Category Archives: Material sources

Stock availability

Ok I learned my lesson and that is don’t look on Bunnings website for things and then go to the store expecting those things to actually be there. Twice this week while I have been on jobs I have had to search for a quickly needed item and found it on their website so off I trundle to the nearest store only to find an absence of said item. This is not only frustrating but costly when you’re on a time limit because of quoted hours to do the job. I have found the item at another store but this has required a fair amount of driving and wasted time. You’d think a place like Bunnings would be able to keep their stock levels up and not wait until they run out of things before they order replenishments. Another thing I have noticed lately is that the staff seem to have a customer phobia and are hard to spot these days and when they are spotted they run in the opposite direction. Not only can’t you find what their website says they have but you can’t find anyone to tell you that they don’t have it.

From now on I will always ring ahead to see if stuff is actually there, you can’t take it for granted and always be aware of website fiction.

K&B Security doors

A good supplier of new security doors is K&B in Meadowbrook. They make all types of security door to any size required. I am currently replacing some older style security screen doors on a house in Sunnybank. They are not the standard size and the old doors were hitting on the main door handle so the new ones have to be moved forward a little to provide clearance. This is done with what is called a “build out frame”. A new aluminium frame is placed in the existing doorway that allows the new doors to be hung slightly forward from the existing jamb. K&B supply this too and it is better to fit the frame before ordering the doors so that you can give them the exact size.

Bunnings discount

We all know about Bunnings, they’re just about everywhere. I buy materials from them all the time because they are handy for my handyman business, I can always duck to bunnings to get what I need fairly quickly from wherever I am working.

There is a way of getting a discount on all your stuff that not everyone is aware of and that’s with a ‘Power Pass’. If you have an ABN you can get this pass for free and present it whenever you buy things. Some items have a bigger discount than others and some don’t have any but I always use mine for every purchase. So far this year I think I have saved in the $100’s. Cool!! ………………………………ABN’s are free too 😉

Benchtop Suppliers

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“Handyform” in kingston have been a recent supplier of my benchtops. They can supply any laminate on the Aussie market and they do a reasonable job of machining the joins. Due to the nature of some cabinets the joins need a little bit of tweeking to fit nicely but this is only natural.