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Forum topic by gumbydammit posted 07-17-2015 01:47 AM 2074 views 0 times favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 01:47 AM

I have not had to buy lumber before where the boards were so long I had to have them delivered. So I bought 26 2X10X24’ boards and had them delivered. They made a big deal of beating the rain we were supposed to have tomorrow. So I get there, cut the bands and lift the first board. Then the smell hit me. Like a heavy musty almost rotten smell. Then all the boards seem to be SOAKED. They are heavily stained, they have a lot of black and had a gelatinous coating on almost all the boards. It wasn’t like water, it was like thin jello… These timber where a LOT of money so I am pretty upset, but before I complain I wanted to reach out and ask if this is normal… I have not ordered like this before, but I don’t want these going into my building. I will attach some pics. Also, some of the boards had really long splits.. as in several feet in from the end of the board. So any advice here would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 01:56 AM

Cracks and mold send it back.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 01:56 AM

Sap and what appears to be black mold. These were not sent out as dry lumber; it isn’t possible that they could get this way on a short road trip. I’ve never accepted splits like that, but I generally select all my lumber when I build something, to avoid this. I have gone as far as renting a car hauler to bring the long lumber home. That is a long enough trailer for your wood, I think. Some culls might be expected, but if you are doing construction, it’s #2 and better, which these split boards are not. Did you pay be check, or credit card? If so, you have some leverage.

Edit to add- you are supposed to be provided dry lumber, and there is no way you got that. I built 112 feet of redwood fence after the ‘94 Northridge earthquake, and being in kind of a pinch, bought all the pickets at the BORG. Because of the demand, I did not get dry pickets. Every time I bottomed out a nail on them, water splattered out. Then, they shrunk about 1/2” each, over time.

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 02:20 AM

Looks like You got ‘soaked’ . Send them back. Demand a refund.

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 02:22 AM

Yup. got to agree with Lloyd and Dark L. They tried to pull a fast one on you. Send or take that junk back and go somewhere else. Before you buy again find some outfit with some honest decent ethics. My best.

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 03:00 AM

I worked for a while for a manufacturer of wooden products. We regularly received 100+ bf shipments of various woods. The only “moist” wood was Cedar and we would have to sticker it and use a fan to circulate wood to dry it. Any hardwood that was advertised as kiln dried came with low moisture content. The only thing applied to the wood was that the ends usually had colored paint or sealant. I asked and was told that was applied at the sawmill to identify species / grade of wood and was not standard. There would normally be some splitting of the ends of a board.

As others said, I would work to return your boards.

In the future, I would inspect the boards as they are unloaded and complain before accepting the load if it is not of the quality specified in the purchase order.

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#6 posted 07-17-2015 03:29 AM

I would send them the photos and ask them what they are going to do about it. If they have to pay for return shipment they may just tell you to keep it and refund your money. You can hope that they are reputable enough for that. If they tell you it got that way in shipment have them file the claim because you’re convinced they were shipped out that way.

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#7 posted 07-17-2015 03:52 AM

Looks like its already been a deck for 20 years.

Lumber yards (in my experiences) are usually pretty liberal about taking back lumber that the builder and or homeowner is not satisfied with.

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#8 posted 07-17-2015 10:50 AM

Thank you everyone for the replies. What a great forum. I just didn’t want to get upset for nothing. Last night a friend that is a builder stopped by, because he thought I was describing the wax they put on timbers to protect them. He took one look at the boards and said “I’ve never received anything like that. It’s disgusting”.

So I’m off to get this dealt with. Hopefully it was a fluke. He told me they had almost 200 in stock. It would suck if they all looked like this.


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#9 posted 07-17-2015 11:45 AM

Please let us know the outcome, no doubt a reputable company will come through….but you never know.

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#10 posted 07-17-2015 12:53 PM

You don’t want to build a moldy structure. No good.

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#11 posted 07-17-2015 01:37 PM

If our lumberyard manager found out someone loaded and delivered lumber like that, that someone would be without a job. No excuse.

Hope it gets resolved quickly and without a big hassle.

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#12 posted 07-17-2015 01:49 PM

Yep, that moldy stuff should never have been sold…

I cracked up over of the cracked board. It’s right along the pith.. But construction lumber is cut like that.

As far as the mold goes, a lot of bleach will remove it…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#13 posted 07-17-2015 01:50 PM

What exactly did you order?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 07-17-2015 02:51 PM

Well, I went in. Told the guy at the desk I got some lumber at it wasn’t up to snuff. I showed him the pictures. He side glanced at the other guy at the counter like he wasn’t real happy, and said we will take care of this immediately.

So who knows what was going on, but they were very helpful and we’ll see what shows up in the second delivery. Customer service may not be dead after-all… who knew?


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#15 posted 07-17-2015 02:56 PM

good for you.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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