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Forum topic by Fred C posted 07-11-2012 12:40 AM 1160 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Fred C

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07-11-2012 12:40 AM

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I bought a trailer a year or so ago and back then I knew the floor was going to need replacing. The deck was plywood and not exterior plywood . Today I bought enough 5/4X6 decking to replace the floor. I bought it from Lowe’s and even had to cut the bands on a new bunk. Well to add to the newness and drying chemicals it was pouring today so my wood got a good soaking on the way home. I would like to install the new floor soon but want the lumber to dry out some. My question is should I stack and bundle it or spread it out on a floor? Also which way should the rings be facing, up or face down? I want to prevent if not completely stop any warping or cupping. I have a good size shop out back to dry the wood out. After the lumber dries out a bit I am going to put Thompson’s water seal ; Would you recommend that?

Thanks;
Fred

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 01:54 AM

Stacking the lumber with stickers between the layers to allow air to circulate around each board is the way to go. Also, wood cups toward the bark, so put the bark side down if all other things are equal.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 02:26 AM

Fred- If that is treated decking, it was already soaked when you got it. I replaced the floor on my trailer with 5/4 treated and it shrank in both width and length (an unbelievable amount!) over the next few years. I hope someone has a good answer to this problem but I don’t think the Thompson’s will help a lot.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 02:52 AM

Great thanks for ALL the replies.I really did not want to go with something as heavy as 2X’s. Should I just go back with plywood ? What would you suggest I use for decking this trailer. The dimensions for wood to go in is 8’3” wide X 9’7” long. Then it has a galvanized frame with all sides made from aluminum. I use it mostly for hauling four wheelers. The axle is in such a bad spot it is not good for hauling long lumber. The trailer sways if I carry anything like 14’ or longer.

Thank you for your replies.
Fred C

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 03:33 AM

I have a buddy who decked his trailer with that synthetic decking and really likes it several years later. The only problems I have heard about is that it will sag over unsupported spans but most trailers have a lot of closely spaced cross members.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-11-2012 07:49 PM

Fred, if you choose to buy pressure treated pine for your decking, see if you can find some labeled “KDAT”. This wood is kiln dried after treatment and should be in the 16%MC range when you purchase it, and ready for installation.

Otherwise, you should stack and sticker the lumber for a couple of months in an outdoor location where the wind can blow through the stack.

Personally I don’t think much of Thompsons; a good home-made deck treatment is to use a blend of 45% used motor oil (from a diesel motor), 45% diesel fuel, and 10% non-fibrous roofing tar. The diesel fuel will evaporate over time, leaving the tar/oil combination as a preservative.

The reason that you want to use oil from diesel engines is because it does not have the carcinogens in it that used oil from gasoline engines has.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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