where do you get sono tube?

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  1. Bryan Michael

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    where do you get sono tube? and how much is it?
     
  2. Jon Torres

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    concrete supply stores and it depends.
     
  3. Travis G

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    It really does depend on the size of the tube and how much weight in concrete it is designed to support. For my last sub project I only had to get a 4' long x 1' diameter for a car sub. It cost me ~$7. But when I built the one for my home I had to buy a 10' long x 2' diameter and it cost me ~$80.

    The tube for the car sub I just bought @ Home Depot and the one for my home I bought @ a lumber yard.

    Travis
     
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    8" and 12" are the most common tubes and some home hardware stores carry these dirt cheap compared to the other sizes (in my area Wichita, KS one store sells a 12' length of either at less than $15) but the other sizes (diameter) are usually sold in minimum lengths of 12' at $2.50/foot (with some stores charging more for the extra large diameter of 32"+). My advice is contact shops in your area and maybe get a friend to go in as well (they might want a sub as well) since these usually are high $ to ship. I know one store offers one free cut but the quality of the cut for a sub purpose (flat and level) might not be adequate so buyer beware.
     
  5. PeterV

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    hi bryan,

    i contacted the local concrete supply stores

    in my search for sonotube. the price varied

    between the 3 places i checked out. if i remember

    correctly the 22" diam., 6'length of sonotube

    was approx. $45US. they required i purchase at

    least a 6' length.

    one thing i'd like to mention that might be

    helpful for you. the supply store where i

    went had a saw for cutting sonotube. i had

    done the calculations previous and knew the

    exact length of sonotube i needed. they

    were nice enough to cut it to that exact length,

    and the cut itself was smooth requiring

    only minimal sanding. it was also easier to

    transport home, being in 2 pieces.

    enjoy your sonosub endeavor!

    pete v.s.
     
  6. PeterV

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    hi bryan,

    i contacted the local concrete supply stores

    in my search for sonotube. the price varied

    between the 3 places i checked out. if i remember

    correctly the 22" diam., 6'length of sonotube

    was approx. $45US. they required i purchase at

    least a 6' length.

    one thing i'd like to mention that might be

    helpful for you. the supply store where i

    went had a saw for cutting sonotube. i had

    done the calculations previous and knew the

    exact length of sonotube i needed. they

    were nice enough to cut it to that exact length,

    and the cut itself was smooth requiring

    only minimal sanding. it was also easier to

    transport home, being in 2 pieces.

    enjoy your sonosub endeavor!

    pete v.s.
     
  7. Alexis

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    In the bay area, broadmoor building supplies quoted me $7.50 per foot for 18" diameter sonotube with a 4 foot min purchase.

    Has anyone found a better price for this in the bay area? Home depot only has 12" tubes.
     
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    Alexis,

    If you want to drive down to San Jose there are several options down here. I just got my 18" diameter sonotube 45" long for $17 cut straight and everything. I got it from Orco. Check your phone book for concrete forms/accessories. The average was $5/ft for 18" here. Orco had it for just under that.
     
  9. Jedd

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    You can check WhiteCap Direct
    A bit more expensive, but they sell tubes by feet, so you can order exactly what you need. Shipping is around 10 bucks.
     
  10. Alexis

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    Thanks,

    I noticed that whitecap has tubes with a "heavy" wall, has anyone tried those to see how much heavier the walls are?
     

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