Suppliers

8th July
2009
written by Dom

When this showed up I couldn't help but feel a bit important

When this showed up I couldn't help but feel a bit important


The insulation arrived from Thermap in St. Helens this afternoon. I’d tried the whole “this is being blogged – any chance of a discount?” bit and was told that I’d need to speak to their marketing department about that as they normally cover the television work… turns out they regularly supply the “real” Grand Designs – ah well, worth a shot!
This is Russ - he's a hero

This is Russ - he's a hero

When the Kingspan arrived I was half-way through laying my first ever course of bricks and was totally panicking about my mix going off – “No worries” says Russ “I’ve carried heavier further” – what a star!
4th July
2009
written by Dom
The Lads from Liverpool Timber - had a nice workout this morning, carrying 25 sheets of 8x4 to my back yard

The Lads from Liverpool Timber - had a nice workout this morning, carrying 25 sheets of 8x4 to my back yard

The Lads turned up bang on time this morning with a lot of wood. So much wood I was worrying that I may have done my sums wrong. I won’t know for sure of course until the whole thing’s built.

Typically I got them to stack it so the stuff I need first is at the back… Seriously though, thanks so much for this – it seems a mention of even limited fame and fortune can get a very good deal – that banner on the bottom of the shed-cam saved me a good £50 off an already very reasonable price. Nice one Billy!

14th June
2009
written by Dom
Telecoms guy Jason - my second supplier with bits of my new roller shutter

Telecoms guy and part time racer Jason - my second supplier with bits of my new roller shutter

So I am now the proud owner of a brand new roller shutter! Jason, my supplier is clearly more techy than myself and explained how I might want to find a mate with a welder to help assemble it – I don’t have a mate with a welder, but I do have perseverence and bloody mindedness (and the added advantage that I am constructing my building round the shutter rather than fitting it into a hole in an existing building). £120 off of eBay seems quite reasonable for a new shutter as my (albeit limited) investigations were pointing out about £400 for a new one from a local supplier.

Jason seemed a thoroughly nice bloke who recognised my slightly tatty old Volvo for the thoroughbred it once was and immediately offered me 4 nearly new 215x40R17 tyres for the princely sum of £35 Result!

An utterly lovely day out with the family visiting my Gran, gorgeous pub lunch followed by hours sitting in the sun in her idyllic cottage garden, rounded off nicely by an admirer stopping in the street and offering to buy my car (I’d cleaned it) and the little boy up the road explaining that he loves my cat Max – he calls him “Fifi” and his mother gives him milk regularly ;-) That’s a lovely Sunday for you.

7th June
2009
written by Dom
Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Very excited this weekend! having rebuilt my iPhone on Friday/Saturday I went to collect my first purchase this morning. What we have here is an aluminium sliding patio door. roughly 1.7m wide by 2m tall. It cost me the princely sum of £71 – which is probably more than I wanted to pay (especially as I went 4 days on eBay as the only bidder at 99p!), but it was just up the road and how often do these things come up?

[Note: as it happens, sliding doors can be found more and more often on eBay now, as the older aluminium designs don't meet the regulations required for houses - the locks aren't good enough, they don't insulate so well...]

With three sealed double glazed units my father-in-law was throwing out I reckon I now have all the glazing I need for my shed. I’m working on a Google sketchup design for the shed itself – but it looks absolute pants right now – will post it when I’ve figured out how to use the package better!

31st May
2009
written by Dom

When I first had the idea I reckoned the internet was going to be my friend here – I love the idea of freecycle and donated Doogle’s puppy crate to  a grateful freecycler a couple of years ago. – I’ll admit I got a bit tired of the regular emails and spam-filtered them – which turns out to have been a bad idea – Yahoo Groups blocked my account which has made joining up again harder than I imagined.

I was banking on freecycle being one of my primary sources for materials for the project, so – fired up as one only can be at the start of a project – I tried to join Widnes freecycle – they’re only up the road I thought (certainly closer than a significant proportion of Liverpool) and I thought I should try and join as many as possible – the Freecycle sign up form says after all “Are you a member of another freecycle group? – we don’t mind

How surprised was I then to find out I’d been refused membership – I got a short email from Caz, Enid, Jake and Mel of Widnes freecycle stating “Thanks for that information, unfortunately we keep members local to the groups (Widnes Freecycle covers Halton) and only take the nearest outsiders if members have posted to their local group first and have not had much luck.”

Well, Caz, Enid, Jake and Mel, thanks for that information – Next time I’ve got a piece of junk item of undoubted value to somebody – possibly in the Widnes area – I’m trying to get rid of, I’ll take it to the tip.