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Old 07-29-2012, 09:12 PM   #1
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#1 vs #2 PT Lumber


What is the difference?

At my local Home Depot they sell:

4 x 4 x 8 #1 Pressure-Treated Post

Model # 4210154
Store SKU # 439603

$7.97 /EA-Each


4 x 4 x 10 #2 Pressure-Treated Timber

Model # 4220254
Store SKU # 257974

$9.97 /EA-Each



What is the difference between #1 and #2 PT lumber?

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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PT #1 is the better stuff you want to use for the actual decking surface. It has less knots, blemishes, etc. than #2 PT lumber. #2 has knots and blemishes you really don't want on your decking surface........it is best used for deck FRAMING purposes.

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PT #1 is the better stuff you want to use for the actual decking surface. It has less knots, blemishes, etc. than #2 PT lumber. #2 has knots and blemishes you really don't want on your decking surface........it is best used for deck FRAMING purposes.
Sums it up nicely. It is just a standard lumber grading system.

Especially at box stores, you still have to look at each piece! It is why I shopped at real lumber yards. They had the common sense and knowledge to know even a #1 piece of decking was not of much value if it was warped into a semi-circle! They didn't just unload the truck and toss it in the stack! The few times I have had to buy lumber at a box store helping friends in other places I wasted half a day sorting it all myself and using a language not for children and impressionable young ladies!
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