Travis Perkins timber

On 14/08/2019 10:20, Andy Burns wrote:

I have both. Although the trailer is only 5'x3', I can can carry 8'x4' sheets on it with a small overhang at the front and a larger one at the back. I have had a 5.2m joist (for my conservatory) on the roof bars and 5m lengths of aluminium (1 tube, 2 bar for building a hi-fi stand). I have also transported 12'3" lengths of galvanised, box-section, roof sheet, supported by the two halves of an extension ladder on the roof bars.
My father once took an extension ladder to France (to work on their holiday home) - the sections slung side by sides *under* the roof bars ... to keep under the height limit and avoid having to pay extra.
SteveW
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Got some on me Audi A6 estate they are on there all the time bloody good ones the Thule they are done up with a large Allen key handled type tool:)
Can get 20 foot scaffold poles on it tie a large Yellow hi viz vest or something bright on it where it overhangs
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On Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:48:16 UTC+1, Rob Morley wrote:

I doubt TFL will allow me to put a roof rack on their bus. So if mail ordering ... what then.

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ark.greenend.org.uk> scribeth thus

I was told in a deadpan way by one of them not so long ago now that they;
Don't grow the tress like they used to"
Sez it all really.
FWIW we needed some OSB boards recently, Travis Perks were cheaper than Ridgeons, now Huws Grey by another name, but if you use them a lot i expect they are more competitive.
You can haggle a bit with them sometimes if you are buying a decent amount of timber...
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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:

You can surely inspect them before buying though.

I have found TP or Jewsons (or even better local timber specialists) handy when I needed something heavier and bulkier than the sheds offer. Timber specialists are pretty much essential for hardwoods. My local farming supplier also does a good line in rough cut fencing timber.

Depending on what you need and how much chasing around you are prepared to do you can always go in and ask them. One of my motivations was that they would machine cut a large 18mm marine plywood to the required size for a very reasonable price and the resulting bits would then fit into my car. Saved hiring a van and making very long manual cuts.
The sheds material was pretty poxy and weak by comparison. But it wasn't as nice as the marine ply the window fitters I had in recently were using - that had all the knots on the outer surface replaced by veneer.
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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:

Valid point sometimes, but Wickes is cheap and convenient, and the multi-packs generally keep stuff reasonably straight.
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On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:08:32 AM UTC+1, newshound wrote:

The multi-packs themselves are straight but sometimes when you open them a banana or two springs out. Or within a few minutes in the sun they start to bend. I tend to open the multi-packs, get the good ones and make sure I keep the multi-pack bar code.
The only trouble is the remaining bananas are not bought by anyone so they take ages to re-stock the shelves.
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On 14/08/2019 11:08, newshound wrote:

Also worth finding a very busy branch - less time for stuff to deteriorate on the shelf. I find if I buy plaster at our local one, its quite often still warm!
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On 13/08/2019 23:39, Theo wrote:

Ridgeons are good. It is supposed to be 50p a cut or something, but frankly I am not sure they bother to charge unless its a lot of cutting. Last time I just selected some batten and they cut it into lengths that would fit the car.
And only charged me the total length

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I don't think any timber is how it used to be. A guy I got to build me a fence had to come back due to a gate post that visibly twisted in three months even though it was obviously treated for outdoor use. Is it just that we do not actually allow timbe3r to season long enough before cutting it into the shapes we want? Brian
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On 14/08/2019 12:35, Brian Gaff wrote:

Mainly just very fast growing timber species are most often used...
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On 14/08/2019 15:41, John Rumm wrote:

Some of it from illegal logging in the Ukraine.
The best timber should be from Russia, nice and slow growing, but they are restricting exports.
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On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:39:29 PM UTC+1, Theo wrote:

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Last time I went to Travis Perkins for some timber - just roofing battens, I said that I didn't have an account. She gave me a price. I said that is t oo expensive. She umm'd and ahh'd, then created a temporary account for me and gave me a much better price. Now I know that is an option, I will try it at other places.
The timber was straight (I was not actually using it on the roof).
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Don't you actually check it before buying?
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I did, but I missed the curve on one axis. Which I only spotted after I'd painted it up and butted it up against a straight piece of wood - the curve was obvious.
This was the best of the bunch they had, which was even worse. And the reviews on the Wickes site suggest they send out bananas on delivery orders, when you don't get a choice. And sometimes it would be better to buy the longer stuff for delivery, rather than set up a saw bench in the car park.
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On Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:46:57 UTC+1, Theo wrote:

Reject it.

Taking it home is cheaper. Delivery makes sense if you're buying a lot.
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On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:46:57 PM UTC+1, Theo wrote:

I always look down the length where the foreshortening makes any curve obvious. There is usually some other chap doing the same and you give a little nod. Serious timber comes from local Avon Timber. It is straight.
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On 15/08/2019 09:44, sm_jamieson wrote:

For joists and similar applications, a bit of curve is not a bad thing - just make sure you "camber up" each timber as you fix it, and you end up with less sag at mid span.
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On Tue, 13 Aug 2019 23:39:25 +0100, Theo wrote:

Sadly, it depends a lot on the individual branch.
Ridgeons used to be good for timber, but not so much now locally.
I used TP a lot because I had a trade account and a twin wheeled trailer with an 8' by 4' bed and a ladder rack so I could go and sort through the racks of timber and pick half way decent lengths and then take them away in the trailer.
If you rely on delivery then you take your chances.
Sadly, the trailer has been sold on. Happily I don't need much timber these days.
I still miss that trailer .
B&Q and Homebase used to be awful for timber. Shit as a very shit shit thing.
For good timber go out into the countryside to a real timber yard. Costs a bit, though.
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On Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:39:29 UTC+1, Theo wrote:

The problem I have is that none of the local timber companies open at all over weekends.
One is almost within sight, and decent prices, but getting there during opening hours can be difficult.
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