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09-30-2015 06:39 PM

My wife and I are entertaining the idea of building our own deck. Aside from the big box stores, where would I buy lumber from?
I’m thinking just a pressure treated wood, not hardwood.
Thanks all!

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 06:47 PM

Check your yellow pages for lumber yards, most will have people that actually know what they’re talking about vs. what you’re likely to experience at the big box stores. They usually have better quality lumber too as they are more likely to inspect what they have coming in and less likely to have their stock picked through and left in a mess.

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 06:48 PM

I like local building supply places (for me “ProBuild”) But their prices are often a bit higher than the BORG or other big-box stores -

Last project was made with “Yellawood” latest generation pressure treatment, that is as you imagine Yellow not green.
It was donated by Probuild for a project being done as an Eagle Scout project for walking bridges in the local park.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#3 posted 09-30-2015 06:53 PM

DrDirt, how did you like the YellaWood? Been considering replacing my deck. I don’t like the BORG, for the reasons already mentioned, also for the fact that most PT wood there is dripping wet. Did you find the YellaWood to be relatively dry?

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#4 posted 09-30-2015 07:23 PM

I just bought two 2” x 10” x 10’ yellawood to cut into ramps from the BORG and they were pretty wet, not dripping but far, far from dry.

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 07:30 PM

Do not use pressure treated wood for the top part on which you walk as it splinter very badly, use cedar.
I build a deck with cedar over 30 years ago ( my very first one).
It was in a rental house, no one ever did any maintenance on it.
I saw it about a month ago, it still is in excellent condition, it could use some cleaning bu that’s all.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 09-30-2015 09:50 PM

Good tips, thanks! Any suggestions of online sources for lumber?

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 10:00 PM

Our lumberyard stocks YellaWood. The standard stuff is not really that much drier than most BORG treated, but we have found that they tend to use better lumber. We have far less issues with twisting and warping as the wood dries. Customers, especially contractors, have been much happier with it than the previous green treated, even with the slightly higher price.

If you want treated that is dry, you need to specify KDAT lumber, but will pay a premium for it. (Kiln Dried After Treatment)

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#8 posted 09-30-2015 10:47 PM

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#9 posted 10-01-2015 02:21 AM

Boom, my question is how much sun is your deck going to get. If it’s going to be a lot you might want to consider a composite deck surface and lumber for the joists. Remember that pressure treated lumber is not the preferred product for joists. It’s only purpose is to resist the effect of moisture when in contact with the ground or concrete.
As such it’s the lowest quality lumber treated for that purpose. It is stored wet and as it dries, it bow’s, twist’s and does all sorts of wonderful things. None of which you want in a joist for your deck. Trust me I speak from the voice of experience.

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#10 posted 10-01-2015 02:30 AM

I live in the midwest, so lots of rain and snow, and some sun too. If pressure treated isn’t the way to go, what is?

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#11 posted 10-01-2015 03:46 AM


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#12 posted 10-01-2015 10:47 AM

Or Cedar and then treat it and stain it for maximum longevity.
Do not use nails, as they always come loose, use stainless or corrosion resistant screw and do not screw from the top but from the side with special staples/brackets.
As I said above I built a two levels deck , clear cedar without one visible screw or nail.

” composite deck surface ”
They are very expensive more than real wood and they get extremely hot in the summer.
In addition the color fades over time.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 10-01-2015 10:04 PM

I suggest you consider ipe even though you indicated that you aren’t interested in hardwood. It will last longer than you will.

-- Art

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