Best Tips for Working with Pressure Treated Lumber
Wood labeled as pressure treated lumber has undergone a specialized process to force chemical preservatives deep into its core. These preservatives are chosen for their ability to protect the wood from insect attacks, fungal decay, moisture intrusion, and other issues. However, while pressure treated lumber is ideal for its longevity, these preservatives can be toxic to other animals and humans if proper care isn’t followed during installation.
Consider the following best tips for safely working with pressure treated lumber:
Pressure treated lumber is rated according to the amount and type of chemical preservatives used in the treatment process. Lumber that has been rated for ‘Above Ground Use’ is ideal for use in projects where it won’t be touching the ground, such as with fence boards or stair railings. Lumber rated as ‘Ground Contact’ can be used be installed directly in or on the ground, such as with fence stakes; while lumber that’s rated for ‘Marine Use’ can be used for projects like bulkheads or dock building. There is also specially formatted lumber that is okay for indoor use and that’s been specifically treated for fire retardation.