He began building a fence but put the project on hold when he discovered it unimaginable to supply new fence posts. Stacked neatly in his yard is a minivan-size pile of gray lumber, all stuff Buhr salvaged from dumpsters and a fence demolition project. Musselwhite says the availability of treated lumber, the sort that’s going into all these new decks and fences, shrank early in the pandemic, as stay-at-home orders slowed manufacturing. With the massive spike in demand, costs for deck boards and fence posts greater than doubled — and provide dried up. Similar with framing lumber, the type used to make the skeletons of single household properties. The restaurant Camille works for furloughed her this past spring, so the budget for this project is proscribed, however like lots of other do-it-yourselfers and contractors this yr, Camille bumped into material shortages.

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