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NYCNYC
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Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
I'm sorry, I've been searching all morning by my damn internet keeps defaulting to American websites.

All I want to know is how much is an 8 foot 2x4 piece of wood. Do you have 2x4s? Or has cut lumber not made it out to the UK and y'all just live in large log cabins?

In the US, an 8' 2x4 is just under $3 and a 10 footer is just over $3.

THIS is a 2x4.

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How much is one in the UK?

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Mr MajestikSILVER Member
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Posted:
oh cool, who you gunna smack over the head with it? wink

i have no idea how much it is in the UK or here, next time i go by a hardware shop i'll check for you.

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colemanSILVER Member
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Posted:
try searching on 0.61x1.22 instead wink


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Blasphemous GirlSILVER Member
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Posted:
ha ha i work for a timber importer in the UK and we have lots and lots of cut lumber!!

um a good website to try is https://www.merton-timber.co.uk
they are based in the London area and i'm sure they have prices on their web site.

good luck ! smile

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BirgitBRONZE Member
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Posted:
If you're using google... did you try the advanced search?

https://www.google.co.uk/advanced_search?hl=en

It has a function where you can search for certain domains, so those ending on .co.uk in that case smile works for me, and my default is German.

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Hey NYC



Untreated PAR (planed all round) will cost ya 2.50 / meter.....



is your just after sawn then (rough finish) then 1.75 / meter......



thats to general public - where i work we would get about 50% discount from that smile



What you building?



one of our big timber suppliers to the public is - travis perkins or jewsons



cool

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
*waits for Neon to comment on Strugz' knowledge of wood*

Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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Posted:
Well you're gonna be waiting a little while longer Ms Maus!!!

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
ubblol

strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
ubblol

and why comment on my knowledge of wood?

i have knowledge of most building materials you know wink

smile

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Er....thought I'd invite you over next time we were building a shed or somethin... ubbangel

Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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Posted:
A Bike Shed perhaps? biggrin

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
ubblol

now that wood, be a good idea ubblol

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
rolleyes

strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
ubbloco

well its your fault - a fricken shed, i mean, we build multi million pound ridgid structures and you want advice on a shed ! rolleyes

wink

ubblol

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
*kicks the feet out from underneath Strugz' high horse....runs off before she gets into trouble*

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
damn - and i was waiting for you to bite on my ridgid structure rolleyes

oh well, - maybe Dave will ubblol

Anyway - where is NYC - is it sleep time over there now?

I wonder why he wants wood here? maybe he is building a shed for Molly and him? confused

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Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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Posted:
What can one say? She prefers more inimate structures...

I'm sure you prefers to see what you can do with your hands...

*achem* offtopic

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
build sheds biggrin

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mausBRONZE Member
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Posted:
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damn - and i was waiting for you to bite on my ridgid structure rolleyes




Been there...done that....

Anyway..... wink


offtopicindeed......

Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
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Posted:
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damn - and i was waiting for you to bite on my ridgid structure rolleyes

oh well, - maybe Dave will ubblol




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NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
We just got back from Playa Del Fuego (regional burningman burn festival weekend thingie) and our themecamp built one of these and threw tarps over it making a really nice shade/rain structure to sit around in. It's only $65 + lumber.


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I loved it so much I was daydreaming about bringing it to EJC but I don't know how I'd get 25 pieces of lumber out there. And the fact that y'all are in metric and the system is in inches makes it even more difficult.

Harder to bring the themecamp love to Ireland than I thought...

Oh well, a boy can always dream.

ubbangel

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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Posted:
There are other kits like that NYC that involve poles and connectors.... I'll see if I can find you a web page. They use...if my memory serves me right..... broom handle sized poles for the small structures and slightly thicker poles for the bigger ones.



If you want to look it up yourself I think they were called geo-dome kits.... but my memory isn't all that reliable so they might have another name and I just imagined that one biggrin



[edit]

I found This american site for the connectors. I'm sure there are british ones somewhere too. I just haven't managed to find them in my quick Google search. I'll take a better look tomorrow when I'm less tired.



