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looking to buy ipe--online sellers okay?

ndege's picture

For the life of me, I can't see a way to search the forum for this topic.

 

I'm going to build a deck with ipe. Anyone use Advantage Lumber or another online wholesaler?

To search use regular Google (post #215419, reply #1 of 4)

To search use regular Google but add site:forums.finehomebuilding.com to your search parameter.


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I took my online price to the (post #215419, reply #2 of 4)

I took my online price to the local guy here (Shoreline Lumber) and they matched it with delivery. I was happy to buy local.

Greg

Advantage is great price wise (post #215419, reply #3 of 4)

Advantage is great price wise but their service is non-exsistant afterward. Also, they only deliver to the street and getting the material off the truck and to the deck location is all on you. The labor can eat up any savings very quickly. Ipe is like lead weights. Buy local.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Haven't had a problem in the (post #215419, reply #4 of 4)

Haven't had a problem in the past, but I also unload the truck with a crew of 6-8 guys and/or a forklift. Moving Ipe is hellish regardless, so if you're willing to unload and don't have to move it a mile, I'd say go for it.

However, I always support buying local, so if you can get a fair price locally that's always the best option IMO.