Asked by: Gustavo Hauptle
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th June, 2020

Can you build a deck with wet wood?

Most wood sold for deck building is considered wet and has a moisture content of over 30 percent water weight. Wet wood will shrink as it dries out and is less stable, which can cause it to check and warp. Dry wood is lighter, easier to work with and less likely to split.

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In this regard, can you work with wet wood?

There should be no problem working and building stuff with wet wood. Take note that it is more challenging because it is more slippery, which makes the wood hard to cut. You could even work under the rain, but never use power tools because that's where the danger starts.

Similarly, can you build with wet pressure treated wood? Wet wood is common when considering the PT stuff. Although not as easy to find, but there is such a thing as KDAT wood (kiln dried after treatment). You should consider the project and for things that will be exposed to the weather or high humidity, wet wood is OK, just heavy to work with.

Simply so, can you build a deck in the rain?

Sure, there should be no problem. You could even work in the rain, if you were so inclined. (Stay away from power tools, however if you do.) Fresh pressure treated lumber is often drippy wet.

Can non pressure treated wood get wet?

Non-KD lumber or pressure-treated lumber generally has 15-19% moisture content. Wood can absorb water up to 28-30% moisture content and is saturated at that point. So, what happens if you close up framing that is still “wet”?

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