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    Place to purchase tools and materials

    I was just looking over the board and could not find a thread or sticky about good places to purchase tools and materials. Maybe I missed it. If not, anyone think it would be a good idea?

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    Are you talking about the US (as per your stated location) or somewhere else?

    Materials: Home Mart, Global House

    Tools: Tool Pro, Home Pro and there's another decent one whose name I've forgotted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Are you talking about the US (as per your stated location) or somewhere else?

    Materials: Home Mart, Global House

    Tools: Tool Pro, Home Pro and there's another decent one whose name I've forgotted.

    Sorry. I was wondering if Thailand had anything like Lowes or Home Depot from the US or do you have to get materials from a number of different places.

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    There is usually a mini Chinatown in any Thai city where you can get tools. Building materials are easily procured at small supply merchants. If you are in a bigger smoke then you can go to Global, Homepro, Home Hardware or Homemart. You can painlessly mail order hard to get things from Australia which has a duty free agreement with Thailand.
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    HomePro is expensive, much better deals at the smaller privately owned construction shops. As example, i bought an electric plane for 4k cheaper than HP.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    HomePro is expensive, much better deals at the smaller privately owned construction shops. As example, i bought an electric plane for 4k cheaper than HP.......

    Yeh, but its airconditioned

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    True Value Thailand - Quality for your home hardware, home improvement and gardening

    posted once again..Wood and other such bulk materials are more difficult to find at these types of stores compared to the States where they all sell them..

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    If you're in Bangkok and looking for cheap tools Klong Thom market in Chinatown is the best place I've found. I'm currently hanging 3 new panneled doors ( c#%t of a job ) and needed to buy a plane. Hand planes are hard to find and expensive ( 650 cheapest ) but I just picked up a brand new electric plane ( from China ) for a very cheap 700 baht ! Cheapest in Home Pro was about 3000. No problems with it yet. Loads of other tools too. I also picked up an impact driver for 200 baht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    cheap tools
    Cheap tools are shit. To be fair Mordred didn't mention cheap. You may as well buy something decent that will last a few years.

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    I just bought a mini socket set for the bike. Good enough quality and perfect for the job. Only 250 Baht from Tool Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    If you're in Bangkok and looking for cheap tools Klong Thom market in Chinatown is the best place I've found. I'm currently hanging 3 new panneled doors ( c#%t of a job ) and needed to buy a plane. Hand planes are hard to find and expensive ( 650 cheapest ) but I just picked up a brand new electric plane ( from China ) for a very cheap 700 baht ! Cheapest in Home Pro was about 3000. No problems with it yet. Loads of other tools too. I also picked up an impact driver for 200 baht.
    You know? I'll concede that I buy these tools accepting that they are basically throw away, they are so cheap most times if I get a few good jobs out of them they are still worth the money..so no worries..Though at times the break down timing is not opportune...Obviously usually it's in the middle of a job..
    The Chinese hammer drill I bought was a waste though, only got about 2 minor jobs out of it what sucks is that the motor and all is still good but the chuck has never tightened correctly and now it's stripped..The screw holding it has been intentionally spot welded or something too so you can't replace it, cheeky b'stards..
    Won't buy them in all cases though..

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    Yea, I wouldn't know a good brand in Thailand. In the states I buy Craftsman hand tools because of the warranty and either Rigid or Dewalt power tools.

    Thanks for the input. If you're not familiar with Home Depot or Lowes in the states you can find just about anything there to do any job around the house. They provide an extensive selection of tools and materials in one location.
    "he who thinks he knows, does not know; he who thinks he does not know, knows." Lao Tzu

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    Quote Originally Posted by mordred View Post
    Yea, I wouldn't know a good brand in Thailand. In the states I buy Craftsman hand tools because of the warranty and either Rigid or Dewalt power tools.

    Thanks for the input. If you're not familiar with Home Depot or Lowes in the states you can find just about anything there to do any job around the house. They provide an extensive selection of tools and materials in one location.
    Craftsman is the only way to go for hand tools, good quality, life time warranty and priced like no others..I brought over a couple of boxes worth of them I've had for years..
    B&D, Makita and Bosch are good for power tools too and they are all available here at places like Home Pro etc... Did you check out that link Mordred? Also Stanley is good and available at that link I provided..

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    Yes, and thanks for the link, but many of the pages do not show products. I click on flooring and the page comes up empty with only a back link. It says there is one in Nonthaburi so I will check it out. Thanks again.

