Acceptable wood quality for deck?

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Old 07-30-15, 06:17 PM
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Acceptable wood quality for deck?

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I am building a deck and ordered premium cedar 5/4" deck boards and PT for the frame.

Most of the PT has cracks and warping but I am less concerned as it will all be hidden.

I am interested in hearing people's opinions as to whether you would find the below boards acceptable or would swap them out.



 

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Who was the supplier?
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Old 07-30-15, 07:41 PM
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As you said, the PT lumber is not a big deal as it is only structural and not for looks. I like to hand pick my material for decking, so if I was picking through the pile I would have passed on the cracked boards.

Now you have to understand that wood is a natural material, and you will get some twisting and cracking. Whoever delivered the material is not going to sort through all off the decking to find you the best boards. The lumber manufacture will grade them and that is what you get. It doesn't matter if they call them, "Premium", "Ultra", "choice", whatever. If you want better boards, you need to pick them out yourself.
 
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TL - Appreciate your reply. I will handpick replacements. I was concerned I was being too picky.
 
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Hopefully you can find some wheat in the chaff.
 
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There is no such thing as too picky. I never order lumber because you will get anything. I hand pick every board. Check for bowing, twisting and cracking.

KDAT lumber is about the only lumber I never needed to pick through.
 
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Unless I go hand pick I order at least 10% then I know I need, and return the rejects.
Could care less if the joist are bowed, the blocking will take care of that, if there curled or badly cupped there is no fix for that.
 
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