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Old 11-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Deck lumber delivered?

Would it be a bad idea to order treated lumber to be delivered from the lumber yard to my house? Do you think they would deliver a lot of junk boards?

Or should I rent a trailer and hand pick it myself? It's going to be quite a large load, about forty 2 x 10 x 12' joists and eighty 5/4 x 6 x 12' decking boards.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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Tough call, I always like to load my own deck packages. Not always able to though.

If you have it delivered order a few extra joist and a half a dozen extra deck boards. You can always return them.
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i would talk the lumber yard about their return policy. Likely you could return any faulty boards for exchange. Maybe try a real lumber yard and not a big box store.
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I've had 2 orders delivered in my time.
One was poor quality and I had to replace most of it.
They did refund my delivery price.

The other was good quality, as good as you can find picking it out yourself.

My problem with the last order was not the lumber, but the hangers, nails, and screws.

And there also the fact that you will have to handle the lumber 3-5 times if you pick it up yourself.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:26 PM   #5
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Have it delivered. But deal with a reputable lumber yard. You might pay a few bucks more, but you should end up with better lumber. Verify this up front with the yard. I used to ask them "Tell me which lumber I'm paying for, the nice straight ones, or the crappy bowen ones? If I'm paying for the straight ones, then thats what I want. If I'm paying for the bowed ones, charge me little more for the straight ones." Most real yards will exchange any bad ones or let you return them.
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