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Using Treated Lumber for Building

Treated wood is wood that has been impregnated with chemicals. The reason this is done is to protect the wood from biological deterioration, but it's also a safety issue as wood that is treated delays the combustion that is due to fire.

The chemicals used for treating wood are broadly divided up into four categories;
1. Waterborne preservatives
2. Oilborne preservatives
3. Creosote
4. Fire retardents

Wood treated with waterborne preservatives is usually used more in residential and commercial contexts. Oil-borne is used mostly for utility poles and creosote for railroads and marine structures.

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What is treated lumber?

Treated lumber is wood that has been 'treated' with chemicals to slow down the decay process that naturally happens.

Sep 09, 2013 | Building Materials

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How do you protect your ramp against the rain?

Wet damp conditions are not good for your ramp as the wood will more than likely rot after time. This should be taken into consideration before you make your ramp. When building the ramp, make sure to use galvanized screws or nails and use pressure treated wood, you should also paint it for extra protection.

Jan 17, 2013 | Sport & Outdoor - Others

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What is the danger of building a dog house made of pressure-treated wood?

The disadvantage of pressure-treated wood is that it contains dangerous chemicals, which are harmful to your dog.

Sep 10, 2012 | Dogs

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I have a 18 volt cordless drill and am having trouble drilling screws into pressure treated 2 X 4's. What are the proper adjustment settings for denser (and lighter weight) materials? Thanks, John

Tighten clutch all the way. If you are using pressure treated that is dry, pre drill the holes. Use full speed/Hi speed. Be aware if you live in the USA, the "new pressure treated" wood requires special screws. The "old" screws will be eaten by the chemicals in the "new" wood.

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