I am building about 225 feet of privacy fence. Using PT wood for posts and
frames and Rough Cedar for face and details. Project includes an arbor gate
using 4"x 6" rough cedar and some redwood detail.
For Info, here is a price comparison for 10' rough cedar 4x6 in our area
Lowe's - $63
Home Depot - $67
Star Lumber (a local privately owned yard) - $44
Andale Lumber (a local privately owned yard) - $47
I fairness, the Home Depot timber came with an added feature... about 3" of
warp in the only one they had. The locals had very good stock. I paid more
for the Cedar facing at a local yard but it was about 50% thicker than the
big box offerings.
I am once again getting reacquainted with the local supply houses after
getting reaching my pain threshold with Home Depot and such. I am being
very pleasantly surprised at not only the price but the levels of actual
customer service as compared to the big box stores. Home Depot has become
clueless to customer service, and product quality is getting to be a close
2nd. My experience is now to shop local - my wallet is for the better and I
usually end up walking away happy with the service v.s aggravated at HD,
How come every time I call a lumberyard, they are way more expensive than
Home Depot or Menards? 2x4s are usually like $1 more each.
I don't get any extra pay for extra hours at work, so I spend my time
finding the few good 2x4s at Home Depot or Menards. If I was building a
garage or something I would probably order from a lumberyard.
For some reason, Home Depot likes to wreck good plywood by putting on
racks that aren't level. One of the three arms will be lower or higher
than the other two almost invariably.
Sometimes that's true- but in the case of Menards, they've got people
who do nothing but sort through the crap as it comes in and restamp it
as a higher grade if it meets a minimum requirement. So you're really
not comparing apples to apples there. If you want to be fair, you've
got to compare the lumberyards' #2 common to Menards' "select".
They're often still cheaper, but it closes the margin a bit, and you
still have excessive warping with the Menard's crap unless you buy an
entire pallet- they seem to stay a little straighter if they remain
banded until you use them.
I'm guilty of getting framing lumber from them about 50% of the time
myself, as I'm often trying to hit a lower price point- but there is a
real qualitative difference between Menards or HD stuff compared to
any decent lumberyard.
I don't get it- you don't get paid any extra for putting in more time,
so you opt for the more time-consuming option? You're a real
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