Construction supplies tight?
We are in the middle of a small build and finding construction items in short supply, anyone else?
In our off grid build, the refrigerator of choice is a Samsung low energy unit, we apparently got the last one in the Home Depot system, next delivery date is being quoted as March 2021.
Underground feeder wire seems to be tight as well.
Doors and windows are running about 8 weeks out, we changed our build to match on hand stock.
We were lucky to pull the trigger on a lot of things when Chris gave the alert on Covid, our solar panels and inverter are on hand. According to our supplier, they are getting tight as well.
We are admittedly in a small market with mini big box stores, what are you seeing in your neck of the woods? Are you able to find what you need?
A friend of mine owns a small fencing business focusing on ag/farm fencing. The material for the jobs they quoted 6 months ago has doubled in price, if they can even get it (good luck getting any treated wood). Customers aren’t happy and are canceling. They either can’t/won’t afford the new price or think they are being lied to. My friend is very worried about the rest of this year for their business. Business was finally looking up for them this year. They may have to lay off the few good workers they were able to find.
Yep prices are going up exponentially. Talked to the lumberyard manager yesterday and he said they can still get lumber but doesn’t know what he is getting. Basically “this is what we have, you want it?” He has a standing order for whatever treated he can get.
Went in to Lowe’s the other day and there were a lot of empty racks in the lumber aisles.
There is a YouTuber, Uneducated Economist, who is great! Yep, lumber is going way up and is getting harder and harder to find. The Uneducated Economist works at a lumber yard in Oregon. IMO he would make an interesting Adam interviewee.
Weekly chart for Lumber futures (finviz.com). Hell of a run. 400’s in Jan, 250 at April crash, record 700 now.
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A friend of mine hired a contractor to build an outside deck on her house. But there wasn’t enough pressure-treated lumber to do the job all at once. The contractor had to do it piece-meal, as pressure treated lumber became available. They did finally get the job done, but it took a while. It brought home to me that getting carpentry jobs done now isn’t a given anymore, due to material shortages.