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Cinder block purchasing notes

Saving money when buying cinder blocks

You can't tell from this picture, but these cinder blocks are rejected seconds from the factory.

I wouldn't want to use them for building a basement wall, but time has proven with our cinder block creek ford that slightly imperfect blocks are fine for driveway applications like this.

The perfect blocks are 80 cents compared to the seconds at 55. A savings that adds up when you do a few truck loads.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Boy howdy, do I wish I could get cinder blocks for anything like that price! Where I live, new cinder blocks are around $3.00 each and only very occasionally show up used for $1.00 to $1.50 each...
Comment by alison Fri Oct 28 19:02:38 2011
That's the other factor Mark should have mentioned --- buying them direct from the cinder block plant. These are also the smaller 6 inch blocks, though, not the usual 8 inch blocks.
Comment by anna Fri Oct 28 20:12:44 2011

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