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05-02-2014 12:24 PM

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Hey there folks. Just so everyone knows – when someone talks about stickering rough cut lumber they’re not talking about putting actual “stickers” on the wood. All this time I’ve read about it I figured these were some sort of stickers to indicate moisture levels in the wood.

I’m almost certainly the only one on the site that had this misconception, but figured it was good for a laugh at my expense.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey


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#1 posted 05-02-2014 12:29 PM

Join the crowd bud. Confused me till I googled it.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 12:30 PM

Took me a search on Google to know what stickering wood was about. Then you have some say that the stickers should come from the same tree, same type of tree, or any tree, depending who is writing. Unfortunately I will have a long time before I have space and need to dry wood at home.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 12:40 PM

Good to know I’m not alone. I’m not sure if I’ll ever even have the need to use my newly acquired knowledge about what stickering is, but curiosity got the best of me and I googled it as well.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 12:43 PM

Trust me Josh, you probably know more about woodworking than I. I’m also an IT guy, focused on networking, so woodworking has a high learning curve.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 12:43 PM

That’s funny Josh. They sell the wood stickers right next to the wood stretchers at HD.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 12:45 PM

I thought I didn’t have room either until my father-in-law suggested the attic above my garage. I have a cypress tree I’m going to take down later this year and am thinking of having it milled. It’s more to see if I can do it properly than to have the wood. I live in a suburban neighborhood with a HOA, so I don’t exactly have room for a stack outside.

This is actually the first I’ve heard of the stickers coming from the same tree. I’ll have to keep it in mind.

As for the stickering term, the first time I saw it they had a picture posted that showed what they were talking about. When getting into something new, there’s always a lot of legacy terminology that doesn’t seem to make sense.

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#7 posted 05-02-2014 12:47 PM

I’ll have to keep that in mind, Adrian. I have a small attic space about the garage that is currently holding some drywall scraps and my oldest boys car parts.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 12:51 PM

hahaha @freddy1962 – Stretchers you say!? I’ll have to look into that as an alternative to resawing wood!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#9 posted 05-02-2014 01:24 PM

If you’re considering storing anything in the attic, you must consider the weight of those items and remember that normally the trusses/rafters were designed to support only the weight of your roof and maybe a little accumulated snow.
Loading up your trusses/rafters may result in the stored items and your roof resting on your garage floor the next morning.

...just a thought to keep in mind.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 05-02-2014 01:32 PM

Good point. I wouldn’t be putting a lot up in the attic space, but it sure would be a problem if the wife foundhalf a tree on her car the next time she goes to use it.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#11 posted 05-02-2014 02:47 PM

Sounds like an insurance commercial…or a Chevy Chase movie scene! Like Adrian, I first saw the term accompanied by a picture. Freddy, that reminds me how guys will send the really green apprentices for things like wire stretchers and hammer-saws.

I tried stickering out for the first time last weekend…not so much to get moisture out of the wood, but to keep it out. I demo’d an old, leaky shed with a rotted floor, but most of the framing lumber was in good shape. I will have some uses for that pine later this summer.

-- apprentice Electrician, IBEW L.U. 226

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#12 posted 05-02-2014 02:48 PM

Overhead attic space is great. Also 2×4 lumber racks in the 6-8’ area on walls works well to store things. At 5’11”, those spaces are gold above stationary equipment (planer, jointer, etc.)

Also, small pole barns have been a saving grace. They stay hot in the summer, so lumber continues to stay dry, and can be put up for $200-$400. Few 2×4’s and some metal and BOOM, outdoor lumber storage.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#13 posted 05-02-2014 03:34 PM

Roof trusses are supposed to carry snow loads (or uniform loads) in every regulated jurisdiction I know of.
It varies depending on your location, but the weight is much more than you might think.
Here in Tennessee, for example, roofs are supposed to be able to carry a 48” snow load. We have never seen 48” of snow at one time, but that’s the code. About 20 years ago we had an accumulation of sleet, melted and refrozen snow, freezing rain and hail that stacked up to about 12” and brought down several buildings that were not up to code; even a few that were.
At any rate, most any roof truss should be able to carry 20lbs per square foot. That would be just over 2,800 lbs in a 12ft square area. If you build a wood stack in the attic just be sure to not exceed that number and you should be fine. At 55 lbs per cubic foot for average hardwood you could build a stack 12 ft long x 1ft tall x 4 ft wide for a weight of 2640 lbs. The stack might be 2 ft tall with stickers.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#14 posted 05-02-2014 04:27 PM

Ah, but what then if it snows?

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#15 posted 05-02-2014 04:53 PM

Snow adds another 25 to 35 lbs per square foot to the total load. The 20 lbs loading I refer to is the normal attic loading.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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