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    Author(s): D. B. McKeever; R. G. Anderson
    Source: (Resource bulletin FPL ; RB-19):25 p. : ill ; 28 cm.
    Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Large amounts of lumber and wood panel products are used annually for the repair and remodeling of residential structures and properties in the United States. In response to the need by government and industry for detailed information on this important market for timber products, a study was conducted by the Timber Demand and Technology Assessment Research Work Unit of the USDA Forest Service at the Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, and the Wood Products Promotion Council, with additional support from the American Plywood Association, Tacoma, WA. Results of this study estimate that the $97,528 million spent in 1991 for residential repair and remodeling resulted in the consumption of 14,934 million board feet (bf) of lumber, 6,599 million ft2, 3/8-in. basis of structural wood panels, and 3,716 million ft2, 3/8-in. basis of nonstructural wood panels. The use of wood varied considerably by expenditure type. About one-half of all expenditures were for improvements to the property and the remainder for maintenance and repairs. However, about 85 percent of all wood products were used for improvements. In general, additions, whether to the existing structure or apart (separate) from the structure, were the most wood-intensive activities undertaken; maintenance and repairs were the least wood-intensive. Regional wood products consumption is reported for room and garage additions because regional variations in building types and styles affect consumption. Estimated wood products use per $1,000 of constant residential repair and remodeling expenditures, by expenditure and project type, is also reported, as is estimated wood products use for millwork and miscellaneous manufactured products.

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    McKeever, D. B.; Anderson, R. G. Wood products used for residential repair and remodeling in the United States. 1991. (Resource bulletin FPL ; RB-19):25 p. : ill ; 28 cm.


    Wood products, Residential institutions, Dwellings, Repairing, Home maintenance, Household expenditure

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