11:52AM | 08/23/02
Member Since: 12/26/01
10 lifetime posts
This is a heads up - I just have to pass this on because I'm quite peeved. Home Depot has a deck program which will figure out how much wood you need, the layout and how much it will cost (with a part breakdown). That being said - We are currently putting up a deck. As we were in the planning stages, a friend told me to beware - that it will end up costing more because the deck program leaves out alot of wood. That got me to thinking - so being computer literate, I figured out exactly what we needed and using Home Depots prices, how much it would cost - and what do you know - they calculated out $600 more(same layout). For example: instead of using 8' and 10' boards (what is actually necessary) they quoted 12' lengths everywhere. Now I can see them wanting to make a buck - but think of all the waste!
I had to pass this on because you can't seem to trust anyone these days to give you honest service - and it seems that Home Depot is no different. So if you are building a deck - do your own calculations.

Mark Hammond

06:31PM | 08/26/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hey roseb,
Thanks for the warning. The only time I could see using longer stock would be in cases where you would use the scrap for such things as solid bridging or nailers in obscure areas. In cases such as these though the scrap is actually figured for these jobs. It doesn't sound quite like that here......Mark Hammond


07:49AM | 11/20/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
I wouldn't be so quick to blame Depot. There are certain dimensions (2x12, for example) that they only stock a 12 and 16 foot long length when it comes to pressure treated. They almost never stock a 14 foot length in any dimension.

Also, don't forget- lumber is a commodity item sold per thousand board feet on the wholesale level. Each individual length of a dimension can trade at completely different levels, so while there may be more waste on your end, that 12 footer might actually be cheaper for the Depot to buy than a 10 footer. Food for thought.


05:38AM | 11/23/02
Member Since: 12/26/01
10 lifetime posts
Thanks for you input. I did end up contacting Home Depot and they said that they "will look into it. They don't want unhappy customers". Hopefully they do!
We did end up buying all our lumber there (our choises were limited), but with our own calculations and with what they had in stock. The price we paid was much cheaper (for the part quoted), we had alot less waste, and we had plenty of material left over for blocking. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I would never have used 1 x 6 for blocking (left over deck boards). That's the major portion of the over estimating and over cost.
Again, thanks for the other viewpoints.


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