I know that in general you don't want untreated wood to directly
contact a concrete foundation or footing since water wicks up through
the relatively porous concrete.
Does this also apply to wood contact with HYDRAULIC cement?
My thinking is that this may theoretically be less of a problem since
hydraulic cement by definition is supposed to be more water tight.
Many guys seem to be confused by the term "hydraulic" cement.
The "hydraulic" cement you refer to is just plain portland cement
formulated to set quickly and labeled as something special so as to
separate you from more money than it should. It is no different in terms
of porosity or bonding from ordinary cement.
All portland cement is also properly termed "hydraulic" in another sense,
namely, that it sets by the addition of water.
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