Pressure treated wood is wet


Old 05-15-06, 12:35 PM
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Pressure treated wood is wet

Pressure treated wood is always soaked through when it is atthe lumberyard (or home depot)

Is it more likely to warp because of this when you use it.
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Old 05-15-06, 04:02 PM
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Absolutely. You want to use it right away or it may warp to the extent you can't. If you look hard enough, you can sometimes find some dry ones, but not always.
Old 05-15-06, 04:32 PM
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I agree with mitch. As an example, if you buy one 2x12 that is wet, and leave it lay out on the driveway to dry, it will probably warp and twist. This doesn't mean that wet PT is bad. You just need to keep it wet and keep it in tight stacks until you use it. Some carpenters will have all their deck materials banded together (to keep everything straight) when they are dropped off, then wet the stack down with a garden hose and cover it with a tarp to keep it wet until it is ready to use (to help prevent it from warping if it dries out before then). Since wood tends to twist as it dries, the idea is that if the deck gets assembled while the wood is wet, it will dry out and stay straight. You may get a few boards that twist despite being nailed or screwed, but it's usually better than using lumber that is already twisted and dry, and trying to bend it back into shape. (IMO.)

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