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Old 01-13-2011, 10:07 AM   #16
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Many things at the big box stores are as high or higher than the supply houses---They low balled their prices in order to kill the competition and have slowly raised prices---

Hardwood is much cheaper at Owl Hardwood--My plumbing supplier sells Kohler tubs at the same price as Depot and will deliver free --Decking is better and cheaper a The Deck Yard---

Unfortunately most lumber yards in this area are gone--Two Plumbing houses folded--It's getting harder to avoid shopping at the Big Box stores.---Mike---

Mike, I see you are in Kane county. Must be pretty close to St. Charles if you know " The Deck Yard". I grew up in Geneva.

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I'm in unincorporated St.Charles township--About 500 feet from the Fox river--

I'll be in Geneva later today--Nice town--Mike--
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The local yard is basically open from about dark'o'clock until lunch, so that tells me that they only care about contractors and DIYers can go F themselves. They're essentially never open from my perspective, because they're closed for hours before I could get there after work and barely open on Saturday.
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I just got my quote back from the lumber yard. Their prices are actually just a little bit cheaper than the local Lowes. I think I will go with them because like I said, they can get me everything I need all in one load and deliver it. I'm gonna have to go through them for some of the really long pieces (18') anyway, so they can do the whole order. Thank you for everyone's great advice.
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The nearest 84 lumber is about 30 miles from me. I wonder if they will come that far for free with a delivery.
Wouldn't hurt to ask. My 84 Lumber is about 20 miles away and did not charge for delivery.
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When I framed my basement I had a choice between the cheaper Home Depot 2x3's and the local lumber yard. Home Depot's wood had a pinkish cast to it. Home Depot has cheaper prices, but unless you know exactly what you are buying quality is often compromised.
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If I remember correctly Bart Simpson suggests any lightly secured construction site as a good source of cheap lumber.

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Umm...that was just a joke.

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Pretty good Andy

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