This site might interest you too. I only skimmed through it but it has plans for very complex domes on there if you want to be adventurous. ubbrollsmile
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alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
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Posted:
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There are other kits like that NYC that involve poles and connectors....




don't they call those things tents or marquee's wink biggrin

NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: strugz


Hey NYC

Untreated PAR (planed all round) will cost ya 2.50 / meter.....

is your just after sawn then (rough finish) then 1.75 / meter......





Firstly, that's a fortune. Secondly, I find it strange that I still can't find that anywhere on the internet.

Here's what I found from a US site:

KD Hem-fir/SPF Estimating Guide, 8' 10' 12' 14' 16' 18' 20'
2x4 $2.60 $3.26 $3.91 $4.63 $5.30 $0.00 $6.68
2x6 $3.73 $4.74 $5.69 $6.64 $7.58 $8.67 $9.64
2x8 $4.80 $6.00 $7.38 $8.68 $9.92 $11.16 $12.40
2x10 $6.48 $9.56 $9.56 $11.15 $12.74 $14.58 $16.20
2x12 $7.58 $9.40 $11.19 $13.05 $14.92 $17.06 $18.96

I'm guessing that you'd call that PAR since it's like the above pictured wood which is smooth on all sides. That means that for a 10 foot piece of wood, I'm paying $3.26 and you're paying around $10 (more than 2 meters x 2.50 pounds)?

Yikes. Nevermind my shade structure indeed.

But why can't I find sites online? Is buying lumber uncommon in the UK? I do it all the time for art projects and my apartment. confused

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Gayle......!SILVER Member
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Location: Bristol !!!!!!, United Kingdom


Posted:
NYC, most bristish sites won't list prices for wood, you actually have to go into the stores. For examples one of the biggest DIY stores in the country B&Q, do not list timber on their site (www.diy.com) but you have to into the store. Put a plea out to anyone that works in B&Q, Wickes, Travis Perkins, homebase etc and ask them to nip up the timber aisle and tell you.

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Your right dude - it is wierd, i buy timber all the time, but in large quatities and with huge discounts so i dont really notice.

Over here it is amazing how building material supply companies rip off the general public. I mean our standard discounts with most suppliers is 50% with some its up to even 85%.

Which in my eyes really puts into context how much our commercial compainies rip off the general public.

Sad thing is since the DIY boom over here thanks to programmes like "changing rooms" really has made the industry capitalise on the nieve public.

Tiz a shame as the big bosses in our construction marklet are fricken loaded!

Most of our products are imported as well, where as i would imagine yours are obtainable from your "own" land, if you get what i mean, our country thrives on TAX, youve been here, surely youve noticed wink

I like the structure idea though smile

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NYCNYC
9,232 posts
Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
It is strange. I did the math a while back and found that I'm about 6 times richer living here than there. My teacher salary is about 3 time what it would be in the UK and everything costs about half here.

*shrug*

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colemanSILVER Member
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Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
firstly lumber is called timber here - that's probably what was messing with your searches smile



i know that, in general, we are much less addicted to hardwood than america is.



for example, hardwood decking here is very rare as far as i know (due i'd guess to the average house size and type?).



here is travis perkins timber catalogue:

https://www.jewson.co.uk/en/download/brochure/category/TimberPanel/2Inners.pdf

(you want page 9 onwards)



you can get wood, but as strugz said, you will be ripped off unless you already have a good relationship with a builder's merchant.





cole. x

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strugzBRONZE Member
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Posted:
 Written by: coleman





anyway, here is travis perkins timber catalogue:

https://www.jewson.co.uk/en/download/brochure/category/TimberPanel/2Inners.pdf

(you want page 9 onwards)









Funny looking travis perkings catalouge biggrin



Its not often i get to pick holes in your information giving wink



ubblol

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colemanSILVER Member
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Posted:
okay, i admit it - i'm a shameless, subversive marketing agent for jewson's redface

wink


cole. x

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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
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