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STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37729 05/05/04 07:28 PM
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arseegee Offline OP
Priced a 400A 480/277 service today for a customer. Got my MDP, subpanel and xfmr price and said "well i best just check the price on RMC for my stack and nipples".

3" RMC was only $8.97 a foot and 4" was $15.27 a foot.... UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

Thank God I dont have any big commercial jobs looming.

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Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37730 05/05/04 07:57 PM
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Heck, I paid $10 for a stick of 1" EMT all of a sudden. All of the scrap metal in this country is going to China: all the metal markets in this country are going nuts as a result.

Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37731 05/05/04 11:33 PM
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Lostazhell Offline
I with you guys.... I just paid $5.37/ft for 2" rigid.... On a similar note, if anyone here lives close to an "OSH, or Orchard Supply Hardware" I went to one in Los Angeles & their conduit was still priced "4 months ago!"
1/2 emt $.99/10'
3/4 emt $1.59/10'
and so on....
I have no idea if you'll find it that way at any other location, but Im assuming their pricing is from corporate


PS.. OSH on San Vicente & Venice Blvd's in LA is out of 1/2 through 1 inch EMT.. [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37732 05/06/04 12:19 AM
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DougW Offline
I'm doing a basement finish job for a buddy on the FD. He asked me about starting this job back in October - but, as a fellow contractor, his $ situation is, err, umm, flexible.

When I originally quoted him mats, it was about $14/500' Cu 14AWG, $18/500' Cu 12AWG, and $1.17/10' 1/2" EMT... about $600 in supplies, all told.

Now, with 14AWG Cu @ $19-23/500' nad EMT @ $.28/ft, he's gonna be over 1k in mats alone.

Hey Randy - better go back and buy a bunch of that stuff from OSH! It'll be worth the gas, it the truck can hold enough! [Linked Image]

Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37733 05/06/04 09:19 PM
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Lostazhell Offline
Doug... I already cleaned that place out on emt & a few rolls of #12 THHN... They only had about 1500' of 1/2" & 1100 of 3/4" in the building... My van was sagging dramatically with all this loaded in.. I need to hit a different OSH next time [Linked Image]


PS... Would I be a bad person if I returned some of that 1/2" emt to "the big orange box" for $3/stick & bought new tools? [Linked Image]

Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37734 05/06/04 09:53 PM
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When I was at a few home center stores I noticed that 2" rigid was $ 56.00 a stick but near it was 2" Galvinized plumbing pipe for $ 28.00 a stick. I know we get a threaded coupling on our pipe and it is "listed" but what is the real differance? Why is our ridgid double the price of galvinized plumbing pipe?

Around here I don't see much galvinized plumbing pipe used. Maybe it is left over from last year.

Has anyone ever cheated with plumbing pipe. What about using plumbing nipples?


Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37735 05/06/04 11:57 PM
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DougW Offline
I'll confess to using a plumbing nipple to run to an outdoor (RT) box through a wall when I first started out. I just ran a 1/2 round file through the inside to make sure it was smooth and fixed it up snug...

I was talking with my supplier, and he told me he'd found some old tickets from his former family EC business, and back in '94, 1/2" EMT was $0.12/ft. He said that the market never really adjusted over time; just now they're doing it in spades.

Re: STICKER SHOCK!!!!!! #37736 05/12/04 08:15 PM
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CTwireman Offline
Looks like there might be some relief in sight.

I took a bunch of old plumbing pipe to the recycling center today and was informed that metal prices are starting to fall.



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