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Bob
11-15-2009, 11:11 AM
I'm looking for some local places that might sell flat stock. Lowes has a little bit and Home Depot has almost nothing. I know Fastenal carries some but their hours are the same as my work hours and they are closed weekends.

telecast
11-15-2009, 11:46 AM
Usually at Best Buy, and they have a nice selection of blues too.... :D

There's a place in Belleville on Martinsville Road just north of Savage. Cannot recall the name offhand (something 'steel'), but they sell just about anything you need.

Bob
11-15-2009, 01:15 PM
Usually at Best Buy, and they have a nice selection of blues too.... :D

There's a place in Belleville on Martinsville Road just north of Savage. Cannot recall the name offhand (something 'steel'), but they sell just about anything you need.

Thanks! I'll try and find it on google.

telecast
11-15-2009, 01:52 PM
It might be called Contractor's Steel.

junkyardjon
11-15-2009, 10:59 PM
the phone book is your friend! i found a place by me that sells tubing for the same price as a whole seller, big plus in my book.

Aco Hardware will have some.

Gary
11-16-2009, 12:23 PM
Mcmastercarr.com sells that stuff and you normaly get it next day if you order by 3. but if you just looking for left over pieces that wont work. Here at work we use metal supermarket.

IL8APEX
11-16-2009, 06:24 PM
Try Metal Supermarket in Livonia, on Armrein (I think) just South of I-96.

Also another place on Dequindre just North of 13 Mile. Can't remember their name.

-Tom

Bob
11-16-2009, 08:09 PM
Thanks guys!

I tried metal supermarket but their hours are just 9-5 m-f. I can never get there between those hours.

Gas Man
11-16-2009, 09:09 PM
Bob, why don't you check with wyndotte welding on eureka.

Bob
11-16-2009, 09:14 PM
Bob, why don't you check with wyndotte welding on eureka.

I'd rather not deal with that place. I went in there the other day I had off looking for a welder and they pissed me off. The guy would not even give me a price on any Hobarts and only wanted to try and sell me the $800 Miller he had on the floor. And their el-cheapo welding helmets that you could get for like $50 at Lowes was over $100 there. I did not notice any steel stock either though. Plus their hours suck worse than the rest. Like 9-5 and they close for an hour for lunch.

Gas Man
11-17-2009, 10:21 AM
I'll double check with my BIL but I think he also said Romulus Auto. Could check with Flat Rock auto for it being a bit closer.

Bob
11-17-2009, 12:18 PM
I'll double check with my BIL but I think he also said Romulus Auto. Could check with Flat Rock auto for it being a bit closer.

Thanks man. Were are those?

Gas Man
11-17-2009, 08:41 PM
Flat Rock Auto is on Telegraph across from the old kmart. South of vreeland

Romulus Auto Supply II


(734) 722-3980
Address: 6800 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

baker gas and welding
http://www.bakersgas.com/store-locations.html

But he says a welding shop is always best.

Bob
11-17-2009, 09:50 PM
Thanks!

Bob
11-18-2009, 04:18 PM
I called Baker and they don't carry any steel they said.

Gas Man
11-19-2009, 11:00 PM
I can ask him tomry again... for more suggestions. How much do you need again?

Bob
11-20-2009, 07:18 AM
I can ask him tomry again... for more suggestions. How much do you need again?

No biggie man. I don't need much. I'm going to hit up Fastenal next week I think.

Bob
11-28-2009, 10:30 PM
Fastenal had jack crap and nothing in the place has any prices on it. I went to Baker, for welding stuff not for steel, and they gave me two places to call for steel. I called them but one's phone was disconnected so I found a site for them and emailed them. No word yet. Next Saturday I'm going to try Federal Pipe. They get good reviews from some of the local guys, they are open on Saturday's, and they respond fast to my questions.
http://www.federalpipe.com/products.htm

I'll let you all know how they are.

ziek
12-05-2009, 10:47 AM
Cool I'd like to know

Bob
12-05-2009, 12:18 PM
Just got back from Federal. They have anything you need but their prices are not the greatest I did not think.

Here are the prices they gave me.

1.5"x1.5"x1/8" square tube 36" long: $13.10 each
1.5"x1.5"x1/8" angle 26" long: $5.65 each
30"x30"x1/8" steel plate: $58.50

They are a little cheaper than Lowes and have a lot more options but I'd rather pay a little bit more and go right down the street instead of drive all the way out to them in the middle of Detroit. But if you needed a lot you could get it all at Federal and save some dough. Plus they cut to size. The cool thing is they are open Saturday's and no order is too small for them to do.

