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Re: [APD] Sources of DIY Material
Jerry Baker wrote:
>Has anyone started to collect sources of DIY material yet? I have a hard
>time calling business after business looking for this or that. It sure
>seems a waste for each person to have to go through that. If there isn't
>a list, I'm going to make one. No need to duplicate effort though.
>For instance, it took me three days to find a place in the Los Angeles
>area that sells silica sand suitable for the aquarium. They sell it in
>75lb bags for $6.99. There should be some repository of this information.
I would be willing to host such a place on my website. www.rexgrigg.com
But really in LA it should have taken no more than 3 minutes with the
yellow pages and one or two phone calls. You need to think outside the
(glass) box and think about what you are trying to find. You wanted
sand. I'm not sure where you looked. But immediately I would think
Sand Blasting, and then Industrial Supply Houses. Sand Blasting supply
places would of course carry a large variety of sand. Industrial Supply
Houses of course carry large varieties of bulk materials of all sorts,
When I needed 100 lb bag of coarse sand here in Portland it took me one
look at the Yellow pages and one phone call. Then just driving down to
pick it up.
What needs to happen is people need to get out of the Home Depot/Lowe's
thinking and look around. There are at least a dozen specialty
suppliers here in the Portland area alone. I have yet to have to order
anything for a DIY project. I have always been able to find everything
I needed locally. Now I will admit that Portland is not a small town
but it's not L.A. either.
If you want tubing or fittings check a hose supply house. If you want
odd PVC fittings check a plumbing supply house. If you want gravel/sand
check with a sand blasting supply or a industrial supply house. You
need your CO2 cylinder filled check a fire extinguisher service shop,
they go though more CO2 than just about anyone else and not only that
they normally fill while you wait and most can do hydro-testing.
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