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Forum topic by MrRon posted 08-11-2017 04:52 PM 527 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2017 04:52 PM

I finally bought all the lumber I will need to build a 16’x16’ ground level deck. It’s all 2x”s and pressure treated for ground contact although only the posts will be in the ground. The lumber has been sitting outdoors at the yard and has absorbed much moisture. A 2×10x16’er that would normally weigh around 55 lbs, weighs more like 100 lbs. I’m wanting to start building, but should I let the wood dry out as much as possible before working with it. Wet lumber is tough to work with a saw and the lumber has a “slime” on it that looks like it is a combination of a preservative and water. In other words, what is the best approach with my project. The lumber will stay outdoors, but I can cover it with a tarp. I don’t have the room in my shop to store it or work on it indoors.

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 05:00 PM

start building… personally i like to get the frame up then come back and put deck on hangers etc after it’s dried a couple days, but usually that’s not possible.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 05:14 PM

Wear your dust masks , gloves and other protective gear too. It takes sharper blades to cut wet wood decently too.

It is going to twist some as it ages and will really never quit moving on you. as it absorbs and loses moisture.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 06:19 PM

Agree with the above. Start building while it’s wet and straight.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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