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Old 04-30-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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I am preparing to place a couple of pieces of 2"x10" pressure-treated pieces of wood along my deck as a skirt. Two problems. The first is where the two pieces meet is at an odd angle. That's normally not a big deal, but the second problem is the pieces of wood I have are rather twisted after I let them sit outside for a bit to weather.

So normally with two nice, straight pieces of wood I could "dry fit" them to the side of the deck, mark the angles where they cross, and then take them down to easily cut with a miter saw. The only way to do it now is I have to clamp them uber-tight to the deck, mark my lines, and then cut them while they are still clamped tight to the deck.

Any suggestions on a cleaner way to do this? Or should I bite the bullet and go buy new, flat pieces of lumber? I'd rather save the money and use it on more useful things. Like lottery tickets.
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Any suggestions on a cleaner way to do this? Or should I bite the bullet and go buy new, flat pieces of lumber? I'd rather save the money and use it on more useful things. Like lottery tickets.

You just learned something about “weathering” treated lumber.

Hopefully you can find something else to do with those boards. Maybe in the garden or something.
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I am preparing to place a couple of pieces of 2"x10" pressure-treated pieces of wood along my deck as a skirt. Two problems. The first is where the two pieces meet is at an odd angle. That's normally not a big deal, but the second problem is the pieces of wood I have are rather twisted after I let them sit outside for a bit to weather.

So normally with two nice, straight pieces of wood I could "dry fit" them to the side of the deck, mark the angles where they cross, and then take them down to easily cut with a miter saw. The only way to do it now is I have to clamp them uber-tight to the deck, mark my lines, and then cut them while they are still clamped tight to the deck.

Any suggestions on a cleaner way to do this? Or should I bite the bullet and go buy new, flat pieces of lumber? I'd rather save the money and use it on more useful things. Like lottery tickets.
Once it's twisted like that you're done. It will get worse if try to clamp/cut and nail. You have to buy new.
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Whenever I need to use PT lumber I buy it the day I'm going to use it. Then I speed home without stopping at stop lights and nail it in fast before it springs into a pretzel. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little. But it does twist fast as it dries.
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