Tricks for Treated Lumber
There's no need to run out and demolish that weathered pressure-treated (PT) deck for fear of arsenic leaching from older CCA-treated lumber. The majority of the leaching seems to happen in the first year.
But if it's time to replace the deck anyway, do take some precautions as you?re working with both old and new PT lumber.
• Clean up and dispose of all debris through your municipality?s trash collection. Never burn PT lumber: The smoke and ashes can contain toxic chemicals.
• Along with gloves and safety glasses, wear a dust mask when working with pressure-treated lumber to avoid inhalation of dust.
• Wash your hands or any exposed skin thoroughly after working with PT lumber.
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