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Old 07-08-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Dry boards? How far apart should i place my deck boards

Bought my deck boards (5/4 in x 6 in x 16' treated) three 1/2 weeks ago and, with exception of one little sprinkle, we have had a dry spell in west mi for better part of month or so. My question is: I've been doing a little research and some sites say not to put a space bettween my deck boards and others say 1/4" space (I think that site might have mentioned kilm dryed). The gentleman i bought the wood from at home depot said no-space. Do you thnk their dry enough to put together or will they suck up water and bow when the weather gets wet again?

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Are these boards Pressure Treated? If so it is not about how dry they are in regards to rain water but, rather in regards to how dry they are from the treatment itself. When these boards are pressure treated thay are placed inside a large pressure vessel which is then filled with the treatment solution and then pressurized to force the treatment into the wood. This is done after the kiln drying process so the boards are extremly wet inside from this. If they have been laying out in the sun unstacked then I would say they might be dry enough to put down with space between them. However, if they have been stacked for this time then I doubt they are completly dry and will shrink once they are down and exposed to the air.


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Butt them together with no space. They will shrink quite a bit and create enough space for drainage.
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I have seen Pt boards butted tight then shrink to almost 3/8" gap.
Yep butt them tight.
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