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#1 posted 05-21-2018 08:53 PM

If possible, build a roof or shed to store it in. You don’t want it to get rained on. At the very least, a tarp over the top of it.

You will want to sticker and stack it like any other lumber. Even if it’s fully dry you want to keep air circulation around it, especially if your area has wide temperature and humidity swings.

- jonah

As well, with dry lumber, you wouldn’t normally need to sticker every layer when re-stacking, but in this instance, since you’re more than likely just going to be covering it with tarps(tarps leak) I would sticker every layer. That way, if the lumber does get wet, it’ll get better air circulation and will be able to dry out much quicker.
Don’t wrap the tarp around the bottom either, you’ll just end up trapping water if it does leak.
Keep it up off of the ground and keep an eye out for bugs.

Make sure when you do use the lumber that you acclimate it properly first before you start. The moisture content is probably a bit too high since it has never been in a climate controlled environment.

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