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Homebuyers’ wallets hammered as prices spike for plywood substitute

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A record run-up in prices for Oriented Strand Board, a once-cheap plywood substitute, is forcing Americans to pay up $4,600 more on average to buy their dream home than six months ago. The rally is hurting builders and buyers of new houses while bringing windfalls to manufacturers such as Norbord and Weyerhaeuser.

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