Originally Posted by motor_city_tele
Pine 2 x 6's, 8's, 10's, 12's can usually be had for free. Most any new construction building sites have a whole bunch sitting in a dumpster. I think the rule is if it ain't at least 24 inches long - chuck it.
The rule around here is, if it's leftover and under $500 - chuck it. Lumber, sheet rock, shingles, whatever.
They figure it's not worth the time and effort to return it to the lumber yard. I work with a guy who did some home construction work for a bit after he retired from the Army, and he got ALL the materials to re-roof and remodel his house for free that way.