Best Local Stores for Do-It-Yourselfers

April 2, 2011 10:32 AM

Best Stores For Do-It-Yourselfers

credit: Daniel’s Discount Hardware

Best Stores For Do-It-Yourselfers

credit: Daniel's Discount Hardware

Whether it’s the economy or the popularity of home improvement shows fueling what seems to be a “DIY movement,” more and more people are opting to take on household task themselves.  If you’d sooner do-it-yourself than call a professional, you’re probably already familiar with at least a few of these local stores!

Rollier’s Hardware

600 Washington Rd
Mt Lebanon, PA 15228-1920

Most people from the South Hills are already familiar with Rollier’s Hardware on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. The family-owned and operated business, which has been serving customers for more than 50 years, is a perfect resource for do-it-yourselfers. The staff is friendly and helpful and — as promised on its website – “will take the time to explain the HOW-TO in hardware, plumbing, electrical, paints and the many other departments found within Rollier’s!” Whether you’re looking for lumber, drywall or oak moldings for a room renovation or you just need to freshen up your room with new blinds, you’re likely to find what you need for just about any Do-It-Yourself project. “It they don’t know how to fix it, forget about it,” said one CBS Pittsburgh staff member.

Construction Junction

214 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Eco-conscious do-it-yourselfers should plan a stop to Construction Junction before embarking on a new project. Billed as “Pittsburgh’s only non-profit building material reuse retailer,” Construction Junction encourages “conservation through the reuse of building materials.” In addition to architectural salvage like columns, mantelpieces and hardware, the also store has a surprisingly large selection of products from radiators to refrigerators.

Daniel’s Discount Hardware

5724 Curry Rd
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236-3520

Deceptively bigger than it seems from the outside, Daniel’s is the epitome of the neighborhood hardware stores of old. Whether you’re looking for powertools, hardware or even appliances and big screen televisions, you’ll find just about anything you need in one of Daniel’s aisles! Despite the store’s amusing slogan of being in the “same inconvenient location for over 50 years,” people from all around the area seem to know how to get to Daniel’s!

Evey True Value Hardware

5779 Library Rd
Bethel Park, PA 15102-3533

Evey True Value Hardware has been a staple for do-it-yourselfers in Bethel Park for nearly six decades now. Now run by Andy Amrhein, a regular guest on Pittsburgh Today Live, the store has everything for your home improvement needs from plumbing equipment to gutter guards. There’s even a “project library” on the store’s website with information on a variety of Do-It-Yourself projects from the flooring to the ceiling — and just about everything in between! The store even features a full-line of rental equipment from hedge trimmers to electric wallpaper steamers and specialty plumbing tools. Once your projects are done and you’re ready to show them off to all your friends, visit the “Just Ask Rental” department for tents, tables, chairs & other party supplies!

Architectural Emporium

207 Adams Ave.
Canonsburg PA 15317

While Architectural Emporium in Canonsburg isn’t exactly a home improvement store per se, if you’re looking for unique elements for your next remodeling project, you may want to check out this specialty shop. From stained glass and decorative door knobs to stone fireplace mantels and antique lighting, Architectural Emporium has a wide selection of items from the eclectic to antiques!

Brookside Lumber

500 Logan Road
Bethel Park PA 15102

Planning to remodel your kitchen? Need to put on a new deck? Stop by Brookside Lumber in Bethel Park for supplies and more! This family-owned business – with a wide selection ranging from cabinetry to skylights — is also a full service contractor that can help with your next household project!

84 Lumber

More than a dozen stores in the area

Founded more than a half-century ago in the Washington County town of Eighty Four, 84 Lumber now has 281 locations across the country. With growing competition from “big box retailers,” 84 Lumber shifted its focus to professional contractors to stay afloat; but ambitious do-it-yourselfers are likely to find just what they need. Customers can even get help pricing out their next project with 84 Lumber’s “Request A Quote” line.

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