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Old 02-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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I know that PT wood is generally used just for sill plates, but I read a few places that said it's good to use it for framing if you can afford it...

Well when I went to buy the wood for my basement, the PT stuff (micropro ac2) was about $0.08 more per board then the untreated, so I thought why not just get all PT. The micropro ac2 brochure (http://www.midwestmanufacturing.com/...chureFront.pdf) seems to suggest that it's good for framing as well.

It's just that I've read in a lot of places that the boards are prone to warping after installation. Didn't pay much attention to those sites until I saw for myself just how wet the wood is. Do I just let it dry for awhile in my basement before putting the wall up? Any other suggestions? I'd hate to lug it all back to the store!

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All the PT I used warped like crazy as it dried. I've also read something about it not being a good idea to overload the basement with the chemicals used in the treated wood.

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Nope not going to work, take them back.
The sheetrock screws will rust off within a year and cause rust stain on the walls,
The woods going to shrink alot and cause nail or screw pops.
All you needed was the bottom plate.
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Nope not going to work, take them back.
The sheetrock screws will rust off within a year and cause rust stain on the walls,
The woods going to shrink alot and cause nail or screw pops.
All you needed was the bottom plate.

I agree. Take it back. I've never quite bit the PT bottom plate bug either. Use poly or a gasket underneath.
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Yeah I'm thinking the same thing, unfortunately. The brochures say it's less corrosive (say it's on-par with untreated wood), but it's just the wetness that has me worried. I don't want to have to wait 3 months for it to dry out, which I think is pretty much what I'd need to do to use it for framing.

Not worried about the chemicals, this stuff is pretty safe, but yeah the wetness is my biggest concern. Oh well, it's a good workout.
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Yeah I'm thinking the same thing, unfortunately. The brochures say it's less corrosive (say it's on-par with untreated wood), but it's just the wetness that has me worried. I don't want to have to wait 3 months for it to dry out, which I think is pretty much what I'd need to do to use it for framing.

Not worried about the chemicals, this stuff is pretty safe, but yeah the wetness is my biggest concern. Oh well, it's a good workout.
Yes... Take advice from the company trying to sell you more of their product instead of pros. It's your house do as you please, I would take it back and use untreated... But what do I know...
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Yes... Take advice from the company trying to sell you more of their product instead of pros. It's your house do as you please, I would take it back and use untreated... But what do I know...
I don't even know what you're talking about since I am taking advice from people here. Really dislike the attitude as well...

All in all I just didn't know treated lumber was so wet. My main worries were warping and shrinking, which some posts have echoed. I thought my last post made it pretty clear that I was taking it back... Perhaps you should re-read it again.
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I don't even know what you're talking about since I am taking advice from people here. Really dislike the attitude as well...

All in all I just didn't know treated lumber was so wet. My main worries were warping and shrinking, which some posts have echoed. I thought my last post made it pretty clear that I was taking it back... Perhaps you should re-read it again.
I may have over reacted a little because I missed your very last line, everything before that looked like an argument to use it. Quite often people come on here ask questions and then argue instead of listening to people who know better.
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I know that PT wood is generally used just for sill plates, but I read a few places that said it's good to use it for framing if you can afford it...

Well when I went to buy the wood for my basement, the PT stuff (micropro ac2) was about $0.08 more per board then the untreated, so I thought why not just get all PT. The micropro ac2 brochure (http://www.midwestmanufacturing.com/...chureFront.pdf) seems to suggest that it's good for framing as well.

It's just that I've read in a lot of places that the boards are prone to warping after installation. Didn't pay much attention to those sites until I saw for myself just how wet the wood is. Do I just let it dry for awhile in my basement before putting the wall up? Any other suggestions? I'd hate to lug it all back to the store!
The people who are saying to frame walls with pt are 100% wrong! That's what's dangerous when people have no idea what they are talking about.
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Donít use it ..its true once it dries its going to warp like crazy.
If you really want to /need to use something that is treated to resist rot and termites look in to bluewood.

http://bluwood.com/

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