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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 12-30-2009 10:49 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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End_Grain

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12-30-2009 10:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood

Like most, I occasionally scrounge for wood when I spy pallets. This morning with a slight mist, a pallet caught my eye for the unique color on some of the slats. When wet, the wood has a very rich and deep dark red color. Now that the surface is dry, it more resembles the past politically incorrect labeled flesh crayon. I have no idea what this is but what I need to know is how long should I let this dry before removing it from the pallet frame?

Thanks

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SKFrog16

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 11:47 PM

http://www.moisturemeter.us/
Get your self one of these and you will always have an idea as to how long to let it dry. You need to know the starting moisture levels.

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 05:00 AM

Yep! Gotta spend $40 on a moisture meter!

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 05:48 AM

watch out for hidden nails in pellet wood. they can be real herd on good saw blades

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 05:52 AM

Better thought . watch for crate wood like lawn tractor crates. I have found lots of usable lumber in lawn mower crates Try Your local Sears store. Some will be glad to give them away if you hall them away

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 08:40 AM

We recently installed a walk-in cooler/freezer at Purdue. The panels came in on oak pallets. Needless to say, they are now sitting in my shop….and I don’t even like oak lol.

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 04:06 PM

sorry, this doesn’t answer the original question, but it might be useful. i came across some pallets with great oak lumber on them recently. they were used to ship furniture to a new hospital i was working on. i guess it makes sense that a commercial furniture company might build their own pallets out of wood that was not quite to their standards. if you’re looking for good pallet lumber, maybe checking commercial construction sites towards the end of a project (when furniture starts arriving) would be a good source?

MarkwithaK, what job were you on? i work at purdue all the time (i’m an electrician).

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 05:55 PM

Be careful of pallets originating from overseas. Many have been treated with insecticides to prevent invasive insects from entering the country. Inhaling the sawdust could be harmful.

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 07:04 PM

Bent, we were doing an install at Purdue’s North Central campus in Westville. It was one big pain in the ass and I hope we never do it again lol.

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