I forgot to use P/T wood in my basement

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Old 08-05-08, 01:32 PM
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I forgot to use P/T wood in my basement

Is there any paint on solution I can use to make up for non pressure treated wood in my basement. I framed the basement and did not know the wood touching the concrete needed to be P/T. Any suggestions. I looked in some homes that are being built and the wood in the basement is not P/T at first but later on in the build phase the wood looks be have been painted with a light green substance.
 
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Old 08-05-08, 03:13 PM
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Too late to add any treatment, it needs to be on the side that contacts the concrete. Not sure what you are seeing. Manufacturers often color code the ends of a palette of studs, and green is one of the colors commonly used. And there are studs treated, but not with the 'horrible' chemicals you are used to seeing.

Untreated plates will last 5-10 yrs, depending on conditions.
 
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Old 08-05-08, 04:10 PM
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How did you attach the plates to the concrete? Did you use a powder actuated charge, tapcons, concrete nails? If tapcons, you may be able to unscrew them, cut the bottom nails with a reciprocating saw and metal blade, remove the untreated plates and install a pressure treated plate. If it has to be inspected, it will fail without the pt under it.
 
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Old 08-09-08, 02:25 PM
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Whether it will last or not really depends on your local conditions.

Try the square of plastic taped to the concrete floor to see if moisture is coming through the concrete. If it is, you probably should bite the bullet and redo.

The paint on stuff is nowhere near as protective as what comes from the lumbermill.
 
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Old 08-09-08, 06:47 PM
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PT in homes is over done! If you don't have a moisture issue id let it go.
 
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