Seems like the year for huge price increases.......

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ground Master, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    Poly pipe has gone thru the roof. Paid .18 foot a month ago, now 2 different distributors sell it for .23 to .25 a foot!

    So, I stop in home depot and there 100' roll is 12.07........I was tempted, but probably lower quality

    Rainbird valve boxes were 16 or 17 last year, now 30.97
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is still a lot of high-priced polyethylene resin in the supply line, and it will be a while before things shake out.
     
  3. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I feel your pain, you are not alone. :angry: :realmad: :angry: :realmad:
     
  4. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You seem to know a lot. What is your guestimate?
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just googled up a couple of articles, and it all points to an expensive spring. Resin producers kept supplies low, as natural gas was falling from the post-Katrina high, and they're not falling over themselves to boost production and loosen up the market. I don't know what options the pipe manufacturers have, but to pay the going price for the material they use. And the cost of transport figures into this, as well.
     
  6. Are Febco backflow preventers made out of resin as well.....sheeeeeesh!
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    It costs a lot to ship them from China :usflag:
     
  8. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    that was the first price increase I noticed.... $4 more for me this year
     
  9. kerdog

    kerdog LawnSite Member
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    Saw in one of the trade rags, that Watts has purchased Febco...fwiw...

    kerdog
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does that mean we will get a PVB that combines crummy O-ring poppet seals with easy-to-break plastic bonnets? I can hardly wait.
     

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