Future of “DIY” shops.

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by quasar9, May 10, 2021.

  1. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    I used to work in one! 1986!
  2. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Hi @DIYDave. Being as vague as possible where is the Crown paint center near you? I am also in Essex.
  3. Adamfya

    Adamfya Active Member

    Not really... much the same in my eyes. And it was for 2 days labour as quoted...and it did get stupid, by quoting about people going on holidays etc.

    If your not so worried about getting ripped off, i asume you always pay top dollar at the deerest places??

    Its kinda irrellevant how much materials are now, or in the future. The trades will just pass the cost on to the consumer...

    Isnt that how life works??
  4. MozzyMarr

    MozzyMarr Member

    I have been thinking about this is a lot lately, I really miss my old local B&Q as it was just a 3 minute drive away and while expensive it was always brilliant for that emergency bit of wood. I am a DIYer doing up a house so been using hardware shops a lot lately. My main suppliers are Screwfix, a local DIY store, Toolstation, Selco,B&Q and a local timber merchant. I find the timber merchant great as they will cut anything to size, B&Q is also good as they tend to sell smaller lengths of timber I can get into my supermini if I can find anything that is not twisted or warped :D.

    My local DIY is more of a homewares shop but sells allsorts of handtools and large boxes of screws etc. Cheaper than the big stores such as Screwfix but I do avoid some of their cheapest tools as they are just rubbish, far worse than the cheap tools that Screwfix sell. This shop is always very busy and it is great to able to buy some a tube of caulk and an HDMI cable for internet prices but as a pure DIY shop it is a bit too cheap for me. I wouldn't for example buy unbranded drill bits.

    I think their will always be a place for local DIY shops, but I hate the trade counter type places that don't publish price lists. I know my timber merchant is always cheaper than the sheds so I just pay what ever but there is also a trade paint shop near me. They just seem to make the quote up as they go along, sometimes a tin of paint can be cheaper than SF sometimes 30% more so I never bother going in now unless I need something really specialist. The great thing about Screwfix and TS etc compared to small DIY shops is I know exactly what is in stock and how much it will cost before I make the trip.
  5. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    ‘hand of friendship’ !!!!

    Yeah right ???

    You can’t wait to jump on many of my posts, make peculiar assumptions about me and my trade and generally try to ridicule

    I’m all up for banter, I really am, but many of the accusations you’ve made about me aren’t the usual type of banter or having a laugh

    Maybe this time you were simply offering advice regarding paint quantities but, thanks, I’m a big boy now and made the decision that 2.5lt just wouldn’t be enough - plus the economies of scale

    As for drinking the stuff, can’t see that happening myself but it is pleasant to paint with at least
  6. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    You seem to be very 'touchy' tonight Dave, bad day I guess!
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  7. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    The only one then!
  8. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Being as vague as possible -

    Come off my drive
    Turn left
    Turn right at the lights
    Left at next set / take RH filter lane
    Turn right
    Down there on the left

    Does that help :)

    Have a look on the Crown website, must have a postcode store checker

    But seriously, don’t like giving any more location details - there’s nutters both out there and on this very forum mate

    I’m sure you understand Spanner :)
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  9. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Nope, good day actually
    No problems, all very pleasant, reasonable journey, staff all present and correct and in good form

    I should be up for a ‘touch’ tonight I recon so a great ending to a great day ;) (just need to get off this forum) !

    Hope yours was also fine and dandy or at least, ok, if not spectacular :)
  10. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Just use Dave's directions in reverse and it will take you direct to his door!
  11. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    I didn't say i wasn't worried about being ripped off, don't be so argumentatively obtuse, I try to pay what something is worth, sometimes I get stung, sometimes I get a deal, that is indeed how life works. I do believe material costs are relevant, being as if something doubles or even triples in price and a large quantity is required then the homeowner will either find it cost prohibitive and delay or cancel the job, or put themselves into debt to pay for the work. I'm not talking about hanging a door or skimming a ceiling, but extensions, conversions, renovations etc. Likewise, when trades quotes start increasing in price at a rate of knots, they aren't going to be winning as many jobs are they?
  12. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Thank you Dave I have had a lovely day in the garden tending the veg, flowers etc and painting a garden seat.
  13. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    I remember you....1986....16 year old zit faced manager of the paint mixing machine.
  14. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Ha ha yeah right ......

    Did I really give the correct route or maybe, just maybe I was having a joke ! ?

    I do actually have a sense of humour from time to time ,,,,,, just sometimes
  15. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    You have about 4 minutes left to delete the route :D
  16. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    Too late, there's already a taxi en route to his house from "Bornmouth".......... :eek:
  17. Adamfya

    Adamfya Active Member

    No for sure, i think times are going to get a bit tougher yet, make hay whilst the sun shines!!
    To be fair most building and or trades seem to be capitalising right now on the general publics lack or holiday and movements etc.
  18. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    What time you coming over for breakfast then ?

    I’ve got cows milk, soy and nut milk also
    Let me know about any dietary requirements you may have
  19. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Been using the cholesterol lowering drink with my porridge rather than any milk, soya or nut products thanks, is that a possibility as I would need to know before I set off?
  20. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Good job there’s around 6 crown stores in Essex (it’s a large county) and funnily enough, directions I posted were just random for Spanner - again, my occasional sense of humour playing up :)

    Wouldn't want to attract the nutter troll in his taxi, hell no

    Unless it was ‘Fake Taxi’, that would be interesting and get the neighbours talking !

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