Yes you can save on new lumber!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Omran, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Hello chicken's Lovers,
    Do you know that most lumber yards and building materials stors will sell you all twisted or not perfect lumber for a deep discount.

    Last sunday we decided to add an addition (8'x10') to our chickehouse and after I gathered a lot of free Lumber from here and there I needed about 20 more pieces of (2x4) so we went to lowe's and I put all the little twisted 2x4x12 on my cart and then I asked the manager for discount, well guess what I paid $0.97 for each, I like to share this info with you friends because I know how hard on all of us money these days.
    I will post some pictur of my new addition coop when I get done.

    Thank you for reading.
  2. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    Great tip. They will also do the same thing for busted bags of sackcrete and things like that.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    This is quite true, I'd just like to point out that a person has to have good judgement about how much of which different types of flaws they can get away with for the particular use they're intending...

  4. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Great idea. We may have to give that a try sometime.
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Thanks for the info, i am starting to build a coop right now, and every little cent helps.
    May i add,
    right now Lowes has 10% for veteransday, good for active duty, retired.... check the webpage for more info.
  6. kidmoab

    kidmoab Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Davis Ca
    I built most of my coop with lumber from one dumpster. Someone did a huge renovation, it was like I got all the wood from what was probably an attic floor.

    There's not much I'll jump into a dumpster for but scrap wood is always tempting.
  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Culled lumber is what it is called. When I was framing we dropped tested every board we used for integrity issues. You just hold the board on one end with the other end sticking out ahead of you and two feet off the ground and while still holding on the end, let the other drop. You'll hear if it is bad. Heck sometimes the board will just break. Twists and crowns and mild waning is not a problem. Splits and knots are. The only real concern is building a large coop with large spans.

  8. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2008
    South Dakota
    That is what I take dh to the lumber yard for!!! He went to an auction for UBC recently and got insulation for the ceiling of the coop for was less than we were going to pay at another place. He is the one with the mind for what I need to get things done. Guess that we will have to try the asking for a discount on the junk boards from now on.
  9. cjstanman

    cjstanman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    Just north of Raleigh
    I am very lucky with lumber - my company assembles utility trucks and we get the "bodies" (big boxes) on flatdecks. They come in braced with 8' long 2x4s, sometimes 10', and when they unload, they drop all those boards right by our scrap wood dumpster. Employees are free to take whatever is clearly in the trash pile. I built my chicken tractor with a lot of that, plus I am now building a greenhouse. (Some of the smaller lengths have even been tongue-and-groove, I'm trying to figure out a way to use that for a sliding door or something, ha ha!)

    If you have any companies like that in your area, you can check with them. We have to *pay* to dispose of our wood. Did I mention the bajillion pallets we get, too? lol I've advertised them on Craig's List during the winter and people come all the time to just take them away. Saves us $$ and does them a favor too.

  10. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    Culled lumber from Lowe's is what I built my first run out of! It's actually pretty good stuff....most of it.

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