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For some time there has been a demise of the traditional builders merchant, to be replaced with the ubiquitous DIY retail shed represented by the likes of B&Q, Homebase and Wickes. The latter are often not as well stocked in terms of traditional, heavy building materials, so if you are doing serious building work, an account at your local builders merchant is still a good thing to have. Find your local merchant from the Builders Merchants Federation -follow the link to 'members' then 'full members' and choose your region for a full list.

To find stockists specialising in environmentally friendly materials, visit our page on Green Materials.

If you are anything like the author, you will probably spend far to much time travelling back and forth to the DIY store or Builder's Merchant, having realised that you forgot to buy that last tiny but essential widget, or having decided that all the paint sample pots that looked so good in the store now appear completely garish in your home. You can cut down on visits, and give the environment a break by ordering online -it works fine for ordering by brand name, or for products that are fairly universal in nature, the only problem is the need to be around to receive the goods.

See also our listing of electric tool manufacturers and hire companies.

Screwfix -new catalogue out now.

DIY Stores and Builders Merchants:

Some of the better know online retailers are listed below:

  • B&Q -Britain's Largest and best known DIY retailer with more than 300 branches across the country.
  • BuilderSuperstore -online ordering of ceramic tiles, garden paving, insulation and plasterboards with 24 hour delivery.
  • Builders Merchants Federation -trade federation for UK Builders, Plumbers, Heating and Timber Merchants.
  • Build the Dream -produced by Travis Perkins Builders Merchants to assist with self-builds, renovations, extensions and improvements.
  • Buildbase -network of DIY stores that has grown to become the fourth largest in the country with over 150 branches.
  • DoorFurnitureDirect -specialises in all aspects of door furniture and accessories including door knockers, knobs, handles hinges etc.
  • EcoMerchant -a builders merchant based in Kent that specialises in environmentally friendly products.
  • Godfrey DIY superstores -chain of DIY stores based in East Anglia.
  • Homebase -Britain's second largest chain of DIY stores, with branches nationwide.
  • Jewson -builders merchant selling timber and building materials across the UK.
  • Old House Store -builders merchant for traditional and ecological materials -their philosophy is based on the sympathetic and authentic conservation/ repair of old buildings, but the ecological basis of our products makes them equally suitable for new-build projects.
  • One Stop DIY -real and online DIY sales from their Northampton outlet.
  • Pages DIY -independent DIY store in port Talbot founded in 1918, serving both individual and trade customers.
  • Screwfix -tools and materials at trade prices.
  • Travis Perkins -leading national builder's merchant with 120,000 procts in their range. Lots of online guides including their guide to selfbuild -"build the dream".
  • Wickes -one of the leading building and home improvement brands, with branches nationally.

How to do it guides

  • BBC Homes -useful step by step tips on carrying out a range of DIY tasks from the Beeb.
  • DIY Videos -videos of popular TV series -Changing Rooms, Ground Force etc.
  • DIY World -step by step guide to various diy projects.
  • On the Level is the title of a weekly building column by Jeff Howell in the Sunday Telegraph, London. The column is a mixture of observations on buildings, the building industry, DIY tips, and consumer-related building issues.
  • Teach me DIY -Knauf DIY worshops online.
  • DIY Books -a selection of DIY books from Amazon.

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Collins Complete DIY Manual
Albert Jackson
Hardcover - 550 pages (April 2001)
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You Can Do It: The Complete B&Q Step-by-Step Book of Home Improvement  
Nicholas Barnard (Editor)
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Do It Yourself
Focus Multimedia Ltd
Platform: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
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