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Post  retired member 2 on 3/26/2011, 9:46 pm

Man did I get a shock today! Went to HD to buy wood lath for my gird. The sticker on the display said .72 so I pulled out 4 14 ft pieces. Waited patiently at the cutting area and no one ever showed up, so my husband cut them for me into 4 ft. lengths. Got to the check out and the .72 was a FOOT not a piece! It was $40.00 all together. I am glad that I had extra $ budgeted for my beds, but this really ticked me off. I think they need to be a litle clearer in their pricing. Meanwhile, I've got some REALLY nice lath. Sad

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 3/26/2011, 9:51 pm

Oh my gosh!! I think you might have gotten the wrong thing. I got mine from HD in 4ft precut lengths for 29cents a piece. They also came in large bundles of 50 or 100, I didn't stick around to get the exact count, for $11.

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Post  Megan on 3/26/2011, 9:55 pm

Oh no.... My husband and I have both worked for big box stores, I am not really familiar with the building materials section, I worked the other side, but it really does sound like you got something definitely NOT lath. (I'd ask DH but he's asleep, sorry.) Glad you had some extra in the budget. I'm sure it smarts right now but maybe you'll be able to laugh about it later.

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Post  milaneyjane on 3/26/2011, 10:00 pm

Are you sure they didn't ring it up wrong? I think I would still call back and let them know that it was marked as .72. I have never heard of them marking it per foot like that when it is in one piece.

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Post  Megan on 3/26/2011, 10:03 pm

Lath shouldn't be even $0.72 per piece.

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Post  happycamper on 3/26/2011, 10:18 pm

That is very expensive, I paid 29 cents each for 4 foot pieces. I am wondering if your purchase was cedar or redwood? Even a standard 1"x2"x8' is 79 cents a piece in Portland, OR. It may be worth a trip back to the store with the receipt to make sure you were not overcharged for what you purchased.

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Post  retired member 2 on 3/26/2011, 10:45 pm

The guy who rung me up was very sympathetic. He said that before he worked there, he bought something from them that was priced like that too. He said they really needed to be cleaarer in their pricing. I am sending an email of complaint to the company.

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Post  sheslostit on 3/27/2011, 8:15 am

I would definately call them. I bought my lath from HD and it was dirt cheap. Don't remember exactly what it cost but i think it was around 20cents a foot or so. I remember it being rung up and saying..wow that's cheep. You may have grabbed some trim or have been rung up for some trim since they usually keep them right next to each other.

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Post  NHGardener on 3/27/2011, 9:02 am

I had a hard time finding cheap lath at Lowes too. I ended up not buying it because a 4' length was almost $3, and I thought - I must be doing something wrong, Mel said it was like .25 or something like that. There wasn't anyone around to ask so I figured I'd wait until later.

I think there are 2" wide strips that are wood strips and not lath? Don't know, but I'm not buying it till I find the cheap stuff.

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Post  HPartin on 3/27/2011, 11:19 am

I have 2 4x4's with lath. I have one 4x4 with mason string. I like the look and usefulness of the string way more. I am about to start up 3 more boxes and I will definitely grid them with string. I probably spent $5 for years worth of grids.

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Post  Glendale-gardener on 3/27/2011, 11:36 am

Yeah, I like the string because I can still dump more MM on top of the bed after settling, spread it out, and then snap the strings to get the MM off them, easy peasy.

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Post  Lindacol on 3/27/2011, 3:21 pm

clb58 wrote:Man did I get a shock today! Went to HD to buy wood lath for my gird. The sticker on the display said .72 so I pulled out 4 14 ft pieces. Waited patiently at the cutting area and no one ever showed up, so my husband cut them for me into 4 ft. lengths. Got to the check out and the .72 was a FOOT not a piece! It was $40.00 all together. I am glad that I had extra $ budgeted for my beds, but this really ticked me off. I think they need to be a litle clearer in their pricing. Meanwhile, I've got some REALLY nice lath. Sad

I'm pretty sure the wood lath at my local HD was out in the gardneing area and not in the building supply area. I looked at it but since mine are cinder block beds I haven't figured out how or even if I want to have a grid attached. Anyone with ideas how to do it with string? As in how to attach to blocks?

