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Where to buy timber?



 
 
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Old June 14th 11, 06:30 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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What's the general opinion on what sort of supplier to use for timber? I'm
not after anything fancy: I plan to line my garage with battening, insulate
between the battens and cover with sheeting, but should I be looking at
"proper" timber yards, builders' suppliers like Jewson and Travis Perkins,
the big DIY stores, or what? In the past I've had good and bad wood from a
multitude of sources: at least in Wickes, say, I could select the wood
myself and reject anything that's twisted. Is there a particular type or
grade of timber I should use?

I'm in SE Kent (nearest town, Hythe). Can anyone recommend a good source
for my area? Or even wider afield if the quality could be guaranteed.

Many thanks.

Bert

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Old June 14th 11, 06:42 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Bert Coules wrote:
What's the general opinion on what sort of supplier to use for timber?
I'm not after anything fancy: I plan to line my garage with battening,
insulate between the battens and cover with sheeting, but should I be
looking at "proper" timber yards, builders' suppliers like Jewson and
Travis Perkins, the big DIY stores, or what? In the past I've had good
and bad wood from a multitude of sources: at least in Wickes, say, I
could select the wood myself and reject anything that's twisted. Is
there a particular type or grade of timber I should use?

I'm in SE Kent (nearest town, Hythe). Can anyone recommend a good source
for my area? Or even wider afield if the quality could be guaranteed.

Many thanks.

Bert

I would go to a builders merchant that carries significant stocks of
timber. Some specialise in other areas and only have minimal timber.
Don't be afraid to ask for a discount or 'best price'

I suggest regularised sawn carcassing for your battens. This way they
will all be the same size and have rounded corners and a nearly smoothed
finish which better to handle. Consider pressure treated timber if it is
likely to get damp.
You might get away with shuttering ply which is about the ceapest. If
you ue 22mm then this will be strong enough for modest shelving an
cupboards without necessarily having to pick up on your studs every time.
Splash cheap white emulsion on all over and this will improve the
effectiveness of your lighting.

Bob
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Old June 14th 11, 07:12 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Bob Minchin wrote:

I suggest regularised sawn carcassing for your battens.


Bob, that's very useful (as is the rest of the advice). Many thanks.

Bert

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On Jun 14, 6:12*pm, "Bert Coules" wrote:
Bob Minchin wrote:
I suggest regularised sawn carcassing for your battens.


Bob, that's very useful (as is the rest of the advice). *Many thanks.

Bert


shuttering ply has a very rough finish, and will need PBing


NT
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On Jun 14, 7:23*pm, Tabby wrote:
On Jun 14, 6:12*pm, "Bert Coules" wrote:

Bob Minchin wrote:
I suggest regularised sawn carcassing for your battens.


Bob, that's very useful (as is the rest of the advice). *Many thanks.


Bert


shuttering ply has a very rough finish, and will need PBing

NT


For battens you can buy substandard junk from a junk yard or reclaim
yard. Finish doesnt matter, nor does mild to moderate damage, or
variation in width if you're not using hard insulation boards.


NT
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Tabby wrote:

shuttering ply has a very rough finish, and will need PBing


Sorry, "PBing"? Surely not plasterboarding?

Thanks for the reply.

Bert


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On Jun 14, 7:28*pm, "Bert Coules" wrote:
Tabby wrote:
shuttering ply has a very rough finish, and will need PBing


Sorry, "PBing"? *Surely not plasterboarding? *

Thanks for the reply.

Bert


For habitable use it would need PB for finish and fire safety - for a
garage of course it can be omitted.


NT
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On Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:28:20 +0100, Bert Coules wrote:

Tabby wrote:

shuttering ply has a very rough finish, and will need PBing


Sorry, "PBing"? Surely not plasterboarding?


peanutbuttering. :-)
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Old June 14th 11, 10:52 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Tabby wrote:

For battens you can buy substandard junk from a junk yard or reclaim
yard.


I'm all for economy, and thanks for the suggestion, but I would prefer to
work with decent quality wood and I will need to keep fairly careful track
of the exact positions of the battens, so anything too wayward would be
awkward. Also, junk and reclamation yards aren't too thick on the ground
where I am, so the costs of delivery might well outweigh any savings. I'll
see what's around, though.

Bert

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Old June 14th 11, 11:39 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Jun 14, 5:30 pm, "Bert Coules" wrote:

at least in Wickes, say, I could select the wood
myself and reject anything that's twisted.


IME finding straight and defect free lengths in Wickes or any shed is
a waste of time - all of it is ****e usually strapped together in
packs that appear straightish, until you cut the straps and boing! it
all goes banana shaped and reveals all the dead knots, sticky resinous
knots, splits, shakes etc etc = utter crap..

get ye down to the woodyard/timber merchant/sawmill and pick your
lengths there - your chances of getting stuff that you want will be
infinitely increased.

Jim K
 




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