While rick may seem weird at first what really intelligent person does not. Rick is a nice and intelligent fellow who really knows his stuff. While I did not know if we would get along at first, now I look forward to going. I love picking someone's brain who doesn't mind. All you get is knowledge. If you are looking for someone who knows there stuff ricks the guy.
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I have been buying from him for years, I got out of the hobby for a few years, but have always stopped in to say hi. Once you get to know him, he is a great guy. Always has some cool new project with the latest tech going on. Even if you dont agree with him, or feel there is a different way to do something, I guarantee that if you follow his advice, you WILL succeed.
So Rick's is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. I could not find store hours prior to driving over on Thursday. I hopped out and the infamous dog was at the door barking so I knocked. From the negative reviews, I expected noone to answer or to be extremely rude. NOPE!!! Rick opened, I held up a part I wanted to get replaced, and before I could speak I was invited inside. I needed a bulkhead fitting that I had not been able to find even online, but Rick had it. I also had a RO filter that had been sitting empty in a closet for 8 months. So Rick tested it for me. He had an answer to every question I had (I had a lot). He talked a little over my head, but dumbed it down once I let him know I was confused. After about 30 mins of testing. He said I was good (could be better) and sent me on my way. He did pressure me to buy anything. All this on a day that he was closed.Pros: An abundance of knowledge and experience. Rick truly wants his customers to understand what they are doing.Cons: I think his prices are little high, but they are comparable to the other shops on that side of town. Rick is a little of a smart @$$. He's not overly rude, but he just doesn't have the best tact. If you want pleasentries over valuble information and an actual understanding of what you are doing then Rick's may not be for you.