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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

Will I have problems running 16' deck boards through a planer and will I get a nice result? Will the pressure treated chemicals, or the years of tree muck adhered to the surface of the boards wreck ...
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How is playground wood treated?

The equipment in your picture may be coated with a couple coats of an oil-based, penetrating stain. Or it may be just bare wood. Cedar and redwood, for example, stand up to weather very well on their ...
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How is playground wood treated?

Much construction of playground equipment uses pressure-treated softwood (wood from conifer trees). Current treatment of choice is ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary) but there is also CA (copper azole), ...
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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

Cleaning the deck is the right call here. I wouldn't in general countenance planing PT stock (or doing any other operation to it in bulk, especially sanding). Yes you can protect yourself from the ...
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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

Mostly no, but you could. I would not because if it is treated lumber you run a risk of removing the protective layer that makes the treated lumber, well... treated. So with that said I would not. But ...
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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

Rent a floor refinishing belt sander or a large orbital sander (24in disk) and keep the boards in place and sand them down. When you pull up those boards some will have a tendency to warp and twist ...
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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed

UFP Treated means that the wood is pressure treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) to make it less susceptible to rot. This technique comes from building boats, piers, carports, ... anything ...
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Exterior Plywood that looks relatively nice

Converting my Comments above into an Answer as per a request. I was told (Baltic) Birch, but I assume that would need to be sealed. Although it's not sold to be used outdoors, if there'd be no ...
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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

I have actually done this for several decks. The first step after removing the boards is to pressure wash the boards, top and bottom, to remove as much accumulated dirt and debris as possible. Check ...
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Goat playpen project (lumber treatment)

Use a naturally weather-resistant wood like cedar. It is relatively cheap and easy to maintain. A lot of playgrounds, fences, decks, and outdoor furniture are made out of cedar for this reason. ...
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Just realized our deck was built with CCA pressure treated wood, what shall we do to eliminate or reduce the harm?

In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: Don't Panic Arsenic impregnated wood is not that toxic. Obviously, you don't want to make a baby teething ring from it, and if I had to sand it, I would work ...
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What screw is best with treated lumber?

Pressure treated lumber is treated with Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ), an environmentally friendly water-based preservative that is free of arsenic and chromium. However, ACQ treated lumber is more ...
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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed

In the United States, since 2003, the availability of CCA pressure treated wood has been scant. EPA does not allow its use in residential applications, so it will be hard to find at your local lumber ...
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What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?

Cherry is not a durable species* as I presume you know, so a protective finish becomes a must to ensure a long life if using it outdoors. Since you obviously don't have a problem with a fully ...
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Reuse planks of an old garden house

It's highly unlikely that the wood was pressure treated for a "dry" use like sheathing. And, it would be very unusual to use an after market preservative in that setting, beyond the ...
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Can't tell if my deck joists are treated

How old is the deck and what condition are the joist in now? That should tell you a lot about how the deck will hold up. The T&G deck should have limited the penetration of water to the structure ...
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Just realized our deck was built with CCA pressure treated wood, what shall we do to eliminate or reduce the harm?

I found this: To protect against arsenic exposure, Warren recommends using oil-based semi-transparent sealant every two years. He explains they make a clear seal, but it is not recommended because it ...
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What screw is best with treated lumber?

Galvanized and coated deck screws rust in treated pine; I am sure it has very little to do with the treatment. The first screws failed at about 10 years but a few lasted 20 years. I expect the ...
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How do I know if the wood I picked up on Craigslist is treated?

Since this is US/Canada, when you talk about "treated" I assume you're talking about CCA (Copper-Chrome-Arsenic). The answer is simple enough - buy a test kit. Google on arsenic wood test kit. For ...
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Pressure treated vs stain and varnish

I would be more concerned about using PT wood that comes in contact with skin or even clothes. Pressure treated means pressure treated with chemicals. CCA or chromated copper arsenate has been ...
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Pressure treated vs stain and varnish

For lumber to rot you need (long term) moisture. So under your porch you normally don't even need to varnish it.
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Help identifying old fence wood

Other than chemical analysis, or direct knowledge of someone associated with installing the fence or otherwise in the know, there can be no definitive answer to your question as stated in combination ...
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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed

I wanted to start by quoting an MSDS from a supplier of UFP treated wood Ecotoxicity: The product is not expected to leach harmful amounts of preservative into the environment; however, some ...
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