[Tagging] Do-it-yourself versus hardware stores

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Feb 11 11:31:01 UTC 2016

Large stocks of building materials and supporting construction materials
is what I would probably call a "builders merchant".


But note the third example sentence: "The boundaries between builders'
merchants and DIY operators is becoming increasingly blurred." 

Buying enough stuff to put up a shelf might come under "DIY" but the
same stuff in quantities to build a new room extension is a different
ballgame and then I would search for a builders merchant in the area,
not a DIY shop. 


On 2016-02-11 11:31, John Willis wrote:

> Javbw
>> On Feb 11, 2016, at 5:26 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> ot (they'd sell wire and nails/screws, glue, paint and even small amounts of gypsum or cement, also smaller extruded metal profiles might be available, or chainlink mesh,
> Usually they sell small amounts of many materials for very tiny projects, but usually the small amounts are for repairs of exists ting things. 
> Many people repairing a toilet or a door may go to a hardware store. But no one finishing a room or building a bathroom is. The DIY is for "you can renovate the bathroom or build a deck" yourself - anyone should be able to patch a hole in the wall or repair a leaky faucet - that isn't the DIY meaning. I built a workshop in our garden from lumber and metal sheeting from a DIY. I bought a specialty tool to repair an old sink at a hardware store. 
> Focusing on products available is the key. Making a distinction that is easy for mappers to discern in wiki (or iD preset) without cracking the OED and without having them make a judgment call on the quality of service (I have met morons and well-versed professionals in both) are very good things to avoid.  DIY stores are open to the public - whereas many counties have restrictions on certain types of materials available. Though a pro or contractor may buy materials at a DIY shop, that is also not important - as the DIY sells bulk building supplies to *anyone* - that is the important part. 
> Hardware shop: focus on:
> Tools (power, hand)
> Hardware (fasteners, hinges, etc)
> Consumables / paint 
> And Minor stock of materials (small lumber, garden) 
> ~~~~~
> DIY: focus on:
> Large stocks of above, plus
> Focus on Large stocks of building materials. 
> In addition, may include: 
> Large stocks of fixtures/ home appliances / Outdoor tools/ farm supplies / landscaping supplies
> Large stocks of supporting construction materials. 
> Again, we're in a world where the DIY shop (Home Depot) has crushed the "general hardware" store (Ace), so there should be a lot more DIY stores in some regions than "hardware" shops. 
> Javbw
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