Holes in Pressure treated lumber, bad?

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Old 07-02-08, 07:27 PM
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Holes in Pressure treated lumber, bad?

Hello everyone,

After following the installation instructions of our new swing set, I discovered that I better move the swing away from the A beam as it is about 10" away and doesn't look that safe for the kids.

Now I will need to redrill my 4x6 pressure treated beam (board). This will leave 4 thorough holes in the beam. Will these holes promote faster decay or hurt the structure of the beam? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Old 07-03-08, 06:55 PM
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It shouldn't present a problem, but to be safe, you could always apply tape to the bottom of the hole, and pour an epoxy mix in the top until it is filled, allow it to dry and sand off the divots. I question why you are moving it if the instructions said to have it in a particular position. Are you moving it closer to another moving swing? That may be a greater danger.
 
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Thank you. I'm moving it since it is about 6" away from the vertical borads and beams of the playhouse. The kids get very close to the wood when swinging.

So during the treatment process, does the interior of the wood get treated as well or only the exterior? Sorry for the silly question.
 
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"during the treatment process"

If you mean applying a sealer/stain or other type of coating, you only need to apply it to the exterior of the wood - the filler will adequetly seal the holes.

btw - welcome to the forums!

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Thank you. Actually, I was referring to the pressure treating process so that if the treatment penetrates the wood then the 4 holes won't be a problem.

When you say a filler, do you mean epox? or other fillers?
 
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Old 07-04-08, 11:39 AM
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PT wood is treated under pressure so the entire piece is treated although it would be reasonable to believe the outer parts are better treated than the middle.

The filler can be epoxy as Chandler suggested or you could use caulking.
 
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