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Forum topic by bruce317 posted 07-26-2016 02:18 PM 332 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bruce317

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07-26-2016 02:18 PM

I can get what I think is oak floor boards. Out of old house kitchen. Problem is wood is very wet from dish washer leaking badly. Of course wood is free. The sub and floor boards are 1” x 6”.
My questions are: can the wood be stacked with slats between them. To air dry with a tarp covering them? How long will drying take?
Then ran through a planer and used? Is wood worth getting?
Hope I put this in right place.
Thank you all for your advice.

-- Bruce - Indiana


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#1 posted 07-26-2016 02:22 PM

Yes they can be stacked and need an air gap.

When you can use them depends on moisture content.

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#2 posted 07-26-2016 04:11 PM

You’ll want to make sure that the slats (aka stickers) are aligned with one another and also that there is some weight on them to help prevent warping as they dry. If the stack is tall enough, the weight might not be necessary but a cinder block works pretty well. You want the stickers to all be the same thickness. Also, don’t forget to make sure that bottom boards is up off the ground or floor.

If they have mildew or black mold on them, you may want to treat them to kill the mold or just remove the most badly infected pieces and discard. Black mold is nasty stuff.

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#3 posted 07-26-2016 04:14 PM

Don’t cover the stacked lumber completely with the tarp, it will trap moisture under it and cause problems with mold and mildew.

Leave the sides open to airflow and use something to keep the top up off the stack. Or, put the stack under an open roof such as a carport.

Good Luck!

Herb

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#4 posted 07-26-2016 08:02 PM

I do thank each of you for your helpful comments.
The room is 15×11 that is 330 square foot of wood, the sub and floor. Sure there is some bad wood. Hoping that there is more good wood.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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