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Postby JR8 » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:13 am

I liked Handyman at Scotts, but damned it is not cheap.

Still the guy either stocks everything you need or you can be sure he knows how to get it. You know, one of those guys with the gleam in his eye.

While I bought white wall filler, he gave me the low down on the importation of catapults.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:30 am

I've been using Handyman for almost 30 years! Love that place but as you mentioned, it comes at a price. But, if you want it and he doesn't have it, he'll get for you and get another for his shop! Did exactly that with a proper pair of long handled fencing pliers for my 20 years ago!

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:47 am

quite. Like I was raving about that soup place the other day, Handyman is similarly cool, just the soup place isn't 3* a normal price hehe..

Newayz, if Handyman can't fix you up... I reckon you're a bit stuffed really. The proprietor has that subtle smiling glow of being able to 'do anything'...


Plus he speaks English.

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Re: Changi Road Hardware Stores

Postby ozchick » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:58 pm

Claire F wrote:On advice from this forum I went in search of Homely Hardware on Changi Road today. Unfortunately I couldn't find it and found Thye Seng Hardware Enterprises Pte Ltd instead - DO NOT GO THERE. They were so rude, they told me to leave my baby outside and basically refused to serve me. I left in tears.
Luckily I went across the road to Hong Gee Hardware and the service was your usual friendly Singapore service.

Singapore doesn't seem to have the big mega style hardware stores like overseas but there are various hardware stores on Changi Road that cover plumbing, painting, general hardware and construction. The closest MRT is Kembangan and the best hardware shops seem to be on the side of the road closest to the MRT.

Tell them to shove thier hardware where it fits! How awful that tis happened to you. In my 3 years in Sg never saw that sort of thing.
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Postby ozchick » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:05 pm

jpatokal wrote:Where in Singapore can I find a half-decent hardware store? Even a "Homefix DIY" type of place somewhere around Orchard would be a good start (their homepage hasn't been updated for 6 years and is useless...), but one of those big box Ace's Hardware types would be even better.


This is an issue for sure in Sg. Yeah back in Oz we got bigger than Ben Hur 'Bunnings' stores and othe countries too have almost as good :wink:
But if you're in Holland Village at all there's a great little shop on the 2nd floor Varieware, it's tiny and doesn't sell electrical equipment as such but lots of other stuff from nuts and bolts n' nails, screws, hooks, drill-bits, though maybe not paint etc. The people who run that place are great and as helpful as can be. Yeah can't find any decent heardware shops here either, unless I organise a damned day-trip!
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Postby JR8 » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:45 pm

Close to Orchard there is a hardware store (I forget the name but it is part of a chain) in Velocity Mall at Novena.

There is another branch in Centrepoint on Orchard Road

There's 'Handyman' which is in the building/mall connected to 1 Scotts Road (walk in at the ground floor to Isetan, and look for the sign hanging from the ceiling just after the entrance in the cosmetics area with an arrow pointing rightwards).

There is a pretty big one in the Harbourfront Mall.

There are a few towards the middle of the north/top section of Balestier Road. I would refer to them as more 'trade suppliers' than pitched at DIYers, but that is a positive if you know what you need. There are also a huge range of electrical shops here where I could source some lightbulbs that were apparently unavailable anywhere else! (These were the items I subsequently saw in Handyman at 3* the price)

There is a small DIY store in Toa Payoh Mall.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:10 am

That, or take a ride out to Ubi Avenues 1 & 2 and you will have two street loaded with hardware and materials suppliers.

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Postby revhappy » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 3:50 pm

Whenever we go to Mustafa, I make it a point to go to the topmost floor which has all the hardware and DIY stuff and even if I dont need to buy anything I just like to look at the stuff there. Along with that they also have the section for Automobile accessories there like engine oil and stuff, unfortunately not much of choice. But nevertheless I always go there and my wife hates it. Just like how she likes to the jewelery section and I hate it :x

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Postby ozchick » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 7:05 pm

revhappy wrote: Along with that they also have the section for Automobile accessories there like engine oil and stuff.....


