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Grading Lumber

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Lumber from a lumber yard is graded on its quality and appearance. The type of wood and the number of defects have an effect on the overall quality.   Lumber Defects Although some people like the unique character certain defects can add to wood, for structural integrity, defects should be kept to a minimum. Other…

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Deciding When to Cull Lumber

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As a contractor, you need to be able to recognize defects in lumber. A lumber yard should cull damaged wood before shipping it to your building site. This doesn’t mean that defective boards don’t get missed. You also need to recognize when you are being swindled. Wood Defects There are many types of defects in…

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How to Deal With Lumber Shrinkage

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Wood can shrink and expand as the wood’s moisture content changes in the daily and seasonal relative humidity of the atmosphere. A lumber yard is supposed to dry out lumber before it is shipped to reduce issues with using it for construction. Even if it is dried properly, other factors can affect the moisture content…

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Knowing How Much Wood You Need for a Project

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A trip to the lumber yard is always a day well spent. While there, you can get just about any type of wood you need, cut to whatever size you need. It is always a good idea to go there with a plan. You want to know what type of wood you are buying and…

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