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Whats up with plywood costs? -rant
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ugh    Posted 11-19-2004 at 04:31:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
poor skinned birch is 44.00 and a far better poplar is 29.00

osb is 18.00 when not too long ago it was 7.99

sure would like to see ac grade come back to popularity again.

the super home centers dictate what the contractor uses anymore. i cant nearly stomach the places anymore, poor stock- uninformed help.

bring back the ma & pa outfits before the giant fold up.

mud


Slofr8    Posted 11-19-2004 at 17:54:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 3 sets of material quotes in front of me right now.

A few examples...

02/14/04

7/16" osb $26.59
3/4" advantech TG $40.19
KD spruce 2x6-16 $10.29

08/30/04

7/16" osb $17.69
3/4" advantech TG $35.89
KD spruce 2x6-16 $13.69

Last week I ordered all my lumber and sheathing for a home I want to build next spring. Owner at the building supply store will also hold it for me till I need it. This is what I paid.

7/16" osb $8.99
3/4" advantech TG $15.89
KD spruce 2x6-16 $7.79

How prices can drop so far so fast I'll never know. I was going to build this fall but prices scared the crap out of me and I pulled the plug. Everyone said to get used to these prices except the guy I bought the lumber from. He said to be patient and he was 99% sure they would come down for a period.
I think people finally said enough.
Two weeks in a row the lumber yard guy would quote me a great price on monday only to find out on thursday that his supplyer was out. The following week we ordered on monday.
I work for a Railroad that hauls a lot of this stuff and my boss said what the mills are now doing is trying to create a false feeling that there is a shortage to get prices to go back up.
My big fear was that I would miss out on the low interest rates but a call yesterday to my lender told me that rates had not gone up since I last looked into it two months ago.
Looks like this dream may come true after all!!




deaf    Posted 11-20-2004 at 04:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
rumor here abouts that the army boys were burning it in irag to stay warm......(plywood)


deadcarp    Posted 11-19-2004 at 07:42:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i was building in the 70s, i'd estimate plywood by thickness -- 3/8 was $3.75 and 1/2" was $5/sheet. but whatever it is now, it'll be more in 5 years. :)


tim in pa    Posted 11-19-2004 at 07:23:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
supply and demand. i am told the hurricane season pulled much of it south, and, they are shipping it to iraq to rebuild their city! now, there's a can of worms!


Husker    Posted 11-19-2004 at 06:16:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just bought some 4x8 oak ply at $39.00 sheet. B grade pine was $28. I was told that the hurricanes, plus the Iraq deal has driven all sheet goods thru the roof. Price steel roofing sheets if you want a real eye opener!. Latest price on 4x8 wafer board was 22.00 sheet, when 6 mos. ago it was under 10.00


mojo    Posted 11-19-2004 at 04:49:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I'm afraid of is we'll look back on this as being the "good ole days"! Replacing the roof of the barn (aluminized steel over 2x4 runners) and rebuilding the porch has been very expensive, but odds are it'll just get higher priced.
Enough to make ya sick if you think too hard about it.

mojo
mdw


hope not    Posted 11-19-2004 at 05:28:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure makes for a good argument for using a local saw mill and building with green lumber again.

used to be a house was framed green and allowed to dry out before it was plastered.

we are paying through the snout for this junk we're getting. i bought 1X4s the other day for faceframes. they were primed heavy. the primer hid finger joints running both directions. i about had a kitten.

mud


Grove r    Posted 11-19-2004 at 05:49:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right on, on the sawmill, Mudd, I use mine constantly, but, I don't use green lumber....mine is all dry pilled 'till I need it. Sometimes even let the logs dry before sawing them, only trouble is, the woodworms take over so bad....walk by a log pile and you can actualy here them....crunch, crunch, crunch...guess it's OK if ya want the "antique look"....sure a lot better than attacking a fine piece of furniture with a chain or something to give it "that look".... have a good one, R.E.L.


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