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wooden deck preservation?

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Ralph Bauer

01-03-2012 17:34:58
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Just bought a tilt deck trailer (locally shop made) that has all the wooden decking rotted away. need to replace it. What's the most cost effective (pine, oak, else, treated, untreated, etc.) way to replace and treat the 2x??x96 boards? Trailer is 96" (outside of metal frame), boards run side to side with metal cross-members flush with floor every ~6ft.
Been told to use Thompson deck preserver, but also use used motor oil and brush that on instead...
Any and all feedback appreciated. (Metal decking not doable without additional cross framing). Thanks, Ralph.

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john_Bud

02-04-2012 10:31:43
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to IHMANKY, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
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Uh..... have you investigated how many MILLIONS of gallons of used engine oil are dripped on the roads every year?
The oil goes into the wood. Why would you even think it would contaminate the water you drink? Also, have you considered the alternative to not treating? Trees will have to be cut down every 2-3 years to replace the rotted boards vs every 25-30 years. Yes, oil soaked wood will last that long.

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dixon boy Rl

01-29-2012 12:20:18
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
I did mine with a bedliner rollon kit from lowes. has work reall good so far on its third year of use



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MisterT

01-29-2012 08:27:28
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to JayinNY, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
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Do you know that most commercial wood preservatives contain arsenic? Would you rather have arsenic getting into your ground water?



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dpendzic

01-10-2012 17:20:24
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
By marine grade pressure treated sheathing that"s treated to 2.5 lbs per CF.Southern Pine or Douglass fir--Douglas fir may have to be incised to get that retention. Rough sawn is generally cheaper and stronger than S4S lumber place decking with the sapwood up.



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mj

01-10-2012 09:04:23
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Crem, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
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Ditto 8)



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soundguy

01-06-2012 19:57:26
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
i'd get the old style pt boards, then paint liberally! with asphalt fence paint.

probably goog for over a decade that way...


soundguy



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mkirsch

01-05-2012 07:29:59
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
Whatever you do I think it's a good idea to treat the board BEFORE you install it.

Otherwise, there will be areas on the board covered up by the trailer framework that will not get treated. This will also be where the moisture gets trapped. Bad news.

The edges and underside will not get the full treatment either because it's not easy to get to them. Looks good on top but rots from underneath.

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rustyfarmall

01-05-2012 07:12:40
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to buickanddeere, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
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My trailer came with pressure treated wood. Most likely it is pine.



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rustyfarmall

01-04-2012 07:02:13
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
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My trailer is 10 years old. It sets outside all the time. I have been treating it with used motor oil at least once and sometimes twice per year. I pick a day in the hot summer and pour the oil on heavy enough that it takes a few days for it to completely soak in. The wood looks every bit as good today as it did when the trailer was brand new.

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Ralph Bauer

01-04-2012 11:18:59
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to rustyfarmall, 01-04-2012 07:02:13  
Did you start out with treated or untreated wood?



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ShepFL

01-04-2012 10:53:29
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to rustyfarmall, 01-04-2012 07:02:13  
I do the same as rustyfarmall



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J.Wondergem

01-04-2012 06:11:59
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to toms1650, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
I use White Oak, and Thompsons on mine.



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showcrop

01-04-2012 05:23:35
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to ToddLevi, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
I used to swear by Thompsons, but it depends what you are putting it on. Pine or yellow pine will suck it in but I found that on fir decking that it doesn't penetrate at all.



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scotc

01-03-2012 18:42:49
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 01-03-2012 17:34:58  
If you've got the old oil use it. If you have to buy something you may as well get Thompson's or some linseed oil or some other water repellant like that.



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Hill-Billy Rock-Star

01-28-2012 21:06:39
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 Re: wooden deck preservation? in reply to scotc, 01-03-2012 18:42:49  
I sure hope all you guys that use Used oil don't live around me. I like my water clean.



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