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I have a chance to acquire some old lumber. I haven't seen it yet but I'm told it's various species, stacked and stickered, and indoors. What should I look for? I have no idea how old it is or if it's kiln dried or not, or if I should even care. Is there a rule about what percentage will be usable? I'm trying to figure out how much to offer the guy. Any advice?
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I'm trying to figure out how much to offer the guy. Any advice?
Tell him you will haul it off if he pays you $20.
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The real answer will take more questions from us, someone will come along and ask them soon. Like once you do get to look at it...how much is there ? What species ? Is it "used" or not (salvage full of nail) ? Is it infested with bugs (termites, powder post beetles) ?

Species/width/condition are going to be what to look for to help you price it.
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If it's been stickered for a long time, most likely it's dried to around 10% MC which is good. Like Daren said, look for signs of infestation, then see what species are there. Other than that, it's all what you're willing to pay, and what he's willing to take.
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Check and see how much checking/splitting is there. Like they said species and any bug infestation, Is there any warpage. I know that even if it is indoors and stickered there are usually things that the owners aren't aware of. I have gotten some real gem's and also have gotten some really unuseable stuff. Make sure it is thick enough for your uses. Especially if you will have to plane it. Good Luck and Bid Low.
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I recently bought some old (100 yr) doug fir barn lumber. It really all depends on what your using the wood for. I looked for fairly straight pieces (although nothing will be perfect) and something that didn't have any major defects. I used it for a table and even with some edge joining I still have a warp in the top. Most likely you have to put some time and sweat into getting the wood so that it can be used.
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yeah play dumb and don't show your cards. There's a sucker born everyday.
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