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Wood demand spikes as inventory slips; Do-it-yourselfers, mill closings add stress to already busy construction market

Jul 20, 2020 - Crain's Cleveland Business

The past few years, Britt Raburn, owner of Lyndhurst Lumber Inc. in Lyndhurst, had wondered what became of do-it-yourselfers.

In the meantime, he increasingly focused on contractors and the company doing projects itself. But about six weeks ago, the DIY market came back. Suddenly.

"That's when the phone started ringing off the hook with people looking for lumber," Raburn said, as eager homeowners stuck at home decided it would be a good time to add a new deck and the big-box stores h...