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Postby SamIam on Thu Jul 22, 2004 11:35 pm

Hey guys,

I thought it might be a good idea to gather up some local sources for DIY supplies in the DFW area. I'm thinking everything from plywood to acrylic to plumbing. I'de like to assymble a list and pinn in in the DIY forum. I'm a big DIY'er so I have a couple that I have found:

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Atlas Scrap Iron & Steel Processing CO
9506 South Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75241
(972) 225-4221

Notes: Good scrap yard, steel is 15 cents a pound, and I found plenty to make a stand for my 360, and they have new sales on the other side of the scrap yard.

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Plywood & Door Manufacturers Corporation
3200 Irving Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 631-8458

Notes: They have 1" thick birch Plywood (along with lots of other stuff) in 4X8 sheets for about $60/sheet. Great for building a really nice looking stand with lots of strength.

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Altair Company (Acrylic source w/everything you need)
3101 Longhorn Boulevard, Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 231-4665
(972) 231-4665 (fax)

Notes: I need to verify this is the right place (The place I've been to 2 times was at a different location, but same name) Anyway, you can give them dimensions, they will cut the pieces, and they only charge for what you need instead of a full sheet. This is a great place if you just need a small amount or odd sizes.


Allied Plastics Supply Inc ,
4111 Billy Mitchell Dr Dallas,TX 75244-2316
Phone972-392-2708

Notes: Other members have used this company and found the prices to be about the best around.
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Glass Source:
had a great experience and found the best pricing from:

L D Glass & Mirror (972) 436-3787
751 S Mill St, Lewisville, TX 75057

Add yours so we can compile a list.
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Postby spectre on Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:28 pm

Elliot's Hardware -- great for esoteric plumbing parts, plus many other items. Way more selection than home depot -- all the way around, but for plumbing they are not in the same league.

Threaded unions were cheaper than HD, but ball valves are more expensive. Go figure.

Elliot's even carries acrylic tubes and rods.

Do check the hours, they are closed on Sundays and close during the week at 6pm!

Three locations:

4901 Maple Avenue (at Motor St)
Dallas, Texas
(214)634-9900

108 W. NW Highway (at Main St.)
Grapevine, Texas
Metro(817) 424-1424

2049 Coit Road, Suite 300 (at Park)
Plano, Texas 75075
972-312-0700




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Postby FaithWarren on Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:25 pm

They tend to be a little higher than the catalogs but not by much, plus once you add freight and wait time, I often just buy the bulkheads from them. They have weird hours so you will have to make time to go there. They are one of the biggest pond and pool supply places I have seen yet. They also work on your pumps and tend to have parts for pumps you can't find anywhere else. I will ask James for the name of the place that has Mag Parts, and post it too.


Dicksonson Brothers
972-288-7537

204 N Galloway Ave
Mesquite,TX
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Postby FaithWarren on Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:29 pm

Here's the guy you can buy those TAR Metal Halide Ballasts for $35 from, he is $35 for 250 or for 400watts.

You still have to buy a Spider Reflector, Mogul, cords, plugs and a steel box for the ballast. But he will have alot of it there for you to buy when you get there and is nice enough to tell you how to wire it up too.

Electrical Surplus of Texas 972-579-5552
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Postby spectre on Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:07 am

Whiz-Q Stone
www.whiz-q.com

http://www.whiz-q.com/prices/boulders.htm

Tufa rock for $0.20/lb. This is a calcite pumus. Seed and cure and it will be live rock real fast.

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Postby hungtien on Fri May 27, 2005 3:42 pm

New Location & Phone number for The Altair Company (Acrylic source w/everything you need):

412 N. Bowser
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: 972-231-5166 or 1-800-988-5176
Web: www.altair-co.com/plastics
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Postby Esper on Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:23 am

Anyone know a local place for custom-cut starboard?

or places with good selections of cutting boards?
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Postby chrisrush on Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:32 am

Nationwide Plastics in South Dallas has HDPE (same stuff as starboard). They can cut it to your specs. Not sure on color, I just got white.
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Postby Esper on Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:08 pm

Olaggie01 wrote:Nationwide Plastics in South Dallas has HDPE (same stuff as starboard). They can cut it to your specs. Not sure on color, I just got white.


That's exactly where I just got mine! only cost $21 for my 55 gallon. here's the website:

http://www.nationwideplastics.net
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Postby TJay on Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:31 pm

hungtien wrote:New Location & Phone number for The Altair Company (Acrylic source w/everything you need):

412 N. Bowser
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: 972-231-5166 or 1-800-988-5176
Web: www.altair-co.com/plastics


So looking around is this the closest place to Plano for me to pick up 1/4 inch acrylic?

I need somewhere I can run by during lunch since most of these places are not open on weekends
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Postby dia_cero2002 on Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:49 am

spectre wrote:Whiz-Q Stone
www.whiz-q.com

http://www.whiz-q.com/prices/boulders.htm

Tufa rock for $0.20/lb. This is a calcite pumus. Seed and cure and it will be live rock real fast.

