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Old 10-08-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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I know there is a difference in 5/4" boards, what about 2"x's and 6"x6"'s? (quality & color)

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Usually also a difference in price, local lumberyard is less expensive, and usually better quality.

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The difference, other than price, is whether it is #1 or#2 which is a cosmetic difference in the number of defects. Shop around for prices. I never use treated lumber for decks any more. A comparable/cheaper wood alternative would be stk cedar even though it needs more maintenance.
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There are different structural grades as mentioned, appearance is a minor factor, span distance critical. Cedar can be used for a deck surface, not framing structurally with most Building Departments due to it's low structural rating.

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I am going to buy from lumber yard,....deck already has all framing materials from there, just going to build railing and I want it to match...
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