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Postby tangerinehalo » Thu, 01 Jan 2009 6:08 pm

Finding a good, well-stocked, hardware/DIY outlet is proving a little frustrating. Stuff that could ordinarily be found on the supermarket shelves at home is hard to come by and usually involves buying something in small unbranded quantities in an old beer bottle, ie. turpentine, methylated spirits, sugar soap, etc. That is..... unless I've been going about this entirely the wrong way.

At the moment I'm just after two pieces of plywood. It's not a fancy or major request, and would, at home, cost me maybe $12-15. But I can't seem to find an outlet or a means for less than $50, that doesn't involve trekking to an industrial estate on the other side of the island, or having to buy a minimum of 45 square metres. :shock:

Any suggestions? I'm on the East Coast.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 01 Jan 2009 6:31 pm

First suggestion is don't forget that you are not at home. This is an overseas assignment. If it was easy they could pay you a lot less money. :wink:

There are plenty of timber merchants aroud the island. Yes it will cost you for delivery. Or, rent a old truck from someplace like [url=http://www.sianghock.com.sg/Siang Hock Motors[/url] for around $35 or so and make a day of it.

As you are already on the east coast go down to Ubi Ave's 1 & 2. You can find almost anything you need between these two avenues. There are also plenty of timber merchants around but DIY is not real popular on this island as not too many people keep a plethora of power tools in their HDB flats. Belt sanders, Routers, table saws make a wee bit too much noise for the neighbours. If DIY is your hobby like it was mine (till I bought my flat) you will still be be able to do it but it isn't as easy as there aren't any big box stores here. I had to sell a fully equipped 18x22' workshop full of power tools as I had no place to keep or use them.

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Postby tangerinehalo » Thu, 01 Jan 2009 8:51 pm

Yes, I know I'm not at home, I've actually been here 6 years now, lah! In addition, I've lived in Hong Kong and have a Chinese wife and a Eurasian daughter, so I'm fairly well versed in, and highly adaptable to, the ways of not being at home. I made the "at home" reference to draw the comparison so as to ask for what the local equivalent is, wondering if there was anything better than what I have been able to come up with on myself.

Having said that, you can probably tell that after all this time my query was not that of a hobbyist, just someone trying to improvise to meet a specific need that nothing off the shelf from Ikea or elsewhere can meet; thus the two pieces of plywood. For something so simple I was actually trying to save time and money and avoid the "making a day of it" scenario and go for the "get in, get it, get out fast" style of purchase. (And no, tempting as it may be, I'm not going to say "like at home").

Ube Avenues 1 & 2 sounds like it may just be near enough to that speed but not quite near enough to home. I've just checked out the map and it's a tad out of the way, so I'll scope it online and make a few calls before I venture over there in a cab and hit the pavement.... just to avoid any possible disappointment.

I know the DIY scene is not a big one here in Sing, and while space may be the reason for this in part, I also think that it's because it would probably put a great many handymen out of work!

Thanks for your help, sms. :D

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 01 Jan 2009 11:15 pm

tangerinehalo wrote:
I know the DIY scene is not a big one here in Sing, and while space may be the reason for this in part, I also think that it's because it would probably put a great many handymen out of work!

Thanks for your help, sms. :D


That too! :wink:


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