DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Garden and Lawncare > Homeowner Test to see if wood is Pressure Treated?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-27-2011, 02:55 PM  
Curmudgeon10
Member
Projects
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 45
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Homeowner Test to see if wood is Pressure Treated?

I had to contract with the original fence company this year to replace 6 PT fence posts which had rotted at ground level. Fence is 10 years old split rail, wire mesh applied.

This is a reputable company in our area. The replacement posts did not LOOK pressure treated to me, but the company assured me they were.

Is there any way for a homeowner to test the material to see whether it is pressure treated?



__________________
Curmudgeon10 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-27-2011, 03:24 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,686
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

Treated lumber should have a green color to it. Some but not all have been insized, which is hundreds of little cuts on all four sides with the grain to allow more treatment to get into the wood.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2011, 11:59 AM  
Curmudgeon10
Member
Projects
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 45
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default No Green

The posts have no discernible green tinge, but I am not going to use that as a definitive test one way or the other (because I know the installer will come up with some reason why I can't see a green tinge). I was hoping for something simple like (not saying this is true...) "a drop of household vinegar turns the wood black," etc.

__________________
Curmudgeon10 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2011, 12:51 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,686
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

Maybe you should make a trip to your local lumber yard and look at treated and untreated posts so you would have a better idea. If the tops are cut you would be able to see an untreated center. Maybe you could post a photo here.

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2011, 01:26 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,686
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

Flame test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It sounds like test could cost more than the posts.
__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2011, 04:07 PM  
paul52446m
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houghton Lake, Mi.
Posts: 435
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curmudgeon10 View Post
The posts have no discernible green tinge, but I am not going to use that as a definitive test one way or the other (because I know the installer will come up with some reason why I can't see a green tinge). I was hoping for something simple like (not saying this is true...) "a drop of household vinegar turns the wood black," etc.
As far as i know they outlawed the stuff that makes the wood green. When i buy treated wood now it looks almost clear. About like wet wood. Paul
__________________
paul52446m is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2011, 11:18 PM  
MikeP
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
Default

PT lumber is not as green as it used to be because they are no longer using CCA to treat it.

__________________
MikeP is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2011, 07:44 AM  
joecaption
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hartfield VA, VA
Posts: 1,361
Liked 38 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

If it's green it's treated with copper, if it's been kiln dryed after treatment almost all the green goes away.



__________________
joecaption is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Using pressure treated lumber for termites? Bgrae001 Framing and Foundation 4 03-07-2009 07:15 AM
Pressure Treated? Rincon General Home Improvement Discussion 2 07-07-2008 09:22 AM
Predrilling into pressure treated wood. Engineering help ElevatedDeck General Home Improvement Discussion 3 03-23-2008 06:55 AM
Gas Pressure Test Question MattL Plumbing Forum 4 12-10-2006 12:05 PM
Gas line pressure test tonocats Plumbing Forum 6 09-30-2006 02:08 PM