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Old 06-13-2007, 09:59 PM   #16
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All pt lumber dries at a different pace. One sure way to find out if it is dry or not (for spacing or for staining purposes) is to try the water test. If you place a drop of water on the pt and it soaks in quickly then it is dry. It could of been sitting at the retailer for months who knows.

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If you are really concerned about the moisture content of your PT lumber to be used....you could always, just get on Amazon and order yourself a ''moisture meter''. We have one that we use alot for moisture damage work.....
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Difference in moisture content seems to be evident when loading and unloading pt lumber. Significant difference in the weight of same sized lumber.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:23 PM   #19
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So, what are the consequences should the deck boards be dry and I butt them together anyway? It is tough to tell on these boards. I got them from a big box store, so there is a good chance they sat around for awhile. I'm just not sure if they sat there long enough to dry out.

I even thought to be on the safe side, I could use a trim nail as a spacer just in case.
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Anyone with any last opinions??
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Anyone with any last opinions??
Yes, Please stop obsessing and over-analyzing this. It's actually been answered already; Side by side, no gap.

Really now: It's a pressure treated deck for goodness sake, it's not a piece of museum art. The only thing that's going to get close to the deck = is people's feet - while they are walking on it.
Once it's all done, seriously, NO-ONE is going to notice whether the boards are 1/8" spaced or 3/8" spaced, while they're eating their hamburgers & hotdogs, listening to music and watching fireworks....

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sorry.
thanks for the reminder

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