I hope I've come to the right place. I'm trying to locate a good
supply of spalted decking material for a variety of exterior projects
on houses, schools, and apartment buildings. The engineers spec'd all
hardwood planking but the fasteners are only rated for weights more in
line with spruce, hemlock, or another fir. That's where the spalting
idea comes in. Can any of you guys point me in the right direction?
I assume you mean "spalting" in the classic context for wood. It
would look like these:
For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would specify that
for anything other than decoration. Spalting is one of the first
stages of decomposition, and it is the start of the invasion of all
the little nasties that make wood rot.
While it isn't uncommon, it is too valuable to many and the good stuff
is in too small of a quantity to use it for something like decking or
With a substantial increase of cost, dubious structural integrity of
the wood, and the start of some potentially hazardous materials to
work with (ask just about any turner that has turned heavily spalted
wood) this just makes no sense.
There must a misunderstanding somewhere on this.
I suggest that you ask the engineers re-spec the fasteners to make
them compatible with the planking, or re-spec the planking to make
it compatible with the fasteners.
My guess is that rather than do one or the other, they will explain
to you why you should not deviate from their design.
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