The words pressure treated lumber signifies a kind of wood that has gone through a specialized process whereby chemical preservatives have been forced deep into its core. In this case, the preservatives are selected for their capability to keep the wood secure against attacks by insects. These chemicals also protect the wood from other forms of damage such as intrusion of moisture and fungal decay. One of the major benefits of such wood is that it lasts a really long time. However, at the same time, it also needs to be kept in mind that the chemicals used in the process can prove to be poisonous to humans and animals.
This is the reason why proper care needs to be taken at the time when such wood is being installed anywhere.
Tips for installation
Following are a few things that you should keep in mind while installing such lumber at your home. These would make sure that you always stay safe when you are working with such wood. First of all, you should always wear gloves when you are handling such wood. Before you eat or drink do wash your forearms and arms really well. It is also advisable to wear dust masks and safety glasses while working with these.
You need to use them when you are cutting, sanding, or drilling such wood. If you are cutting such wood it would be better to cut it outdoors or in a space that is open and properly ventilated. It is very important that such treated lumber is dried thoroughly before it is painted or stained. If you wish to test how dry such wood is you can do so by using water to sprinkle the surface with. If it is beading up then the wood is obviously wet. It is better that you allow such wood to be dried.
If you see that the water is getting soaked in then it means that the wood is dry and you can start to stain or paint it. The drier the wood, more it would shrink. It is very important that you have a clear idea of how much it would shrink before you buy the wood or lay it out on your deck. This is also applicable to other similar projects such as fencing. This would make sure that there are no unwanted gaps in the same. You should also drill pilot holes into the wood before your put screws or nails into it.