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One of Aldi's offers
Wide range of tools and materials at generally competitive prices. Internet/telephone ordering. Catalogue available. Delivered by carrier. Some trade counters: open long hours, open to public. [Screwfix Review]
Wide range of tools and materials at generally lower prices than Screwfix. Internet/telephone ordering. Catalogue available. Delivered by carrier. Some trade counters: opening hours?, open to public.
30,000+ products - Hand tools to power tools, vast range of fixings. Free delivery on orders over £50. Office open mon to fri 9am - 5:30pm, online store open 24/7.
Curious mix of gimmicky gadgets (similar to 'Innovations' catalogue) and cheap tools & materials, some quite specialised (e.g. watch repair). Internet/telephone ordering. Catalogue available.
Twin (almost anagrammatic) German-owned supermarket chains featuring range of special offers changing approx weekly, many of DIY interest. Buy-in-store only. Individual branches do not always carry all specials listed on website (or on in-store flyers), and popular items often sell out quickly.
  • Whdirect A cross between screwfix and a pound shop. Some items much cheaper than elsewhere, eg fixing blocks
Supplies a wide range of Wiring accessories, installation materials and equipment. Online Store open 24/7. Free delivery on orders over £99.00 - Price match promise.
SEALEY TOOLS Suppliers of Sealey Tools and Sealey Spares.

DIY stores

In general the DIY stores' online operations are pretty much separate from what may be available in their shops.

Range of items available online. Bigger stores have trade counters supplying 'trade' goods at competitive prices. Consumer items generally much more expensive than online suppliers.
Separate? range of items available online - actually delivered by Argos
Some items available online. Most goods are own-brand (often obviously rebadged). They won't deliver larger items such as 8' timber.
Wickes Review

Tools and machinery

  • JustOffBase Mostly Engineering & Automotive tools, some Carpentry, Construction, Electrical, camping etc...
  • Ebay Many small suppliers of all sorts (in Ebay shops) as well as mostly one-off private sales
  • Silverline Tools are a budget brand (usually of reasonable quality) found in many retail & trade outlets.
  • Poundland and similar high street cheap shops.
Often have tools at extremely low prices, many items of adequate quality to do the job, but some not.
  • Power Rewind - industrial supplier, extensive range, with prices to match. Useful for specialist items you can't find anywhere else.

Local engineering / machine shops


good range at generally reasonable prices
Online and via several trade counters in South UK
Online Electrical Wholesalers with a wide range of electrical products for trade and public orders at competitive trade prices.
Online Electrical Wholesalers. Wide range of electrical products at competitive trade prices.
Trade and Consumer oriented
mostly lighting, also some fans & inverters; low prices
currently only online via eBay (from bricks & mortar operation in Reading: other sales via reps)
General electrical suppliers
Will supply 2 or 3 metre lengths of trunking by mail order (delivered by Tuffnells)
Online only UK electrical wholesaler, best prices on all Major brands.
Cable sold by the Metre, huge range of wiring accessories.
Electrical Meter boxes & enclosures online shop. Good range of products, reasonable prices.
Electrical enclosures, kiosks, plinths and meter boxes.


Wide range, good prices, reliable
batteries, chargers and some other components
recommended by a couple of posters to uk.d-i-y
Wide range of electronic and mechanical components, tools, materials etc.
wide range of electronic components, consumer electronics, tools, materials etc.
part of Farnell groups but more consumer-oriented
Electronic components, gadgets, kits, consumer electronics. Prices can be high.
batteries, chargers and other photographic/electronic items
Wide range of electronic and mechanical components, tools, materials etc. Trade-oriented. Prices can be steep on some items.


Plumbing & Heating

Extensive range of plumbing, gas (NG and LPG) refrigeration & other plumbing & heating materials & tools.
Generally boilers and radiators
Plumbing & Heating
Small heating controls at generally competitive prices. (They tend only to supply items that can be sent by post in a Jiffybag.)
Reconditioned (often better than new) PCBs, fans, timers etc for central heating boilers at prices usually vastly below manufacturer's spares. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Fast courier delivery. Many satisfied customers on uk.d-i-y
Generally competitive prices but trade only.
Boiler and other heating spares, online and at trade counters. Not cheapest but can obtain most parts in a few days.
Boiler and other heating spares online. Supposed to be cheap if you can find the part you want on their hard-to-navigate web site.
Boiler and other heating spares online. Fairly cheap.
Gas and Electric meter boxes & fittings
Gas Meter boxes online shop. Good range of products, reasonable prices.


Venables - oak

South London Hardwood

Building Materials

  • Marshalls very wide range of decorative concrete blocks
  • Magnet excellent prices on ply, plasterboard and some insulation
  • Should you be in the joinery, shop-fitting or tiling trades then you will find the appropriate adhesive product to suit whatever structures you are preserving, bonding or sealing. One of the few oxalic acid retailers in the UK.


  • Fasteners Large selection of fasteners and information from Fix8 Ltd
  • Moss Plastic Parts Rivets, assembly clips, plastic screws, nylon nuts, nylon washers, fixing rings, retaining rings

Metals £150 delivery!

Travis Perkins - sash weights

B & Q selection of steel & aluminium sections


Smiths Metals

Local model making shops


Local scrappies can be useful too.

Historic Goods Andy Thornton Ltd architectural salvage

Holloways of Ludlow - period switches

Antique Baths of Ivybridge Architectural Classics

Britain's Heritage - Antique Fireplaces


  • McMaster-Carr Online Catalog
  • Local model shops
  • Ridgeons
  • Packaging materials,Boxes,Cartons,Removal boxes,Printer cartridges,Stationery,Janitorial & Cleaning Supplies,Workwear & PPE - Free samples available.

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