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Post  thebaums on 3/27/2011, 3:29 pm

I needed to get my grid in quickly at the end of the day, so I used twine with a nail tied at each end stretched between the stone pavers I used for my box. Turned out that it looked pretty good and took very little time. I got a 50 ft. length of the twine they use at Lowes to secure a customer's purchase. I asked a service rep to help locate twine, and after a brief discussion he asked how much I wanted and cut it to length for me. Looks good, and even better, it was free!!!!!!!

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Post  Megan on 3/27/2011, 3:34 pm

Last year I used twine, and I attached it in two different ways: Screws, where I could. Drive in screw almost to the bottom, then tie off, screw in a little more. Then where I did not have wood available to screw into (long story), I used railroad spikes. These look like huge nails about 6" long. They are cheap and long enough that they won't come out of the MM easily once you push them in. Here is a picture from last year:



Hope this helps!

I am building new beds in my backyard last year. I want to do twine again, but I have told myself I am going to do one bed with lath just to see how I like it.

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Post  NHGardener on 3/27/2011, 4:16 pm

I read in Mel's book that it is not a square foot garden unless it has lath. Smile

So if you use twine, you have to go to some other forum because we're kicking you off here. rofl

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Post  camprn on 3/27/2011, 4:22 pm

@NHGardener wrote:I read in Mel's book that it is not a square foot garden unless it has lath. Smile

So if you use twine, you have to go to some other forum because we're kicking you off here.
Does it really say that? I don't remember seeing that. :scratch: I was under the impression they used that lath for the grid and because it photographs well... I could be wrong of course. study


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Post  Megan on 3/27/2011, 4:27 pm

Actually, he mentions string, Venetian blind slats, and scrap wood as well. He says (somewhere near page 63) that blinds and lath are inexpensive. He is always trying to find ways to make it affordable for us, after all! Very Happy

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Post  NHGardener on 3/27/2011, 4:50 pm

Oh my gosh, you are so right! I looked it up (because I'm neurotic that way) and he says if you don't have a GRID it's not a sfg. Smile

I'm hoping all these new vegetables will restore a few brain cells. Smile

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Post  cachecrashers4 on 3/27/2011, 5:22 pm

We had a customer in the store the other day asking if she could take the plastic straps that come around our lifts of lumber for her SFG. I thought that was a very creative idea.

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Post  boffer on 3/27/2011, 5:25 pm

@NHGardener wrote:I read in Mel's book that it is not a square foot garden unless it has lath. Smile

So if you use twine, you have to go to some other forum because we're kicking you off here. rofl
Bless your heart, you punked camp! rofl

I suggested a while back that Mel doens't like string because it doesn't photograph well. More and more folks are beginning to use string.

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Post  camprn on 3/27/2011, 5:32 pm

@boffer wrote:
@NHGardener wrote:I read in Mel's book that it is not a square foot garden unless it has lath. Smile

So if you use twine, you have to go to some other forum because we're kicking you off here.
Bless your heart, you punked camp!

I suggested a while back that Mel doens't like string because it doesn't photograph well. More and more folks are beginning to use string.
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Post  milaneyjane on 3/27/2011, 5:38 pm

So where does that put those of us that don't fit either category??? I measure it out with lathe and plant and then remove it the same day. Razz Razz Razz We don't have a long enough season to plant a second crop and I really don't have use for the string once the plants are up.

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Post  boffer on 3/27/2011, 5:44 pm

@milaneyjane wrote:So where does that put those of us that don't fit either category??? I measure it out with lathe and plant and then remove it the same day. Razz Razz Razz We don't have a long enough season to plant a second crop and I really don't have use for the string once the plants are up.

LOL I do the same thing in some boxes! But those boxes sure look nekid until the plants get bigger!

Actually, it really bugs me to see a box without a grid...

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Post  NHGardener on 3/27/2011, 6:01 pm

@milaneyjane wrote:We don't have a long enough season to plant a second crop and I really don't have use for the string once the plants are up.

You are obviously NOT an engineer. rofl

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Post  Patch on 3/27/2011, 6:54 pm

Don't feel bad, I did the same thing at HD. I think they prey upon us sore thumb people.

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