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Forum topic by karter56 posted 09-27-2014 06:34 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2014 06:34 PM

I am replacing the planking on my front porch and stairs. I replaced the stairs about 5 years ago with pressure treated 2×6’s from the big box store and they warped terribly and I don’t like how rounded the edges of them are. Is 84lumber or local yards any better or do I have to bight the bullet and go back to Lowe’s?

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 07:05 PM

It’s all the same SYP junk from the quick grow tree farms.

If you want something that will last don’t cheap out. Buy some Ipe or even Trex.
If you really went to the high dollar stuff you could put down teak.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 10:04 PM

Stay away from the box stores & buy from an outlet that sells ONLY PT lumber.Their product will show preservative penetration almost to the core. My 6 ft high fence is now 23 years old. I did not paint it hence not one cent of maintenance has been needed over that time span. I should mention that I also used 4” x 6” posts.


-- Lee

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 10:15 PM

One thing to consider is that the new pressure treated wood is not the same as the older stuff as they changed the formulation. I used some for the decking and found a local lumber yard that sold what they called #1 Pressure Treated which had very few knots. Also, I have sealed the wood before I put it down in a deck. I know this is not recommended but I found that doing this slowed down the drying rate and reduced the warping. I have a back deck which is made from #1 PT 2×6 and it is 16’ x 18’ and all of the boards are still flat and have not had to replace any of them in 10 years.

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 11:18 PM

5/4 can be screwed down flat and won’t warp as much as two by material. I’d just go that route. Or go cedar.

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 11:19 PM

Another heads up: I schlepped home some pressure treated 2x stock last week from the big blue box store for a chainsaw firewood cutting jig. It wasn’t until I got it home that I noticed the tags said “not for ground contact”. WTF? It just so happens that it doesn’t really matter for my purposes this time, but now I have to make sure that my pressure treated lumber doesn’t touch the ground? What’s next? “For interior use only”?

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 05:39 PM

I’m pretty sure “quality PT lumber” is an oxymoron.

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 08:39 PM

High quality and PT lumber are mutually exclusive.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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