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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 03-28-2010 06:47 PM 5478 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2010 06:47 PM

Here are a couple things I noticed at home depot this weekend. My comments are below it.

3/4 Purebond (formaldehyde free) Made in the USA hardwood plywoods for $40 a sheet
R13 Insulation Batts for $25 a pack

My comments:
I know a lot of people have issues with home depot’s sheet goods. A lot of people can’t find quality material without special ordering it, and once they do, the prices are much higher than some lumberyards or cabinet suppliers. Well, i’m not an expert on cabinets, or plywood for that matter, but I thought I’d let everyone know I saw 3 types of 3/4 US Made plywood sitting on the racks (no need to do anything other than put it on your cart. They had maple, birch, and oak (I assume red oak). The item was mfg by Columbia Forrest Products. Maybe some others can chime in on whether this is a good price or not.

Another item of note for those that plan to insulate their shops to keep cool this summer or to keep warm next winter, the R13 insulation batt prices appear to have been cut almost in half. I know rolls are usually cheaper, but this makes the two prices comparable. I haven’t used the 7 packs I purchased, but I’d assume these will be much nicer to work with in tight spaces or when working alone. The add says “new lower price” so maybe this is a permanent markdown or maybe its a short time only. Also, it looks like lowes adjusted their prices to match.

I hope this helps some people.

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 06:59 PM

I was at the local Home Depot this morning and noticed the US-made plywood. The 3/4” oak at under $40 a sheet looks like a decent deal. Just wish they carried Baltic Birch!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 07:03 PM

thanks for the heads up

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 07:04 PM

i should add, all sheets had five plys plus two veneers.

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 09:52 PM

Is it flat ? I haven’t seen a flat sheet of plywood at HD in years.

-- Mark,

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 09:54 PM

it looked perfectly fine to me, but I think the true test would be when you pick it up and store it outside of the stack. I didn’t buy any because I’ve got what I need right now, but I just thought I’d let others know.

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 09:56 PM

The 3/4” looked pretty flat … didn’t notice any curling or lamination problems.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 10:09 PM

HD caught a LOT of flack for that Chinese crap they were selling for a long time. Your right about the new US stuff though, it is excellent and reasonably priced. I believe HD made the move to American stuff in all their stores a couple months ago.

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#8 posted 03-28-2010 10:37 PM

Yea, I think they sent it all down here in the Chicago area. Was just at HD this afternoon, looked like a rolling savanna in the plywood rack. Ended up at Menard’s. Plywood better and cheaper there.

They have to start doing better. Around here, Aetna plywood can beat them silly with price and quality.

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#9 posted 03-28-2010 11:07 PM

Is Lowes wood the same like Home Depot? I don’t pay attention in their wood.

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 03:47 AM

Hey all
I picked up a sheet of oak plywood at HD about a month ago and it looks pretty good to me. I have it stored in my shop on its end and plan to make a small cd cabinet for someone. I will admit that a lot of the times I do go to HD the wood does look the rolling hills and I have to go elsewhere or wait for a new shipment. Hell it is HD afterall what do we really expect, right?

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#11 posted 03-29-2010 03:18 PM

My biggest problem with HD and Lowes is that it seems like the veneer is much thinner than ply that you might buy at a hardwood lumber company. I built a couple of oak pieces some years ago using HD ply and the veneer was wafer thin vs what I have seen at non discount lumberyards. If you need or want to do any sanding you really have to be careful with HD ply.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 09:28 PM

I would definitely agree with the ply’s being of a lesser quality.My local HD and Lowes has very seldomly had a decent piece of wood. I think they get a big discount for buying air dried wood instead of quality kiln dried wood. I bought a few pressure treated posts last summer which were so wet inside that my saw blades would steam up after cutting them to length. Not to mention the fact that as soon as the concrete cured for the posts the twisted up and split like no tomorrow. I had one that almost twisted 45 degrees, not so good for a fence! As far as the insulation goes, it might have something to do with the enforcement of the new (2009) IECC (international Energy Conservation Code) code. Many states are following these new standards for new buildings and homes. One of the new standards requires that basement walls be insulated with R-19 batts or R-15 continuous sheets. Above grade walls are now R-30 batts and R-25 continuous sheets. So the demand for R-13 rolls just went down hill fast. I am not absolutely positive on the R-values, but you can check with your local building department to find out their requirements.

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 12:24 AM

That’s interesting Andy, particularly on the R-Value. I guess from my perspective, I’ve got 2×4 studs so it makes me the unintended beneficiary of the supply demand curve.

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 12:46 AM

I really needed a piece of birch a few weeks ago. I called my usual wood supplier only to find out that he was in Florida and wouldn’t be back until the 15th. But I really NEEDED the birtch so it was off to HD. Almost fell on my butt when I saw they were asking $35.00 a board. I was stuck so I started looking at it… I took about 7 pieces off the rack before I found one that wasn’t warped or cupped. $35.00… plus tax. I was so glad when my guy finally got back. I went to see him and got $50.00 worth of rough birtch… 4 times more than what I got for $35.00. I built my new basement steps a couple of years ago and bought all my wood from my guy… the total bill for the oak lumber was $200.00. Imagine what it would have cost if I bought the wood from HD… or any other outlet? I shutter to think about it.


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#15 posted 03-31-2010 12:55 AM

The HD in my area carries plywood by Columbia also, but they still don’t look too good to me. I don’t have the strength to lift and check every piece, they seem flat enough but the veneer is very thin, and I still see some voids. You have it far cheaper, here 3/4” Maple ply at HD is $60+ CDN

That’s not mentioning the sheathing grade plywood, by Columbia also, which are simply terrible. Warped and delamination everywhere. Whatever the company is, Home Depot will squeeze every last drop of profit out of them and inevitably quality will suffer.

-- Ed

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