waterproofing lumber?

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Old 02-15-09, 03:42 PM
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waterproofing lumber?

can regular douglas fur 2x4 studs be sealed in a way to make them comparable to that new "blue wood" product (to avoid moisture, mildew, termites, etc.)? about to frame out basement. do not want to use metal studs. they dont seem to carry bluwood here in long island, ny. just wondering.
 
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blue wood? This is new to me. Treated lumber with the stamps indicating it are going to be looked at by inspectors.
 
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waterproofing lumber?

If you are not familiar with the process and chemicals, trying to create "treated wood" could be dangerous, costly and time consuming without the right equipment and safeguards.

You are better off buying what is commercially available.

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agreed. just wondering if there was a type of stain or something??
 
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No...you need to buy PT (pressure treated) wood that meets the code requirements....it isn't much more than regular lumber...and prob cheaper than buying some sort of paint on stuff.

They should carry whats needed..or you need to find a new supplier.
 
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PT wood [I've heard some call it green wood] is treated under pressure, while a brushed, rolled or sprayed on coating is mainly a surface treatment. About the only way you could come close would be to totally immerse the lumber in the coating for a period of time. As stated above, buying PT is easier, safer and should hold up better - not to mention the fact that it doesn't need any explantion to the inspector for it to pass.
 
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And don't frame with pressure treated wood. Only your bottom plate should be pt. The rest should be a common wood indigenous to your area. Here we use SPF, some use Doug Fir and some use aspen. Pressure treated wood will shrink and you don't want your joints to shrink after you install them.
 
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SPF = spruce, pine, fir

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Originally Posted by frankieromance View Post
can regular douglas fur 2x4 studs be sealed in a way to make them comparable to that new "blue wood" product (to avoid moisture, mildew, termites, etc.)? about to frame out basement. do not want to use metal studs. they dont seem to carry bluwood here in long island, ny. just wondering.
There are a few stains that you can obtain. Though I suggest you nail up the project first. CCA has a tendancy to shrink. ~ Rob
 
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I see the thread is quite old. You are asking about "BluWood". Google that to get much more info about it. It is used in basements and bathrooms because it is mold/fungus/bug resistant.
 
 

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