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Old 10-13-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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All roads lead to giving pressure treated wood 2 to 3 months average time to "dry" before considering staining (or whenever the water droplet test passes). My client is suggesting stacking the new lumber under his carport to dry. I'm concerned that not being installed, it may tend to warp and/or cup during this time. Thoughts???
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Oh yeah, the wood is 2 x 6 x 12's.


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It depends somewhat on the species of wood that was treated, but generally yes, it is a mistake to let it dry uninstalled. You may not have to wait 2 to 3 months either before you coat it - you only need to wait until it is dry. I think the 'longer the better' approach is an anachronism left over from the CCA days whereas the new wisdom with ACQ is to coat it as soon as the moisture content of the wood permits. My experience bears this out also.

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All roads lead to giving pressure treated wood 2 to 3 months average time to "dry" before considering staining (or whenever the water droplet test passes). My client is suggesting stacking the new lumber under his carport to dry. I'm concerned that not being installed, it may tend to warp and/or cup during this time. Thoughts???
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Oh yeah, the wood is 2 x 6 x 12's.
As soon as that wood is broken out of the shipping pallet it starts to warp. He will not like the results if he just stacks it in his carport to let it dry.
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It will also start to cup, warp, and crack if left un sealed for to long. The elements, especially the son put a beating on wood that is left un stained for long periods. It really does not have to dry out for that long of a period, unless you are staining both sides, both ends and edges, which I doubt. The sooner wood gets stained the better it will hold up and less it will cost down the road to repair.
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I agree storing it is a mistake.

Use KDAT and you can paint or stain without waiting.
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Thanks for all the responses, now I won't end up with a carport full of bannana wood!

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