This is a plug for a local business that gave me some good advice and the prices were impressive. I didn’t get anything free, but I didn’t get gorged either. I don’t mind pay more for a better product, but nothing is worse than paying more a product (and think you got a good deal!) then find it somewhere else much cheaper. For example, I went to the big orange store and purchased (4) 1/2″ x 7″ hot dip galvanized, bolts for $4.69 each. The store only had four bolts in-stock and I took the last of them. The next day, I was talking to a neighbour about what I paid (at that time, I thought it was a good deal) and they said to check out BC Fastener and Tools (2000) Ltd. I dropped by the store nearest to my work and found the same bolt, manufacturer and size for $1.16! Wow! that was a difference of $3.53! That’s a huge saving, especially when I had to buy 13 more bolts. (13) x $4.69= $60.97 or (13) x $1.16= $15.08 That is a big difference!
It might sound petty to some people, but the $45.89 in savings, could go towards amping up the deck project with some finishing touches. For example, add more boards to the stairs, LED lights on the railing or put the money towards another project.
It all adds up, shop around before you start a project.