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Last weekend I went to Home Despot with C to get some 1x12 for the bookshelf we're building him. We picked up a pile of boards marked "1x12x4'", but yesterday I finally got around to measuring them. One is actually 4 feet long; the rest are between 47-1/2 and 47-3/4, depending on which side of the nonsquare cuts you measure. This isn't just kerf, it's enough to make HD about a nickel a board on their volume of precut lumber, and more like a few bucks a board by forcing people to buy the next size up. The last time I was buying dimensioned lumber in quantity, the rule was that you got at least the length you paid for, not at most.  Caveat emptor, I know, but I've got half a mind to drop al ine to the local consumer fraud people for mismarking.

So yesterday C and I went to the local lumberyard to get a piece of trim molding for the bookcase, just to make it look pretty (ha!). Eight feet of chair rail that I'll trim one side from. When we got it home, not that we actually need all eight feet, I measured it: 95-3/4.

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pir_anha
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: How long have lumberyards been cheating this blatantly?
hm. that's incredibly annoying. and AFAIK they're not doing that here.

i _would_ drop a note, not just to consumer fraud, but to the shops themselves.
flarenut
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: How long have lumberyards been cheating this blatantly?
Thanks. I dropped a note to the store, who replied that they would investigate, in a way that makes me pretty sure they'll blow it off.
flarenut
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: How long have lumberyards been cheating this blatantly?
Amazing: I got a phone call from somebody at the store (which annoyed me, since I'd told them not to call me), and after a lot of go-round about how the 4-foot lengths don't run true to length, but all the longer ones do, he pretty much insisted on crediting half the lumber order. And I didn't even have to go in.

I still think HD is rotten, but I feel better about it.
pir_anha
Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: How long have lumberyards been cheating this blatantly?
excellent. i love it when complaints actually lead to some sort of positive result.

i'll check out the 4' lengths here; i never buy that size, so maybe they do it here too. did he say why they don't run true?
flarenut
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Re: How long have lumberyards been cheating this blatantly?
He said that for 4' they buy "an economy grade" of lumber, which doesn't really make much sense (indeed, from the unsquareness of the cuts they probably do it in-house). Obviously you can get a bunch of 4's out of tag-ends you couldn't cut into longer boards, but shorting a half inch doesn't really make that job so much easier.

However, if you're faced with a pile of 4/8/12/16 with unacceptable cracking or wane or bitten by a forklift on one or both ends, you can turn it into 4' pieces that are mostly going to be used by bozos who want cheap shelving lumber, and for those people half an inch makes no difference...
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