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Great timber if your building a boat
Member Name: MrMonochrome
Advantages: Convenient location for me and plenty of parking
Disadvantages: Poor quality product and below average staff training
I undertook a complete renovation of an en-suite bathroom late last year and decided to expand the space available by removing a stud wall and rebuilding it a bit further out to allow room for a larger walk in shower area.
The wall came down easy enough, the tiles were removed and all the plumbing capped off ready to start the reconstruction.
I went to my local wickes in Guildford for the studwork timber as it was conveient and spent an absolute age sorting through a selection of lengths of wood that were mostly useless. Either they had splits at one end, were full of resin pockets or they were bent so much you could have constructed the hull of a ship with them. Thankfully I only needed about a dozen and just about managed to find enough from the entire stock on display.
Staff are mostly clueless and can point you in the right direction to find an item but can't offer any advice other than what is written on the label.
I'll be back to spending a bit more and visiting a timber merchant on my next project.
To be fair, most of the DIY big shed stores are the same but Wickes have taken timber supply to a entirely new level of awful.
Summary: Use a proper non chain merchant if you want quality