-- Patrick

I went to Whiz-Q-Stone yesterday and bought the last four pieces of tufa. I asked when they would be getting any more in and they said it would be spring if they ever got any at all. Does anyone know of another place to get tufa? Thanks.
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Postby ToddLaCo on Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:02 pm

Where can plastic screws/bolts be found. I searched through some of the plastic vendors with no luck.

I am building an auto top off system and need plastic screws/bolts and nuts so I can make the float switch holder adjustable.

This doesn't have to be local either. I would almost rather have them shipped if possible.
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Postby Serk on Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:06 pm

If you're referring to the lil' plastic/nylon thumb screws that people use on a lotta DIY projects, I've found thse at Home Depot/Lowe's... Lookin the specialty fastener section on the screw/bolt aisle, usually they're in one of the "There's some readdy weird stuff in here!" drawers...
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Postby ToddLaCo on Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:13 pm

Thanks alot. I would have never guessed that HD or Lowes would have cool stuff like that.

I will give Lowes a try tomorrow.

Thanks again
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Postby sublime-1 on Thu May 17, 2007 10:38 am

yah,


they have nylon thumbscrews, o-rings, etc.

Go to the nuts and bolts aisle and they have a big chest with all kind of drawers.

They are organized by hardened steel, galvanized, stainless, brass, nylon, etc.

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Postby keredson on Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:18 pm

new address for allied:

Allied Plastics Supply Inc.
10828 Shady Trail
Dallas, TX 75220

http://maps.google.com/
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Postby albino_concept on Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:45 pm

Does Allied Plastics Supply Inc. carry Acrylic Buffer ?
What is their telephone # is?

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Postby stratman on Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:35 pm

For your magnet needs:

China Magnet Source (CMS Magnetics)
1108 Summit Ave, Suite #8
Plano, TX 75074
(972)516-0692
http://www.magnetsrc.com
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Postby aentrop on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:11 pm

for any kind of Plastic or Acrylic, any color in Richardson:

Professional Plastics
1371 N. Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX 75081-2414
800-654-7069 x2001

Kadie Bates is who helped me.

They can provide acrylic as well as bend it, cut it, and router it.
I had my whole 1/4" thick 19" Tall, 10" Wide, 6" Deep internal overflow box with teeth made for $50
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Postby DaveG99 on Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:18 pm

aentrop wrote:for any kind of Plastic or Acrylic, any color in Richardson:

Professional Plastics
1371 N. Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX 75081-2414
800-654-7069 x2001

Kadie Bates is who helped me.

They can provide acrylic as well as bend it, cut it, and router it.
I had my whole 1/4" thick 19" Tall, 10" Wide, 6" Deep internal overflow box with teeth made for $50


Had a fellow reefer go by there today and ask them about making overflows. They said they dont do custom work and they seemed upset that they were being asked about it.
The new tank build.......
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Postby Saltedtank on Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:37 am

https://www.estreetplastics.com/Plexigl ... r_s/21.htm
These guys only do mail order service but they are still the cheapest in town.
estreetplastics.com
519 East Interstate Hwy 30, #713
Rockwall, Tx 75087-5408
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Postby robert1 on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:14 pm

Whiz-Q-stone still has Tufa, was there last week and they have plenty...
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Postby JBsmurf on Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:48 pm

robert1 wrote:Whiz-Q-stone still has Tufa, was there last week and they have plenty...



what would you use tufa for?
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Re: Local dfw diy sources - Post your local places here!

Postby sublime-1 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:16 am

Note:

Please remove "The Altair Company", they were purchased by the Trident group and no long operate their plastics business. (found out today.)


Their Plastics group now does large form factor stuff and ship it in regionally.


However, Allied Plastics, in Carrollton / Farmers Branch area. (in the commercial / warehouse district off Midway Alpha Road area.) Does.

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Postby moncapitane on Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:45 am

Metal Supermarket is a good place to get the aluminum tube heatsinks for led set ups like the one steve from stevesleds. I Also, tanner electronics sells the same fans which stevesleds.com offers for the same tubular heatsinks.
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Postby caracarn on Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:50 pm

DaveG99 wrote:
aentrop wrote:for any kind of Plastic or Acrylic, any color in Richardson:

Professional Plastics
1371 N. Glenville Drive
Richardson, TX 75081-2414
800-654-7069 x2001

Kadie Bates is who helped me.

They can provide acrylic as well as bend it, cut it, and router it.
I had my whole 1/4" thick 19" Tall, 10" Wide, 6" Deep internal overflow box with teeth made for $50


Had a fellow reefer go by there today and ask them about making overflows. They said they dont do custom work and they seemed upset that they were being asked about it.


I asked them about routing/bending pieces also, and they were not willing to do it. They will cut, however.
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Postby isaac.croas on Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:05 pm

2 places I like to go are: Tanners for any electronic stuff you need. (They got it all it seems) And Fergusons for plumbing, I got a bunch of true union ball valves from them at a great price.
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Postby titusmaul on Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:53 pm

north richland hills glass and mirror seems reasonably priced for custom glass cutting. They also have a great selection of glass.


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Postby slickrick75150 on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:22 pm

Anyone know of any local places to get stuff for diy leds?

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