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Quest for Wood in Apopka #4: 84 Lumber

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 1037 days ago 1334 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I visited the nearest 84 Lumber today, they close at 6 so I had to do some work to get there before they closed. When I entered I was welcomed by a cashier and I introduced myself and said that I was looking for different plywood and lumber sources around apopka something other than home depot or lowes. The cashier said “Oh, well we are pretty much supplied by the same people as those guys”.

I said ok and thought maybe their handling of the goods would be better and the plywood would at least be less warped. He said to go ahead in the back of the wharehouse and look around so I did. I walked around, it wasn’t very well marked, nor was it organized very well. They have a large outside covered are that looked like it had piles and piles of OSB, 2×4’s and other such construction materials.

Unfortunatly their storage for the plywood I could find wasn’t any better than home depot, they had the 2 large beams that sit on either edge of the wood allowing it to sag in the middle. I looked around, prices weren’t very well marked so I couldn’t even tell if it was cheaper than home depot or lowers.

After I looked through their wharehouse area, I had decided that their target audience just wasn’t for me. They close to early and are only open from 8am to noon on saturday. Their stock doesn’t seem any better, and their hours and location are worse than home depot and lowes near me.

84 Lumber is a franchise, so it’s possible other locations are better I don’t know.

I still need to visit Amazon Hardwoods other than that I don’t know of other places near me.

-jeremy

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#1 posted 1036 days ago

Jeremy – when I used 84 in the past, and compared to HG, I did find two things. 84 was cheaper on the wood I needed for the project (cedar) and they had cypress for a second project HD does not carry.

-- Harold

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