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acerunner 08-01-2010 11:03 PM

New fence construction question
 
I have some related questions.

Is it still necessary to dry the wood if the weather is pretty humid, bout 50%? For outdoor use, I never thought drying wood was all that important.

What is the pro and cons of using treated wood vs redwood or cedar which is naturally moisture and pest resistant?


For fasteners, galvanized or stainless would work.

Just Bill 08-02-2010 06:56 AM

PT wood from big box and usually lumberyards is often still wet with chemicals. It should be allowed to dry, since it can warp/twist as it dries. Better to do that before it has becomes part of the fence.

PT wood will last longer, cedar or redwood look better, but are more expensive. I would use stainless outside, always.

Gary in WA 08-03-2010 07:00 PM

Don't bury p.t. posts in concrete. Clean and treat the wood soon: http://www.wolman.com/faqs.asp?faq_id=2
http://www.wolman.com/faqs.asp?faq_id=31 http://www.wolman.com/faqs.asp?faq_id=28

Be safe, Gary

Daniel Holzman 08-03-2010 07:21 PM

A relative humidityof 50% would be considered very dry by eastern standards, perhaps not by desert or western standards. At 50% RH, your wood will begin to dry if you bought it green, but if you bought it air or kiln dried it is good to go. If green, you might want to wait a few weeks to see which boards are going to twist and warp.

acerunner 08-03-2010 08:29 PM

i stopped by the big box stores, almost everything i saw was labeled green.
where can I get stuff that is already dried?


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