Damn! All that time in Sg and I missed out on the engine oil and stuff there! :wink:
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Postby Wind In My Hair » Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:22 am

JR8 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Wind In My Hair wrote:What is it with men and hardware? I can find everything I need in my dad's portable toolbox. Never needed anything more.

I suppose it's like women and handbags? Need one for every different occasion and can never have enough. :lol:


Your Dad's a man right? :wink:



Sorry I realise that it is a rather fossilised joke now, but I am totally PMSL :lol:


You calling SMS a fossil?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:36 am

Wind In My Hair wrote:
JR8 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Wind In My Hair wrote:What is it with men and hardware? I can find everything I need in my dad's portable toolbox. Never needed anything more.

I suppose it's like women and handbags? Need one for every different occasion and can never have enough. :lol:


Your Dad's a man right? :wink:



Sorry I realise that it is a rather fossilised joke now, but I am totally PMSL :lol:


You calling SMS a fossil?


Talk about creative quoting! :o But then again, maybe not all bad either. The comparison has been made before with petrified wood! :devil:

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Postby ev-disinfection » Mon, 17 Jan 2011 3:31 pm

Agree with the Holland village shopping center - 2nd floor shop
shaw towers shope, Home fix branches and homely.

I used to work as a boarding officer with a ship supply company in Singapore, and below is a list of shops that i would recommend.

Chee Fatt - www.cheefatt.com.sg --- Stanley tools, Rigid.... and many more

Marvid international - www.marvid.com.sg --- Pelican Brand (USA) Torches and military / professional carry cases

Buildmate - http://www.buildmate.com.sg/products

PDS International - www.safety.com.sg/pds - Personal protection stuff - Gloves too

Durasafe - www.durasafe.com.sg -- Great online website catalog --- 61 Kaki Bukit Avenue 1 #02-08 SHUN LI INDUSTRIAL PARK, Singapore, 417943 TEL: 68412224 -- Personal protection stuff

BH Global - www.bhglobal.com.sg - Cables / wire

Go to www.thegreenbook.com to look for stuff by brand name, product,
my advise is to get their free copy - Now this is for everything else -- products / services.

For American hardware (Grainger) - http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/static ... eller.html -- They have a distributor here.

And if you still cannot find what you want, tell me what you are looking for ... and it will be found, by hook or by crook. :D

Hope this helps... My 33 1/2 cents worth

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Postby blimeylime » Wed, 16 Mar 2011 8:57 pm

Does anyone know if any of the mentioned hardware stores stock large 4x8' sheets of 1/4 inch-plywood? I've basically scoured most of the art stores and hardware-lite stores around me, but I can't find any...the employees just seem at a loss, as if no one on this island buys wood for projects. I need them to make flats for my set, along with 1"x3" thick beams...if anyone has any suggestions where I might find them, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

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Postby ev-disinfection » Thu, 17 Mar 2011 7:38 am

blimeylime wrote:Does anyone know if any of the mentioned hardware stores stock large 4x8' sheets of 1/4 inch-plywood? I've basically scoured most of the art stores and hardware-lite stores around me, but I can't find any...the employees just seem at a loss, as if no one on this island buys wood for projects. I need them to make flats for my set, along with 1"x3" thick beams...if anyone has any suggestions where I might find them, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!


Hi Blimeylime,
In Singapore, the companieswho stock them are called Timber Merchants,
Google singapore timber merchants, there are a few all over the Island...
They also sell cement, sand..... etc and they deliver too....
Note that these timber merchants are very traditional families, so English might not be in their repertoire.

Let me know if you need more assistance, and post back here, to tell all how it went.
Cheers

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 17 Mar 2011 8:47 am

Kranji area is full of Timber Merchants.


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