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    Well there is plenty of tools and western quality products, I really get home sick when I go in there, scroll down the page at the bottom, each category brings up lists of products and then more categories once those open...
    I just noticed that they have Teflon thread seal for plumbing threads that's a real find here, and the only way plumbing should be properly installed..Teflon is ok for all plastics and stays pliable for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    there's another decent one whose name I've forgotted.
    that's my favourite too

    cheap tools are OK, but they don't last with heavy use

    the nice thing about a quality tool is that it becomes really good to use, and always is easy to find in the box

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce
    I just noticed that they have Teflon thread seal for plumbing threads that's a real find here, and the only way plumbing should be properly installed..Teflon is ok for all plastics and stays pliable for years.

    Teflon Tape, hard to find? Every hardware store sells that stuff, you can even buy it in Big C, Lotus or Makro or or

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    If you're in Bangkok and looking for cheap tools Klong Thom market in Chinatown is the best place I've found. I'm currently hanging 3 new panneled doors ( c#%t of a job ) and needed to buy a plane. Hand planes are hard to find and expensive ( 650 cheapest ) but I just picked up a brand new electric plane ( from China ) for a very cheap 700 baht ! Cheapest in Home Pro was about 3000. No problems with it yet. Loads of other tools too. I also picked up an impact driver for 200 baht.
    You know? I'll concede that I buy these tools accepting that they are basically throw away, they are so cheap most times if I get a few good jobs out of them they are still worth the money..so no worries..Though at times the break down timing is not opportune...Obviously usually it's in the middle of a job..
    The Chinese hammer drill I bought was a waste though, only got about 2 minor jobs out of it what sucks is that the motor and all is still good but the chuck has never tightened correctly and now it's stripped..The screw holding it has been intentionally spot welded or something too so you can't replace it, cheeky b'stards..
    Won't buy them in all cases though..
    Well thats it...you get what you pay for. If you are a professional craftsman, say plumber or carpenter , then obviously you're looking for quality tools that you can use every day and won't let you down. If on the other hand you are doing a one off job , then its just a waste to spend too much on stuff that will just gather dust or get stolen . For example ..... I hope I NEVER have to hang any doors again so the plane I got for 700 baht was just the job. Like you, I treat Chinese tools as a something that won't last but will do the jobs you have in hand. The cheap drill I got in a sale at Big C has worked well for 3 years and has way surpassed expectations and I have saved a few thousand baht.
    To anybody contemplating spending a lot of money on quality tools I have one piece of advice........ keep them locked up and out of the hands of your relatives or they won't be quality tools for long !!
    Finaly, its worth remembering that a lot of brand name goods are made in China. Cameras a a good example. Not everything Chinese is crap .....( just most of it ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by globin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce
    I just noticed that they have Teflon thread seal for plumbing threads that's a real find here, and the only way plumbing should be properly installed..Teflon is ok for all plastics and stays pliable for years.

    Teflon Tape, hard to find? Every hardware store sells that stuff, you can even buy it in Big C, Lotus or Makro or or
    I didn't say "teflon tape" I said "teflon seal". Tape is worthless by itself on anything but very fine threads, all pipe threads should be sealed with a non drying, pliable "sealer' also more commonly referred to as 'pipe dope' in some countries..

    This is what they don't have everywhere in Thailand...And though it is mentioned for gases it is not exclusive to that application it is often used for all plumbing applications as well..Teflon sealer like this also helps to protect the threads from corrosion if they are metal..Very easy to disassemble in the future when maintenance or repair is required..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    Finaly, its worth remembering that a lot of brand name goods are made in China. Cameras a a good example. Not everything Chinese is crap .....( just most of it ).
    Agreed, but with the exception of being by western standards and manufacturers specs not Chinese for the most part..

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    There are several stores throughout Thailand. The best of what there is to be had here in Thailand.


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    good one Hilly, did you get that picture off a link somewhere? I found them through Google but was just wondering?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by globin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce
    I just noticed that they have Teflon thread seal for plumbing threads that's a real find here, and the only way plumbing should be properly installed..Teflon is ok for all plastics and stays pliable for years.

    Teflon Tape, hard to find? Every hardware store sells that stuff, you can even buy it in Big C, Lotus or Makro or or

    agreed, it is everywhere, all over the place

    difficult to miss

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce View Post
    good one Hilly, did you get that picture off a link somewhere? I found them through Google but was just wondering?..
    Nope, after several years of being aggraveted, we finally found this company through other Thai friends of the wife.

    I now go no where else. Trust me (you know how that goes) this is a place to go for any building needs.

    There is a thread somewhere here that I did. And that pic is mine.

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