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Forum topic by Vicki posted 04-03-2018 05:02 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2018 05:02 PM

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Is it safe to turn today’s PT lumber that doesn’t have the arsenic? I made snowmen that get painted and some 4X4’s I don’t need for anything else.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 05:40 PM

I don’t turn, and I know that the current materials are supposed to be “safer” but I always still make sure and wear my respirator, (not just a dust mask) whenever I’m cutting ANY of it, because if sawdust isn’t so great for the body, I can’t imagine any chemical impregnated stuff can be safe.

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 07:48 PM

This 3M sanding mask should work. Safety data sheet below recommends both respirator & glove when working with PT wood! There are more expensive options out there and probably mo-better. Thing about 3M masks and others like it is having the right filters for different application.

Have 3M 6000 mask with right filters for spray painting and they also have filters for sanding for that series too. Not sure about one linked above. They keep changing model numbers & mask series on us.

Thing about turning and sanding wood can see dust generated but harmfull microsopic particales floating in air you do see so buy something can afford and maintain locally if possible. Also run your dust collection system while turning & sanding PT wood. A small shop vac with dust bag would help a lot but need to fiddle with hose and tie to lathe and aimed so pick up those dust & microscopic devils.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 11:03 PM

I wouldn’t. You don’t want to breath the fungicide impregnated dust. Find another use for the PT lumber or give away.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 04-04-2018 01:19 AM

Thanks everyone. I figured it was a bad idea. I’ll find something else to se it for.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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