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Published March 7th 2014
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In my search for cheap pine decking what I thought would be a simple ring around ended up being much more complicated than I had anticipated. Instead of just asking for a price per metre, I needed to calculate the lengths needed and compare the prices across stores according to the length that they stocked.
Even the preparation is time consuming. It helps if you have a host of mummy's little helpers
For example, Bunnings had cheap prices per length ($2.29 per metre) but only stocked small amounts of some sizes such as 3.6 and 5.8. That meant I would be paying for lots of offcuts.
Mitre 10 in Diamond Creek was very helpful in calculating lengths that would suit my decking size but they were more expensive at $2.50 per lineal meter.
Uptons in Epping advertised decking at $1.30 per metre but unfortunately they don't stock it any more. They did suggest the shop next door called Australian Treated Pine. They are a large establishment that you drive through and a forklift simply puts the stock onto the back of your trailer.
Finally getting some of the timber laid
Actually I was so impressed I mentioned this to the forklift driver who said that he had done this every day for five years. It certainly showed.
Australian Treated Pine were also open to negotiation. In the end we bought two packs which had about 24 extra boards in it. We paid $2.20 per metre and got the extra boards free. This helps compensate for the boards that are not perfect call or have knots (expected) in any pack.
We also got a bargain box of screws, 500 for $55. These were $40 per box of 200 at Bunnings.
Although I wasn't interested in the more expensive woods such as Merbau they are available at Australian Treated Pine. Go figure.
A lot of work but what a difference
If you're building your own decking or need treated pine (or other cheap wood) it's worth calling Australian Treated Pine. If only they would build the deck… then I'd be really happy.