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#1 posted 01-31-2016 08:21 PM

All depends on where the pallets have been, and what they were used for..

Not all pallets are chemical infused, many have an “HT” branded on them…..HEAT TREATED to get rid of the bugs.

I worked at a factory long time ago….pallets that came into the plant were not treated. They were used to carry 2000-2500 pounds of fillers for the rubber compounds we were making. Clays, Limestone, and bags of Sulfur, or Zinc Oxide ( can’t vulcanize without the last too) and were always a hardwood. Some of the ones for the clays used 5/4 stock for the slats.

Screw nails: Heads will always pop off if you pull them like an ordinary nail. Use a rip claw hammer. No grip on the nail? set a pair of visegrips as tight as you can on the nail, but leave enough room for the rip claw to get under. Chucking them up in a drill to “unscrew” the screwnails? Doesn’t work.

You might also be on the look out for Barn Wood to use. Look for the pieces without any trace of paint on them.

And now the rebuttal from those other two fellas will follow…..

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