I am a total newbie when it comes to building. I bought some
plans for a deck (eventually a gazebo), spent $$$ on tools, and also
spent several hundred $$ on PT lumber at Home Depot this spring.
(Mostly 2x6, 2x8 and 4x4's.)
The guy at HD said I should let the lumber get air and dry for a
couple months before using it. (It was soaking wet.) So I put nails
in the ends and vertically suspended all the boards from the ceiling
of my garage, with lots or air around each board.
A couple weeks ago I started......and stopped. The wood is
warped, in all 3 dimensions. Some badly, and some just a little.
Obviously I did something wrong. So I found this group, and hope
that some of you could give me some guidance.
First, are there some websites that give good, detailed info on
the selection and use of PT wood?
Secondly, here are a couple of basic questions. Did I let it dry
correctly? Or should I have used it while it was still wet?
Is there any way to get the wood to bend back into shape? All my
joists will be double 2x8's. I just used some heavy-duty clamps to
force the ends of 2 pieces of 2x8's back together , but it looks like
the wood will crack/split if I try to go any further along the lengths
of the boards..
Even if the wood doesn't split, how should they be fastened, and
will the fasteners hold after I release the clamps? My brother-in-law
said to use long deck screws, but they look awfully weak, and so I was
thinking of using 3/8 s.s. bolts with s.s. fender washers next to the
wood. But all this is based on the wood not cracking/splitting, and I
have a hunch that it is going too once I start moving down the length
of the 2 boards..
As I said, I am a newbie. Any basic info on PT wood would be
__much__ appreciated, as would pointers to any lengthy
discussions/primers on pt wood on any websites.
Thanks for any help you can provide.