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Went to Wickes to buy some wood, came home with a banana.

This happens every time, and is getting rather tedious. It would be nice to
have somewhere that sells vaguely straight wood for a change.

I seem Travis Perkins have finally put non-account prices on their website,
and also indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car). But is their wood any good?
Does TP Group somehow send all their awful wood to Wickes?

We also have Ridgeons locally, who have also recently started admitting
prices on the web, but it's unclear what their policy on cutting is (and
they don't list the base lengths).

(hello Jewson, it would be nice if you could join the pricing party too)

Thanks
Theo

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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:
Went to Wickes to buy some wood, came home with a banana.

This happens every time, and is getting rather tedious. It would be nice to
have somewhere that sells vaguely straight wood for a change.

I seem Travis Perkins have finally put non-account prices on their website,
and also indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car). But is their wood any good?
Does TP Group somehow send all their awful wood to Wickes?

We also have Ridgeons locally, who have also recently started admitting
prices on the web, but it's unclear what their policy on cutting is (and
they don't list the base lengths).

(hello Jewson, it would be nice if you could join the pricing party too)


Do you have a Harlows near you?
https://harlowbros.co.uk/branch-finder/?sector=timber

I find it's worth spending some time sorting out timber at places like
Wickes. All places will sell you bananas if they can get away with it!

Why not take a hardpoint saw with you? What size timber are you trying
to buy?
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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:
Went to Wickes to buy some wood, came home with a banana.


Find a proper woodyard. Not a DIY shop.

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On Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:44:05 +0100
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I find it's worth spending some time sorting out timber at places
like Wickes.


This.

Why not take a hardpoint saw with you?


and this.

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On 13 Aug 2019 23:39:25 +0100 (BST)
Theo wrote:

indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car).


Roof rack. Then when you get home you can take time with your cutting
list so you make best use of the straightest bits.



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In article , Theo [email protected]
ark.greenend.org.uk scribeth thus
Went to Wickes to buy some wood, came home with a banana.

This happens every time, and is getting rather tedious. It would be nice to
have somewhere that sells vaguely straight wood for a change.

I seem Travis Perkins have finally put non-account prices on their website,
and also indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car). But is their wood any good?
Does TP Group somehow send all their awful wood to Wickes?

We also have Ridgeons locally, who have also recently started admitting
prices on the web, but it's unclear what their policy on cutting is (and
they don't list the base lengths).

(hello Jewson, it would be nice if you could join the pricing party too)

Thanks
Theo


I was told in a deadpan way by one of them not so long ago now that
they;

Don't grow the tress like they used to"

Sez it all really.

FWIW we needed some OSB boards recently, Travis Perks were cheaper than
Ridgeons, now Huws Grey by another name, but if you use them a lot i
expect they are more competitive.

You can haggle a bit with them sometimes if you are buying a decent
amount of timber...

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Tony Sayer


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.

Give him a keyboard, and he will reveal himself.


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On Wed, 14 Aug 2019 06:48:13 +0100, Rob Morley
wrote:

On 13 Aug 2019 23:39:25 +0100 (BST)
Theo wrote:

indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car).


Roof rack. Then when you get home you can take time with your cutting
list so you make best use of the straightest bits.


My roof-bars are more often on the car than not because I often find
myself carrying stuff and what won't go inside goes on the roof.

Like, I went to pick up some shelving daughter bought locally on eBay
and the guy went to question how I would carry the room height
uprights then he looked closer and said 'ah, roof bars'. ;-)

But are there as many people carrying stuff on roof bars / racks these
days? I can remember regularly seeing all sorts of stuff on roof
racks, from sofas to wardrobes to boats and sheet materials / fence
panels but the last time I saw a sofa on the roof of a car was ours?
;-)

A friend tried to get roof-bars for his Megan Coupe but it seems there
may not be such a beast. You could see how one might be able to clamp
onto the roof at the front but not at the back because of the
non-opening rear windows. Not unless you can slide the 'foot' in
between the rubber and the bodywork?

The recommended Thule (Aero) roof-bars for our Meriva are quite short,
meaning we can't carry some of the stuff we used to on the likes of
the Sierra Estate that had long bars that sat further out on the
gutters, rather than a specific mounting point. Whilst they were much
more flexible re what width stuff you could carry, I have tried to get
out of the car under the end and it does hurt (so 'get' why they might
not stick out so much these days). ;-(

Cheers, T i m
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T i m wrote:

But are there as many people carrying stuff on roof bars / racks these
days?


My last car had roof rails and I added thule bars, it was useful for
long timbers and with a home-made roof-rack useful for 8x4 sheets of
osb, plasterboard, present car has no rails so now looking for a trailer
instead.
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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:
Went to Wickes to buy some wood, came home with a banana.


You can surely inspect them before buying though.

This happens every time, and is getting rather tedious. It would be nice to
have somewhere that sells vaguely straight wood for a change.

I seem Travis Perkins have finally put non-account prices on their website,
and also indicating which branches have a timber cutting service (so I don't
have to try to fit 3.6m lengths in the car). But is their wood any good?
Does TP Group somehow send all their awful wood to Wickes?


I have found TP or Jewsons (or even better local timber specialists)
handy when I needed something heavier and bulkier than the sheds offer.
Timber specialists are pretty much essential for hardwoods. My local
farming supplier also does a good line in rough cut fencing timber.

We also have Ridgeons locally, who have also recently started admitting
prices on the web, but it's unclear what their policy on cutting is (and
they don't list the base lengths).

(hello Jewson, it would be nice if you could join the pricing party too)


Depending on what you need and how much chasing around you are prepared
to do you can always go in and ask them. One of my motivations was that
they would machine cut a large 18mm marine plywood to the required size
for a very reasonable price and the resulting bits would then fit into
my car. Saved hiring a van and making very long manual cuts.

The sheds material was pretty poxy and weak by comparison. But it wasn't
as nice as the marine ply the window fitters I had in recently were
using - that had all the knots on the outer surface replaced by veneer.

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On 14/08/2019 10:20, Andy Burns wrote:
T i m wrote:

But are there as many people carrying stuff on roof bars / racks these
days?


My last car hadÂ* roof rails and I added thule bars, it was useful for
long timbers and with a home-made roof-rack useful for 8x4 sheets of
osb, plasterboard, present car has no rails so now looking for a trailer
instead.


I loved my two Astra Estates with rails. I had four bars for them and so
could carry all sorts of mixtures and combinations.


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