Sources for DIY supplies

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by NateHanson, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    I thought I might as well make myself useful here and list some local and online sources for good DIY supplies. Please post other recommendations here and I'll consolidate them all in this first post for future reference.

    J. Freeman, Inc. Acrylic sheet, scraps, glue and various acrylic-working supplies
    65 Tenean Street
    Dorchester, MA 02122
    (617) 282-1150
    or (800) 841-9442
    www.jfreeman.com

    Altec Plastics Inc acrylic stock, scraps, glue and applicators, etc
    116 B St Boston,MA 02127
    617-269-1400

    Tap Plastics Acrylic supplies online, will cut acrylic to size for you
    www.tapplastics.com

    Rockler Woodworking cabinetry hardware, router bits, finishing supplies, etc
    2154 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
    (617) 497-1136
    373 South Broadway, Salem, NH 03079
    (603) 898-5941
    www.rockler.com

    Woodworker's Supply lots more stuff than rockler carries, and some of it higher quality (but only online)
    www.woodworker.com

    Woodcraft high quality hardware, hand tools, and finishing supplies, local and online
    313 Montvale Ave, Woburn, 01801 - (781) 935-6414
    www.woodcraft.com

    CabinetDoorsandHardware Very inexpensive cabinet doors in all sizes. Wide variety. Looks like good quality. See pics in this thread.
    www.cabinetdoorsandhardware.com/

    F.W. Webb Plumbing Supply commercial plumbing supply warehouses
    Locations all over the area
    www.fwwebb.com

    Savko All manner of tank plumbing supplies - true unions, bulkheads, John Guest fittings, etc etc
    www.savko.com

    US Plastic Acrylic stock, eggcrate, various bottles and tubs, PVC plumbing parts - basically all things plastic
    www.usplastic.com

    McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply catalog - everything from acrylic stock, electrical components, and plumbing components, to big rubber gloves
    www.mcmaster.com

    Grainger Industrial Supply Warehouses and online (sometimes they'll sell retail - sometimes they won't)
    www.Grainger.com

    Boulter Plywood Wide selection of top-quality plywood, and a fair amount of hardwood lumber as well
    24 Broadway
    Somerville, MA 02145 (617) 666-1340*
    www.boulterplywood.com

    Aquatic ecosystems Flexible pvc,Venturis, Beckett, Plastic Needle Valve, 1/4"
    www.aquaticeco.com

    E-Conolight.com cheap ballasts and electrical supplies
    www.e-conolight.com
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2006
  2. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    Let's hear your favorites. I'll add them to the list.
     
  3. willray

    willray Division Champs

    Don't forget good ol' Grainger and plumbing supplies at f.w. webb
     
  4. me2003

    me2003 Non-member

  5. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    thanks guys, keep 'em coming.
     
  6. hawaii

    hawaii junior member

    nate that was a great . very well taken; there was a lot of good info. in there thanks
     
  7. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    anyone else?
     
  8. JohnK

    JohnK Active Member Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    There is a store right off of 290 going into worcester.

    I went in and a guy asked me right off if I was building a sump, seemed to know the concepts and was into helping. I had to ask what he was talking about twice since I couldn't believe he spotted me as a reefer that quickly.

    I didn't see the brands I saw at altec, but they had similar stuff, no Acrylite that I saw. They only had extruded tubing but it only cost $24 for 6 feet of 4" clear tube, gotta be good for something though I don't know for what yet.

    Someone must know the name and address for this place as I found it posted on a thread (DIY) but couldn't find it agian.

    Also - Altec, I've gone in twice, the people have been very helpful and they have some very useful leftovers laying around for fair prices. They also carry weldon, applicators, and misc sizes of tube, maybe even cast acrylic tube once and a while.
     
  9. shawn

    shawn Well-Known Member BRS Member

    You already have it, but McMaster-Carr has got everything! Not always the cheapest, but if you can't find it, spend some time there and you will. Regular shipping is also fast as they are in NJ.
     
  10. Mini4x

    Mini4x Sea Box!

    Be careful with USPlastic.. their website seems to be having issues.. double check your cart when you add stuff!!! Took me 3-4 tries to ge tthe right things, and my order still got messed up.
     
  11. fsc46

    fsc46 Non-member

    a vote for J. Freeman, Inc.

    they have prices lower than wholesalers on the cast acrylic sheets!! $7.63 per square foot! That's really low.
     
  12. vinny

    vinny Well-Known Member BRS Member

    electrical supply store

    Does anybody know of a cheap elec. supply store or online. I want to convert my 120 fish into a reef, right know i'm running 4 96w pc and i'm thinking of installing mh's I don't mind spending the money but some places out there I just could'nt afford. thanks vin
     
  13. RichConley

    RichConley Attack of the Killer Cute

  14. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    Wow rich! $43 for a magnetic MH ballast. :) Any trick to this? Is Metal Halide Metal Halide, or are there differences in compatibility?
     
  15. Duds

    Duds Domination

    any places that do acrylic near Franklin, MA within a short distance? ay help is great
    Thanks
    Duds
     
  16. BarkingCrab

    BarkingCrab Non-member

    Duds - have you tried Franklin glass? I've bought plexi sheets from them to cover tanks, I'm not sure if they do acrylic, but it's worth a call.
     
  17. stevefromga2000

    stevefromga2000 Non-member

    where can i find the egg crate for sale on us plastic? and will they ship overseas?
     
  18. Leroy

    Leroy Pres. NE Matchcover Club

    FW Webb in Lowell, plumbing supplies, off Steadman St, Lowell. Ask for Dave he knows his stuff and can always assist in getting parts for project you're working on.
     
  19. NateHanson

    NateHanson Non-member

    Tempered Glass

    Good find Jason!
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2007
  20. dedfish

    dedfish That's Mr.Murphy to you!

    Opps...That's supposed to be Contract Glass. Another person actually posted about this place in a thread I found here and then I saw them again in the phone book.
     

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