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Old August 30th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default New to fabricating. Where to get square and round tube, and Diamond plate?

First off, I hope this is in the right forum

Hey all, I am new to fabricating. I have done a bit of welding, but most of it has been on scrap metal, or small repairs. Now I am looking to start building some things. Where do you all get good prices on metal? I was at home depot and they wanted like 25.00 for a 10"x10" sheet of diamond plate. Metal scrap yards? how does that work? do you have to cut it yourself?

sorry if these are stupid questions.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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If you are in waterford, go to pontiac steel, they are just off the 'loop' in pontiac.

When you go to the steel yard, you get the best price buying in full sticks, which are around 20-24 ft long. You can buy smaller, but its a little more expensive.

They will cut for you, for a small fee. If you buy plate there, they usually send that out to be cut, if you need precice pieces.

They also have small pieces racks with pieces up to about 10 ft long, that stuff is about 50 cents a pound or so...
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x2 on pontiac steel if you want new steel. People drive from over an hour away because their prices are great.

if you are looking for cheap budget builds, or just want to find scrap metal to learn how to weld, scrap shops are great. I have found some great deals on square stock and square tube from them. I would be hesitant about buying round tube from them though, since it is hard to tell pipe from tube, and HREW from DOM once it has been weathering outside unpainted for a while. I don't know any scrap yards in that area though, since I'm rarely in Waterford.
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great info! very appreciated.
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