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paulz
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 09:24
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Builders also use metal studs now right? Are there alternatives to plywood sheathing?

snobdds
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 11:02
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Quoting: paulz
Builders also use metal studs now right? Are there alternatives to plywood sheathing?


Denseglass sheathing.

But last I looked, it's within a few dollars of wood sheeting.

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 12:32
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My cabin on a mountain is surrounded by Amish. My Amish are into wood. They either cut down tree, mill wood or build with wood. They aren't aware of price increase.

The last load I pick up from my closest sawmill (and there's a few to choose from) I tipped the guy. He thought I was crazy and try to give me the money back.

Amish lumber tends to be green so you have to account for that in construction or stick and stack it for a while. Board and batten is what the Amish do mostly as far as structures. Amish lumber isn't engineer stamped so you take your chances using it for any work that needs to be to code. But I find it to be good wood. Mostly Douglass fir, maple and oak by me.

NorthRick
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 13:50
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Holy moly! I knew prices have gone up but last weekend was the first time in a while that I actually bought some.

$8.50 for an eight-foot 2x4!

paulz
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 13:53
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Yipes! $36 for 1/2 plywood. Fortunately I have a lot of lumber rat holed, and probly fire up the mill in a few months.

lburners
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 18:49
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I just bit the bullet and bought 15 sheets so it should go down now

Curly
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# Posted: 25 Feb 2021 22:25
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The high price of lumber has me considering tearing down my cabin and selling the parts for big bucks!

snobdds
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 00:38
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Interesting article about lumber prices...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lumber-prices-are-soaring-tree-growers-miserable-1161417 7282

ICC
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 09:16
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WSJ paywall

snobdds
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 10:21 - Edited by: snobdds
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I forget that the WSJ does that...

In summary.

The landowners supplying the trees are not seeing a price increase for their raw material. In fact, they say there is such a glut of trees wanting to come to market, mills have their choice of buying only the cheapest, which drives down the price.

The mills, they say, are the ones reaping the economic windfall of the price increase. Profits in corporate mills are at all time highs, despite the smaller capacity due to a lot of mill fires lately.

Transportation companies are also reaping a large windfall with the huge demand in lumber since COVID started.

End retail sellers have kept their margins on wood relevantly the same.

This high priced wood is now starting to affect home starts and remodels. The experts thought interest rates would be the catalyst to disrupt the housing and selling boom. However, it might be the one thing no one saw coming...high lumber prices.

They see the high prices well into the 3rd quarter of 2021. It's going to be a hard summer to build cabins.

ICC
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 11:19
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Quoting: snobdds
The landowners supplying the trees are not seeing a price increase for their raw material. In fact, they say there is such a glut of trees wanting to come to market, mills have their choice of buying only the cheapest, which drives down the price.


Too many trees planted in response to tariffs on Canadian lumber???

paulz
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 19:12
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Quoting: lburners


I just bit the bullet and bought 15 sheets so it should go down now


Atta Boy! Support the economic recovery.

Today I used up 90bf of the free 2x12 I got last year, building a solar panel platform. And I have leftover redwood deck boards for the top. Hope those solar panels enjoy living in the lap of luxury. Better put out..
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lburners
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2021 19:36
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Bring those suckers to the East coast and I will buy them too.

pauld8511
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# Posted: 4 Mar 2021 20:40
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These prices have got my juices going! Going to have to get creative. My cabin was going to be 400 square feet, now it will be 14 x 16, 224 square feet. And I have eliminated the wood floor, no, not a slab of cement.

I plan to leave a 8 foot wide opening, removable in the future for an adadditional Room.

lburners
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# Posted: 4 Mar 2021 20:51
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I mentioned it in another thread but maybe look into rough cut.

snobdds
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2021 12:54
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I would rather wait until prices normalize rather than sacrifice what I want.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2021 20:36 - Edited by: gcrank1
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If you put up a 'pavilion' now you can add studs and enclose the walls later Just think of it as a glass cabin with a great 360Deg view but without glass.

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