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Guidelines for the selection and use of pressure-treated woodAuthor(s): Stan Lebow; Juliet Tang; Grant T. Kirker; Mark Mankowski
Source: FS Pub
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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Guide for Selection and Use of Pressure-Treated Wood
DescriptionWood is a versatile and sustainable building material but may be vulnerable to fungal decay and insect damage when used outdoors or otherwise subjected to moisture. Pressure treatment with wood preservatives is the most common method of protecting wood from biological deterioration. This publication summarizes characteristics of pressure-treating preservatives and provides guidance for selection of pressure-treated wood for specific applications. It also discusses construction practices, service life expectations, and environmental considerations. The intended audience for this publication is users of pressure-treated wood such as homeowners, builders, contractors, engineers, and architects.
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CitationLebow, Stan T.; Tang, Juliet D.; Kirker, Grant T.; Mankowski, Mark E. 2019. Guidelines for selection and use of pressure-treated wood. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-275. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 39 p.
KeywordsPressure treatment, wood preservatives, selection, specification, standards
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