet so we installed our toilet by ourselves sinks, shower room these are carpets American loves carpet I will do an episode about the carpet later home appliances refrigerators you can tell the fridges are big I think it’s the result of big house and spread-out urban planing so they need big fridge to store more food because they only able to shop grocery once a week stoves washers and dryers they use a MACHINE to dry their laundary you can tell how wasty American is they even use a machine to dry their laundary Do you only have one cloth? So you can not wait for it to line dry? America home appliance industry started early Native brands developed well and they are very compatible on the market It’s very difficult for foreign brand come into American market I can see Samsung and LG those are Korean companies and some German brand like Bosch Chinese brand, like Haier, couldn’t compete in this market but focus on low end market kitchen supplies cabinets, counter tops and dish washers you can custom order cabinet here the next department I will show you is also very American Garden center for the yard If I have to translate into Chinese, I think “苗圃”（nursery）is the closest word trees and pots flowers and vegetable plants, seeds I took this footage in the spring Spring is the busiest season People shops for the flowers for the yard for decoration they even have water fountians beside retailing They also offer a great kids activity you can get a set of pre-cut wood then you nail them together put on the stickers home depot offers a similar program you got to paint the project you can bring the toy home after you done completely free! see, we made a recycle truck Then I will show you the outdoor section very American, BBQ Everyhouse in my neighborhood has this beside my house They BBQ during the weekend this is a tiller, which is used to loose the soil the ones next to the tiller, are lawn mowers I’m interested, had anyone researched on this question How much time and energy does an average American family spend on lawn maintenance in a year? 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