use a sanding tool or the like and smell the area sanded. If it
smells like cedar,.............well, It's cedar. If it smells like
pine, then it's pine...............etc...This will work well with the
cedar, but the rest of the woods I am unfamiliar with the scent , so
i'd probably be just a fool for stating the above. But cut the cedar
and it'll give off a very distinct cedar smell, unless it's just
rotten to death.
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If it looks good, it's redwood. Otherwise it is cedar or, worse yet,
pressure treated lumber.
I'm assuming the wood has a clear protective coating. If someone put a
colored preservative over the wood, all bets are off.
Where do you live? Redwood decks are pretty much a West Coast affair. You
don't see much cedar in the East either, because of the expense. The most
common to everywhere is plain old pressure treated pine. Unless you live in
a bucks up community, I'd bet on the pine.
Not generically true...many decks in TN were redwood (I'd say the
majority until about 10 years ago) for almost all new construction.
Granted it's now gotten expensive enough to be a custom material,
If you don't have anything to compare it to, though, it's kinda tough to tell
If you can drill a hole, or cut a bit off, in an inconspicuous place, that
should be enough to identify the difference. Even old cedar will have a faint,
but still noticeable, cedar smell to it when cut; likewise, pine smells like
pine; but redwood doesn't smell like either one.
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