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Old 12-02-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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I have 1 month old rough sawn timbers built into an outside stair case... Eventually I will sand, stain, and seal. Wondering if I should throw on some Thompson's today (55d) before it snows tomorrow and winter arrives... Or let them weather for a winter?
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I would not be using Thompson Water Seal on them except to seal the ends and/or cuts.
Using it on the top/bottom/sides will affect their ability to be stained/painted later since Thompson is a wax emulsion.
Using it to seal any exposed end grain will reduce checking and warping.
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Thanks... I was thinking the same thing. Ill just hit the ends and cuts.
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If you use thompsons nothing else will stick in the future.
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Thanks for the info... I went ahead and just sealed the ends of the posts. I'll be covering with solar light caps anyway so figured it was better to be safe rather than have my stairs split on me.
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I have 1 month old rough sawn timbers built into an outside stair case...
Ayuh,..... What species,..?? 1 month since the build,..??

How long ago sawn,..??
Air dried at all, or still green,..??

We recently did abuncha 8x14" hard maple, 10'ers, 12'ers, 'n 14'ers,...
Logs were 6 months down,...
Sawn, 'n installed last summer in a yoga studio,....
Overkill, but beautiful stuff,...
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I have 1 month old rough sawn timbers built into an outside stair case...
Hopefully they had been cut a lot longer ago than one month. Otherwise they are going to be twisting and bending considerably over the winter. You don't want to use green lumber for a project like that. It should take at least 6 months, preferably a year before being used unless it's kiln dried.
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I hope you have a plan for flashing the deck at the house. That is pretty but it is built in trouble.
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Answering questions...
1 month since install.. Purchased from commercial lumber supply house
So... IDK how long and/or type of drying process they had before selling to my contractor but they do not appear to be very green at all (ie: not soft or leaking sap)

Flashing at the deck - Yes, and Smartside siding is in process of going on.

Re: Thompsons... I decided to just apply to the 'top' of the vertical posts (which will be covered with solar lights in the future anyway after handrail install); and I did hit the cut ends at the base of the stairs which would be exposed to snow/rain directly on the landing; might taking a little sanding on those ends next spring - but thought I should be safe since those ends will be directly impacted.

Good timing as we got 8" snow here today... Winter arrived.

Thanks again for all the feedback...
As soon as my contractor is done with the siding and finish's installing the man and garage doors... I'll be working on getting electrical done.

Then the questions will REALLY start!!!
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