Frager's Hardware

★★★★★
  • 1115 Pennsylvania Ave SE

    Washington, DC 20003

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  • 202-543-6157

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I love Frager's! One of the best hardware stores I've encountered anywhere. I moved to DC last year and have been able to find everything I could need at Fragers, from propane tanks to to eco pest control products. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and always helpful.

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★★★★★

I love Frager's! One of the best hardware stores I've encountered anywhere. I moved to DC last year and have been able to find everything I could need at Fragers, from propane tanks to to eco pest control products. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and always helpful.

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Fragers is a great institution on the Hill. The idea of the hardware store often replaced by bigger congloms is restored by Fragers. The staff are great - all of them are friendly & willing to help, often spending a lot of one on one time with the customer. I've spent my fair share of time asking them crazy questions and advice.

They offer the typical items on your fix it list but offer you a unique experience that you won't necessarily get from a more corporate store. The guys at the key station even have a stash of candy if you're in the need of a quick fix. Apart from that secret bonus, they offer a wide variety of home good products and branch out into other home important offerings like detergents, kitchen ware etc.

Only drawback: they keep shorter hours on Sundays so make sure you get there by 5:00.

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★★★★★

Fragers is a great institution on the Hill. The idea of the hardware store often replaced by bigger congloms is restored by Fragers. The staff are great - all of them are friendly & willing to help, often spending a lot of one on one time with the customer. I've spent my fair share of time asking them crazy questions and advice.

They offer the typical items on your fix it list but offer you a unique experience that you won't necessarily get from a more corporate store. The guys at the key station even have a stash of candy if you're in the need of a quick fix. Apart from that secret bonus, they offer a wide variety of home good products and branch out into other home important offerings like detergents, kitchen ware etc.

Only drawback: they keep shorter hours on Sundays so make sure you get there by 5:00.

Pros: Great Staff & Ready to help

Cons: Are there any?

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Other reviewer's hit it on the head. It's all an old fashioned hardware store could be. They even have some items that other stores don't have and sometimes have better prices. Today I got a valve for $22....that was after getting quoted $59 at one of the larger plumbing stores, HomeDepot not having them and having another large store laugh at me when I said I could get it for under $30. Parking is sometimes difficult, but a 5 minute wait and a drive around the block will resolve that issue. The staff is very knowledgeable...not the 22 y/o college kid who'd rather be some place else or the 50y/o clerk who makes you feel like a dummy for asking questions. I honestly recommend calling this store before you go to a larger chain. You'll find it convenient, close and well stocked.

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★★★★★

Other reviewer's hit it on the head. It's all an old fashioned hardware store could be. They even have some items that other stores don't have and sometimes have better prices. Today I got a valve for $22....that was after getting quoted $59 at one of the larger plumbing stores, HomeDepot not having them and having another large store laugh at me when I said I could get it for under $30. Parking is sometimes difficult, but a 5 minute wait and a drive around the block will resolve that issue. The staff is very knowledgeable...not the 22 y/o college kid who'd rather be some place else or the 50y/o clerk who makes you feel like a dummy for asking questions. I honestly recommend calling this store before you go to a larger chain. You'll find it convenient, close and well stocked.

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I have lived walking distance from Fragers for the last 7 years, and have shopped there at least 2 times per month since buying my house. Their staff is always knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I have attempted all kinds of home repair and building projects over the years and can count on being able to walk in any time of day and have a friendly, helpful staff person answer my questions and help me think through my project. They go above and beyond in trying to help customers find what they need and get the job done right. The place is tightly packed with stuff from basement to the second floor, but it's well organized and there is always someone available to help. I've been shocked at the variety of things I've been able to find there. For the past 7 years, I've had almost no reason to go to a big box hardware store. The very few times I have gone to Home Depot, I've been shocked at how completely incompetent the staff is and how impossible it is (and time consuming) to find anything I need. Fragers is one of the few stores I know of that can offer the variety of things a big box store offers, but with friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff, the feel of a family-run small store, a great return policy (always take things back with no question) and the ability to have a house account, so I can run all of my errands without even bringing my purse along.

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★★★★★

I have lived walking distance from Fragers for the last 7 years, and have shopped there at least 2 times per month since buying my house. Their staff is always knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I have attempted all kinds of home repair and building projects over the years and can count on being able to walk in any time of day and have a friendly, helpful staff person answer my questions and help me think through my project. They go above and beyond in trying to help customers find what they need and get the job done right. The place is tightly packed with stuff from basement to the second floor, but it's well organized and there is always someone available to help. I've been shocked at the variety of things I've been able to find there. For the past 7 years, I've had almost no reason to go to a big box hardware store. The very few times I have gone to Home Depot, I've been shocked at how completely incompetent the staff is and how impossible it is (and time consuming) to find anything I need. Fragers is one of the few stores I know of that can offer the variety of things a big box store offers, but with friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff, the feel of a family-run small store, a great return policy (always take things back with no question) and the ability to have a house account, so I can run all of my errands without even bringing my purse along.

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Everything that was excellent about the old-fashioned hardware store. It is packed to the gills and can feel claustrophobic, but it is amazing what can be found there. A perfect place for odds-and-ends hunting, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Much more fun than those other, big-box retail guys.

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★★★★☆

Everything that was excellent about the old-fashioned hardware store. It is packed to the gills and can feel claustrophobic, but it is amazing what can be found there. A perfect place for odds-and-ends hunting, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Much more fun than those other, big-box retail guys.

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Knowledgeable, friendly staff, good prices and a large supply. You walk in, explain your problem or show your sample to an employee, and they find all the pieces for you and tell you how to put it together again. When was the last time you had that experience at Home Depot! You can literally walk in and out of there with all your stuff in a few minutes.

With an account you get 10% off which brings your price equal to the big chains. Throw in the time saved and the free education and it's a no-brainer.

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★★★★★

Knowledgeable, friendly staff, good prices and a large supply. You walk in, explain your problem or show your sample to an employee, and they find all the pieces for you and tell you how to put it together again. When was the last time you had that experience at Home Depot! You can literally walk in and out of there with all your stuff in a few minutes.

With an account you get 10% off which brings your price equal to the big chains. Throw in the time saved and the free education and it's a no-brainer.

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I had problem in my house roof and I bought lots of stuff like wood,nails,tools from this store.They are very cheap and staff is very helpful.Their return policies are not good.

PROS: cheap
CONS: return policies are not good

3
★★★☆☆

I had problem in my house roof and I bought lots of stuff like wood,nails,tools from this store.They are very cheap and staff is very helpful.Their return policies are not good.

PROS: cheap
CONS: return policies are not good

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I enjoy going to Frager's. Their prices are fairly reasonable, though they have fewer sales that huge hardware chain stores. Aisles are appropriately narrow, floors are hardwood, at closing time, someone with a friendly voice alerts you of the time and welcomes you back tomorrow. Their selection is surprisingly large. They are a full-service hardware business with equipment rental, garden plants, paint dept, etc.

PROS: Selection, friendliness
CONS: They forgot to mix my paint once

5
★★★★★

I enjoy going to Frager's. Their prices are fairly reasonable, though they have fewer sales that huge hardware chain stores. Aisles are appropriately narrow, floors are hardwood, at closing time, someone with a friendly voice alerts you of the time and welcomes you back tomorrow. Their selection is surprisingly large. They are a full-service hardware business with equipment rental, garden plants, paint dept, etc.

PROS: Selection, friendliness
CONS: They forgot to mix my paint once

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