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place to get cheap slate?

i imagine it's pretty expensive at homedepot, anyone know what kinda place i could get it cheaper for?

i plan on making a rock wall for my 150gal using broken pieces like a mosaic.

and suggestions would be appreciated.
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i imagine it's pretty expensive at homedepot, anyone know what kinda place i could get it cheaper for?

i plan on making a rock wall for my 150gal using broken pieces like a mosaic.

and suggestions would be appreciated.
I know around here for any kind of rock and slate I go to a garden center/n ursery.
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garden & landscaping.
HD don't sell rocks,i don't think.


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HD does sell rocks in their home gardening and landscaping area outside. They are expensive. Best bet is to find a garden center/nursery although sometimes they are just as expensive if not moreso. At least that is my experience in my area.
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i know alot of their slate is for indoor/outdoor applications, where it's been cut into perfect tiles, i would buy it in any condition since i'll be breaking them up either way.
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i know alot of their slate is for indoor/outdoor applications, where it's been cut into perfect tiles, i would buy it in any condition since i'll be breaking them up either way.
If u find a gardening center, they should have an outside area with several different types and sizes of rocks bolders slate, etc...I get a lot of different rocks for scaping aquariums, and usually it costs nothing compared to a lfs or hardware store.
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Go to your local discount flooring center. Chances are they'll have leftovers from previous jobs. I traded an iced cappuccino for 8 square feet.

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lol, nice.
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Another option is find a landscaping business. One's around me have hundreds of tons of rock (slate included) laying in piles. Just call ahead and ask how much it would be to snag 50 pounds of it.
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man, i've been to alot of places havent found anyone with extra slate around or even in stock. anyone in the LA area know of a placE?
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Well if you can get say 4-6 people in on a pallet its still probably cheaper. Since a pallet (at least in my area) Is approx $200 so split a few ways and a pallet is a heck of a lot of rock too so you'll never need more.

I just steal mine from the pallet my parents just got for the garden, we've got leftover so I use that But I would talk to the local landscapers and landscaping businesses, they're really good about this stuff in my area. One is probably going to order me some black lava rock :hihi

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i got about 50 pounds of slate at a landsacping store taht was closing down a few months back for only $5 lol
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here are a couple of places near Los Angeles
http://www.thompsonbldg.com/index2.html
http://www.southcoastsupplyinc.com/p...htm?section=13
and could also try a search for building supplies/materials on google.
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You can get them at your local tile shops for ~$2-3 for a 1x1' piece. I forgot the exact price but it comes in a 10 pack box. I paid ~$30 per box.

If you are around El Monte, I bought them at this tile shop called ABC Co. but I think they've changed their name. They are located at the intersection of Valley Blvd and Durfee Rd., right next to this burger joint called Big D's(their burgers are the next closest to In & Out, you should try it if you decide to go visit the tile shop). They usually dont carry them at the store but will special order for you.

Or if you are just looking for a box, I can sell them to you for twenty five bucks. PM me if interested.
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Nevermind. I just read that you need it for a 150 gal. You should definitly go and order some from them. 10 pieces will not do...lol

I will see if I can find an old receipts. I used to make a pleco love shacks with these tiles.



JPhan, where is this land scape shop that youre refering to?
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