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Forum topic by davecohn posted 12-08-2010 06:18 AM 2086 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2010 06:18 AM

today I had a flood in my basement and I have a couple hundred feet f s2s and s4s lumber, mahogany, maple, etc. that was in cold water for a few hours. What is the best way to dry it so it doesn’t twist and warp and will keep it useable.



-- Dave from Buffalo Grove

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 07:13 AM

Dave, I’m no expert, but I would stack it with stickers between each one and weight the top with concrete blocks for a few weeks, or until it tested in the proper range.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 07:44 AM

It would be best to take it into a garage or storage shed and sticker it. Your basement will have way too much moisture in it if you leave it there. I don’t think you want to have any mold forming down there. You might get some staining but it should be OK after you work it.

To sticker it properly, place stickers about every foot and try to start the stack at least 3” off the floor.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 07:47 AM

I would also recommend getting it out of your basement and for a few days or weeks keep let the wet lumber dry in a place with better ventilation.. basements are perfect environments for mold and mildew to grow on wet wood. I think as lilredweldingrod said, stacked, stickered and weighted down.. just a matter of time before it is useful again.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 08:04 AM

If your are insured, I would file a claim, and then sticker the wood outside covered with the weights, and get the check, and a year from now, start using that wood. The adjuster will just total it, not knowing that it has any salvage value, and I also assume you had some tools down there as well.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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