I had a call fron the wood shop to tell me he was ready for the door furnature. So I thourght I'd go to a local long established iron moungary store. My needs wern't difficult, or so I thourght. I wanted some 3" polished SS hinges, and a SS rebater door lock. All they had was tat, the hinges were so bad IMO it was a waste of SS and no rebated locks at all. This is supposed to be a specialist shop. I then went to B&Q, Homebase and Howdens. In 2 of these the concept of SS seemed to be alien. They did a huge range of nasty plated stuff, but not a whiff of SS, and as for rebate lock......Well? Howdens did have some very nice SS hinges but they wanted over £13 a pair and that was on my trade account!
I resolved to go on the net. I like to support local shops where possible, but they really have to do more.
A Net search turned up a company called e-Hardware Absolutly brilliant!! and the even better part quite local to me and were happy to indulge my fussyness in person. In the end I got EXACTLY what I wanted and even some concealed door latches I didnt even know existed.
So, excelent quality products, brilliant service and great prices......... How great? Well the exact same hinges that I liked at Howdens were at e-Hardware for £3.50
I will post pics of this stuff when I get the doors.