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Old 08-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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I have an oppurtunity to buy 33, 32 clear span 2x6 rafters. They are made of rough cut pine, I think, and told by a friend they are stout.

How much are these worth? I don't have enough money to build a pole barn type structure at the moment, but I am thinking of getting these and just tarp them for awhile.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have an oppurtunity to buy 33, 32 clear span 2x6 rafters. They are made of rough cut pine,...
2x6 pine generally costs about $.40/ft for lengths up to around 16'. Longer 2x6s cost more/ft. But...

A 32 ft long 2x6 is quite long and not very strong all by itself. I can't imagine a 2x6 that long used as a "clear span rafter" unless it was twinned, used as the base of a truss, etc.

Could you confirm what length this lumber is?

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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Something else to think about. If a contractor will be building this pole barn, he'll need load capacity specs. Even if you were to be the GC on the job you might run into problems with these. It would be a shame to lose the roof because of rafters that were not built to the correct specs.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:32 AM   #4
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Something else to think about. If a contractor will be building this pole barn, he'll need load capacity specs. Even if you were to be the GC on the job you might run into problems with these. It would be a shame to lose the roof because of rafters that were not built to the correct specs.
are you thinking about trusses?
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Old 08-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #5
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OK....I'm not a builder. I called these rafters...but I also think of them as trusses. Can someone clarify the difference.

BTW .... I can get these for about $50 a piece...and we are talking 32 foot span. How much would new ones cost?

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are you thinking about trusses?
Yeah, sorry. When I read pole barn I pictured mine and it has trusses.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:00 PM   #7
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OK....I'm not a builder. I called these rafters...but I also think of them as trusses. Can someone clarify the difference.

BTW .... I can get these for about $50 a piece...and we are talking 32 foot span. How much would new ones cost?
these are trusses

these are rafters
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:43 PM   #8
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I have an oppurtunity to buy 33, 32 clear span 2x6 rafters. They are made of rough cut pine, I think, and told by a friend they are stout.

How much are these worth? I don't have enough money to build a pole barn type structure at the moment, but I am thinking of getting these and just tarp them for awhile.
They can be built better and stronger than what can be purchased at the lumber yard but a building inspector may require that you have a PE (lic.'ed professional engineer) sign off (signed letter with his seal) on them before he okays using them.

I think a phone call to your local lumber yard would give you a good idea of cost per truss. It's likely your location will influence the price some.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:13 PM   #9
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OK....I'm not a builder. I called these rafters...but I also think of them as trusses. Can someone clarify the difference.

BTW .... I can get these for about $50 a piece...and we are talking 32 foot span. How much would new ones cost?
For my 24' wide garage I had 5 scissor trusses & 14 "attic room" trusses built. Cost with tax & delivery was right at $100. a piece. This was a few months after Katrina, so the materials cost was a bit higher than now.

Trusses are built in a factory. They are held together with stamped steel plates underhigh pressure. A rafter roof is built on sight with nails. The pictures show the difference pretty well.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:09 PM   #10
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A truss is an assembly of boards.
A rafter is a single board.
Are these single boards or an assembly?
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I think a phone call to your local lumber yard would give you a good idea of cost per truss. It's likely your location will influence the price some.
Typically cost $4-$6 per running foot.

So a truss spanning 20" would cost $80-$120 each.
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Typically cost $4-$6 per running foot.

So a truss spanning 20" would cost $80-$120 each.
Don't you think it better to suggest calling than to provide a range that allows for 50% slop?

Besides, your numbers don't agree at all with what I find in Menards flyer that comes in the paper. The highest price per foot in it is 30 footers at $54.87. They don't list a 20' truss but the 22' is $36.79.

Like I said, call the place you would be buying from.
Note the Menards prices are for clear span and 62lbs./sq.ft. @ 24" spacing.
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Old 08-28-2008, 03:54 PM   #13
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I have not seen them, but I understand they are trusses. I think these would be a very good buy, but right now, I've got other expenses (ranch), and I'll have to let them pass.
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Don't you think it better to suggest calling than to provide a range that allows for 50% slop?

Besides, your numbers don't agree at all with what I find in Menards flyer that comes in the paper. The highest price per foot in it is 30 footers at $54.87. They don't list a 20' truss but the 22' is $36.79.

Like I said, call the place you would be buying from.
Note the Menards prices are for clear span and 62lbs./sq.ft. @ 24" spacing.
As I said, TYPICAL COST. This is not to be disputed, this is what most builders run with. This is also based upon last summers figures. Cost of materials + labor + markup + current market.

Your quotes per menards are probably old-stock or limited stock left over from a special order. There is no way their regular cost can be that low. It barely covers materials. Let alone labor + mark-up.

Unless they are actually taking a loss on every sale, which is possible due to the crappy market right now.

I just checked their online weekly flyer. No pricing listed.

And of course they should call around. They are going to have to call around to get them ordered anyhow.
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As I said, TYPICAL COST. This is not to be disputed, this is what most builders run with. This is also based upon last summers figures. Cost of materials + labor + markup + current market.

Your quotes per menards are probably old-stock or limited stock left over from a special order. There is no way their regular cost can be that low. It barely covers materials. Let alone labor + mark-up.

Unless they are actually taking a loss on every sale, which is possible due to the crappy market right now.

I just checked their online weekly flyer. No pricing listed.

And of course they should call around. They are going to have to call around to get them ordered anyhow.
Last weeks sale prices may be better than a year old estimate.
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No, I say "last summer" as in the summer we just had. The one that is coming to a close. Being in the building supply biz, we are very keen on building seasons. Our summer season is coming to a close.

That said, this winter looks to be VERY slow. We ( along with the rest of the nation ) can only hope that the market rebounds a bit next summer.
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At $50/pc you had better jump on them. A few years ago I bought 28 footers and they were $128/pc
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At $50/pc you had better jump on them. A few years ago I bought 28 footers and they were $128/pc
Yep, Right about $4.50 a foot.

Which fits the bill for my estimate of $4-$6 per running foot.
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