My goal is to find someplace around the Downriver area though that is similar to Federal.

shawnspeed
12-09-2009, 12:55 PM
Factory steel .Oakland ave. off I-75& McNiclols, closed sat , open sunday, or at least they used to be....they will have anything you could need ....Shawn

Bob
12-09-2009, 08:30 PM
Thanks man. Found their site:
http://www.factorysteel.com/index.htm

baldbiker
12-11-2009, 07:35 PM
VanBuren Steel in Belleville (734)697-8609

Bob
12-11-2009, 08:07 PM
Thanks!

Roadkill Savior
02-26-2010, 01:36 AM
I go to metal xpress in Frazier or Astro Steal on Sherwood south of 10 mile.

Bob
02-26-2010, 08:38 AM
I go to metal xpress in Frazier or Astro Steal on Sherwood south of 10 mile.

Thanks! I'll check them out too!

Cafe
02-26-2010, 12:52 PM
damn i didnt know there was a steel place on sherwood. i all ways go to metal mart since they are only 10 min down the road.

Mudpuppy
02-26-2010, 07:06 PM
bob - tell me what you need and i can set you up.. there is a place, can't remember the name but they sell odds and ends for cheap.. i can get the name.. all i deal with is steel all day everyday.. whatever you need i can get it..

_DK_
02-26-2010, 09:31 PM
Depending on the size I might be able to find some stuff in the scrap hoppers... Might have some surface rust on it...

Bob
02-28-2010, 09:54 AM
Depending on the size I might be able to find some stuff in the scrap hoppers... Might have some surface rust on it...

Awesome! I'll come to you first. :)

paulpeter
03-03-2010, 05:57 AM
The 2 usual choices of mild steel are CR4 and zintec. The zintec is zinc coated, different but similar to galvanised. Advantages are that it's more corrosion resistant, disadvantages are that the zinc makes the fumes from welding nastier (remove locally before welding and/or protect yourself from fume) and it's a little bit harder work to shape than CR4 (not an issue for sill patching).

Given the choice go for zintec, there's a thread somewhere on the forum for DIY friendly metal suppliers (stick Birmingham in the 'search this thread' tab) and/or try some local fabrication firms. Many motor factors also sell sheet steel in small quantities..

junkyardjon
03-23-2010, 07:03 AM
speedy metal of Fraser

wango
04-24-2010, 11:08 PM
There is a scrapyard in Lansing called Padnos. They have a ''usables'' dept. and you can get new and used steel there for cheap, heck of a lot cheaper than Lowes or TSC. They usually have a big selection of stuff.

You might check with some scrapyards closer to you and see if they do the same thing.

Bob
11-18-2010, 07:38 PM
I ended up finding that Metals Depot has the best deals and pricing as far as all of the online sources i've found. I'm going to start ordering the stuff to make a work bench soon from them.
http://www.metalsdepot.com/

motorcycle mike
11-19-2010, 06:43 PM
Try this place in Redford, I've bought everything from 6' of 2" square stock tube to 55' of 12" steel beam for a house I built. http://www.smedeson.com/

Bob
11-19-2010, 07:34 PM
I tried Smede's but they're hours sort of suck for me to get out there and they don't have a cheap scrap pile to get cuts from. Everything has to be cut to order.

However, I got a quote from Federal Pipe in Detroit and they are cheaper that Metals Depot and open on Saturday's.

sprink
11-20-2010, 05:08 PM
I would have recommended Federal, but forgot their name. I've bought full pieces and drops from them. I put a call in to my bike building buddy and will post his reply. I know he buys all types of metal.

Bob
11-30-2010, 08:46 PM
I ended up saying "screw it!" and am going to build the bench out of 2x6 instead. I can do a nice corner bench in wood, double the size of the metal one i was going to do, for like 1/3 the cost. LOL

Bob
12-06-2010, 10:19 PM
Got the wood this weekend and have the bench about 1/3 of the way done. I'll probably have my dad over this weekend to help me finish the rest of it.

Gas Man
12-08-2010, 03:20 PM
Good deal. You done yet?

Bob
12-08-2010, 08:05 PM
I'm just picking at it for an hour a night. In a few minutes I'm going out to hopefully finish the bracing up.

Bob
12-12-2010, 12:18 PM
Finally got it finished last night. I'll try and get some pics today.