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Tricks for Treated Lumber



Are PT projects safe?

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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Comments (2)
benewah67 wrote:

where do you find .60 treated deck material

1/4/2012 03:53:16 PM Report Abuse
TXwoodrat wrote:

Always check the number on the label stapled to the wood, .20 Won't last long. Most big box stores only carry .20. If you want your treated lumber to last any length of time get .40 or above. I only buy marine grade .60 when I buy treated lumber. Landscape timbers are all rated .20, so expect to replace them much sooner than you would think. Note that the .20 label says "not for ground contact," but these are "landscape" timbers so does that make sense?

6/15/2011 12:16:16 PM Report Abuse

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