An Update on Lumber Costs During the Pandemic | Ep. 121


Stacked lumber
Lumber prices aren’t down to pre-pandemic levels, but as of June 2021, consumers are starting to see some relief.
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Lumber prices have been (and still are) the talk of the home improvement world for several months now. What we do know is that prices are coming down — at least, a little bit.

In the last year, lumber prices have skyrocketed over 250%, making home improvement projects a little tougher than usual. If lumber isn’t sold out in some stores, it’s simply too expensive to purchase in others, homeowners say. 

Slowly but surely, prices have fallen since early May of this year (2021), but many people are worried that they will begin to rise again.

While prices aren’t nearly as high as they were, demand is making supply limited, leading to lumber flying off the shelves.

All we can do is listen to the experts and hope the price continues to decrease. 

Listen to our podcast to learn more about this issue, and get lots of home improvement tips!

Simple Solutions

No-Scratch Sawhorses — Sawhorses are great for cutting plywood or lumber, but when you’re using them to support finished pieces like a door or tabletop, you could scratch up the workpiece. To prevent this from happening, all you need is a strip of carpet.

First, cut a remnant piece of carpet about 5 inches wide and a little longer than the horizontal rail of the sawhorse.

Next, set the carpet on top of the sawhorse rail, centered on the rail, then press it down to conform to the top of the sawhorse.

Then, attach the carpet with a few staples driven into the sides of the rail. Don’t staple into the top because if the staples work loose, they might scratch your workpiece.

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Pull-Tab Picture Hanger — Next time you pop open your favorite can of soda or beer, break off the pull tab from the top of the can. The small metal tabs are handy for hanging framed pictures, mirrors, and posters.

Then, screw one tab to each of the rear and upper corners of the frame, then bend the top of the tabs out slightly. Now hang the frame on two nails.

Note that smaller frames will only need one pull-tab hanger screwed to the rear, center of the frame.

Question of the Week

Q: Is there a way I can bring up cool basement air to the upper living level during summertime? The air is always cooler in the basement than anywhere else in my house and just curious to see if this was possible.

A: What you don’t want to do is pump any of the humidity into other areas of your home. The challenge is that cool air sinks and hot air rises.

Here’s what we suggest: register booster fans. Essentially, they are a floor vent hooked up to a heating/cooling duct that helps bring hot or cool air into the room.

If you cut these into the floor and hook it up to an electrical circuit and not to ductwork, and open directly to the basement, it’ll be blowing the basement air into the living space.

I recommend the ones with the blower wheel as they are much quieter.

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