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Remodeling Ideas for Winter

Now that all of the excitement of the holidays has passed, are you starting to feel the winter doldrums creeping in? There’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment when you finish a home project; yet it may seem difficult to find something to work on this time of year.

Guide to Buying Better Lumber

The biggest factor in determining the type and quality of wood that you’ll use for your next project is the project itself. That’s because certain varieties of wood are best suited for certain projects. For example, a hardwood with a closed grain such as maple would be an excellent choice for a butcher block, rather than soft porous wood such as pine.

New Rules for Pressure Treated Lumber

In the fall of 2015, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) passed a proposal to revise its U1 Standard, which describes use cases for pressure treated lumber at different levels of “retention” (a term used to describe the concentration of chemical preservative used to treat the wood). Most builders and remodelers use pressure treated lumber to build exterior decks, and the AWPA standard effectively matches retention to where in the structure the wood is used. Currently, lumber rated for ground contact is typically used for posts and grade beams, while lumber rated for above-ground use is used in the rest of the structure.