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William Shelley

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 05:58 PM

I can’t speak for home depots in other parts of the country, but in the pacific northwest, HD does not stock KD lumber longer than 104-5/8”. The KD lumber they carry: 2×3-96, 2×4-92-5/8, 2×4-96, 2×4-104-5/8, 2×6-92-5/8, and sometimes 2×6-96. All other dimensional lumber is “green”. That being said, even “green” lumber should not be dripping water. I would have been more picky when purchasing the wood in the first place.

HD and Lowes source commodity items like lumber from different mills and thus sometimes one unit will be much wetter, or be a different subspecies of Fir, etc. If you look up in the racking next time you’re at one of those stores you’ll probably see units of lumber with different mill’s wrapping on them.

And, again I can’t speak for other stores but at the two home depot stores I’ve worked at, if the unit of lumber that was available to pick from was significantly not to your liking, you can ask for a new unit to be dropped. It’s up to the discretion of the lumber department associate and/or the manager on duty, but I’ve done it for people many times and it was the norm at my stores, if someone was legitimately unhappy.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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