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Seeb
Punatic

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Posted - 12/16/2018 :  16:40:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Then they give them the junk, you can spend hours digging thru Home Depot lumber to find straight pieces. The HPM yard in Shipman is way better
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ProjectDomecile
Newbie

USA
40 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2018 :  16:54:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's also possible that the Home Depot stuff sits around soaking up moisture longer?
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Rob Tucker
Kama'aina

9743 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2018 :  17:17:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HPM racks its lumber outside in the rain. Take a spin through their yard.
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ProjectDomecile
Newbie

USA
40 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2018 :  11:31:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So, where's a good place to get 16" concrete pier blocks? I'm gonna need about 25. Do they ever get recycled from older demolished buildings?
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Obie
Punatic

USA
3599 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2018 :  09:35:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Home Depot $40.00 each.

Used ones would be useless because the straps rust in Hawaii.
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ProjectDomecile
Newbie

USA
40 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2018 :  11:20:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well that sucks. And Home Depot's going to be the cheapest?
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Obie
Punatic

USA
3599 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2019 :  11:39:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was in HPM yesterday.They are $53.99 there.
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ProjectDomecile
Newbie

USA
40 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2019 :  10:48:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welp, that answers that.
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kalakoa
Motormouth

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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  11:17:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A 5-gallon bucket is about 1.5 bags of quickrete ($7.40 x 1.5 = $11.10).

The 100-foot coil of 16-ga Simpson 16ga strap is about $1/foot; a 3-foot piece bent into a U would make a nice 2-strap. I looped some old coat hanger wire through the bottom of the U to make it anchor nicely.

Yes, it's more work than having them delivered, but it gets even cheaper if you mix your own concrete. I'm told the diesel makes a nice release agent (spray the inside of the bucket before you pour).

Miscellany: I recently got a load of lumber delivered from HPM, and the quality is indeed much better than Home Depot or Honsador. Beams were mostly #1, a few were even SEL STR, everything clean and straight. Going to try Argus for the next project.
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