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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 04-30-2009 09:47 PM

Hmm.. here in the north country it’s all we’ve got for outside stuff. Every house has a pressure treated deck. Any naturally weather good wood is special order. No redwood here and cedar pretty much for shingles. The dangerous arsenic stuff was discontinued in 2003 per FDA order. It was called (CCA-chromated copper arsenate) the newer stuff, ACQ it is an advanced copper preservative system and is arsenic and chromium free. I contains no EPA listed hazardous chemicals.
Pressure treated lumber got a bad and deserved rap in it’s old version. Some people still think it’s bad for you but the newer stuff (for several years now) is harmless.

An interesting side note: deck boards used to be full of knots. Since they started producing the new composite materials for decks the pressure treated folks are shipping some pretty clear lumber now to compete. But, here in the north it’s made with southern yellow pine and shipped to us. It’s ok for decks but it splinters and splits easily.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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