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06-21-2017 01:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood storage emergency outside outdoors lumber help question

I have been just informed that I have less than 8 hours to remove my lumber from my storage space that it’s at now. My only solution is to put it outside my house. How can I store this lumber without ruining it? It’ll have to stay that way till I can get money and resources to build a shed in my yard.

What can I do? Thoughts?

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#1 posted 06-21-2017 01:22 PM

Rent another storage space.

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#2 posted 06-21-2017 01:26 PM

sticker and tarp it as best you possibly can. Just make sure there is good airflow and it is off the ground.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 06-21-2017 01:27 PM

Rent another storage space.

- gargey

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#4 posted 06-21-2017 02:22 PM

Use some concrete blocks or something similar to setup a platform that gets the wood at least 12” off the ground. Sticker it and put something on top to shed water and prevent direct sunlight from hitting the wood.

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#5 posted 06-21-2017 02:59 PM

While sloppy outdoor storage can lead to
surface checking in my experience, a few
months under a tarp is no big deal. The
important thing is to keep water and direct
sun off the wood as said above.

If I were you I would perhaps rough out a
plan for a wood storage shed and acquire
some corrugated roofing that could be
used on the woodpile and then later on
the shed.

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#6 posted 06-21-2017 03:07 PM

I have heard that a sheet of corrugated roofing material is ideal, just lay it on top of your stickered pile. Having no roofing handy, I first bundled a tarp over my pile, but then learned that breeds fungus – so I rigged my tarp like an army tent with a couple of poles and stakes. Took only a couple of minutes, but I too am hoping to soon move my pile to a shed.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#7 posted 06-21-2017 03:26 PM

A mini storage tent as above suggested could be made from PVC and covered over by a tarp. Size as needed, cost less than $100 for a size about 10×10 this includes tarp. Practical in that it is flexible and something that will hold up to some weather.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 06-21-2017 06:32 PM

You drop it off at my place.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#9 posted 06-21-2017 06:53 PM

Unfortunately, I was using my carport. My landlord had a hissyfit because of keeping up appearances. It’s an old neighborhood, not really that nice or anything either. Ugh.

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#10 posted 06-21-2017 07:04 PM

are we talking about solid lumber? or plywood? rough or finished?

Rough lumber stacked on cinder blocks and planks, stickered and then covered with a tarp or corrugated roofing panel is standard practice.

Finished… if it has to be outside, it will probably bow or twist on you some.

Plywood? if you have to store plywood outside, it’s not going to be pretty.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 06-21-2017 07:58 PM

What is this stickering that you guys are talking about? Just to identify the types of wood?

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#12 posted 06-21-2017 07:59 PM

Follow as directed, but use a canvas tarp. Plastic tarps will hold in moisture and promote condensation.

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#13 posted 06-21-2017 08:23 PM

I’ve actually read, from Gene Wengert (I believe), that you can bundle and wrap kiln dried lumber in plastic (shipping-style) wrap and leave it for months. This will make it slow to lose/gain moisture and very bug resistant.

If the wood isn’t dried I would not try the above.

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#14 posted 06-21-2017 08:25 PM

Stickers are sticks of wood, about 3/4 inch square. The wood is stacked with a row of stickers between each layer so that air can flow through the stack. Here are some photos.

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#15 posted 12-02-2017 03:44 AM

Since the situation is dire, why not rent another storage unit elsewhere? What is the reason that you are being removed from the facility? If it is not a temporary measure, then an alternate storage unit would be a good option until you are able to build your own storage shed to hold those lumber.

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