Local Suppliers

There's no doubt that the giant DIY chains have their place, but we often overlook the local independent suppliers. There are still a few DIY shops in the Medway Towns and they have their advantages.

They tend to be staffed by people who know their trade & can offer good advice, they will often sell small quantities of things (rather than a whole pack), many offer cut lengths of timber & pipe and many will order in items they don't have in stock.

Allbits Plumbing Supplies is a bathroom supplier with a really good range of baths, showers, sinks, toilets, basins, taps etc - often at prices lower than the big DIY chains - and always of excellent quality. Also the best place to buy plumbing fittings. 108, Cuxton Rd, Strood, ME2 2JA. Tel: 712816

Home & Garden are a very good builders merchant & timber supplier who carry large stocks & supply cut lengths of timber. 122, Delce Rd, Rochester, ME1 2DT. Tel: 845740

Taggart Hardware & Plumbing is another handy place with huge stocks & friendly people. 26 Church Street, Hoo, ME3 9AH. Tel 01634 256555.

Simply DIY in Lordswood is yet another excellent place for DIY supplies. 2 Admirals Walk, Lordswood Lane, Lordswood ME5 8NL Tel: 862048

Johnstones in Rochester High Street is another Aladdin's Cave for seekers of the hard to find. 81, High St, Rochester, ME1 1LX Tel: 844067