Lumber heavy from moisture

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Old 08-11-20, 09:25 PM
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Lumber heavy from moisture

It seems like some of the 2 X 6's that I buy have more moisture content. Is it good practice to let wood sit in the sun for a few days? I'm using my wood for a patio cover. The less weight the better.
 
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Old 08-11-20, 09:30 PM
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Unstacked wood will often warp as it dries out, so you would be wise to install it asap. It can dry after you have it installed.
 
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Is it treated wood? If so it wouldn't make much difference.
 
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Not treated. Douglas Fir. I'm cutting it down to 1 X 1's. Already been drying for 2 days now. Heat wave on the way so they'll dry out more if they can.
 
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As noted above if you nail it down while still wet it will lessen the likelyhood of it warping. If you want to air dry it first you need to stack it with spacers between the boards [for air flow] that can take up to a yr although most of the drying is done in the first 3-4 months.
 
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