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Rongee

09:02AM | 05/16/04
Member Since: 04/28/04
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I want to build an extensive wooden walkway through an acre and half of pine forest. If I were to use for my support treated lumber, and for the top if I was to use untreated pine and coat it with linseed oil and then seal with a high grade sealant. How long would this pine last? Bear in mind it will not touch the ground.

Thank you very much

Piffin

04:39PM | 05/16/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
I just had a conversation last week about this subject with a wood scientist from a lumber wholesaler/mill.

There is more to be concerned with than that it not touch the ground. They recommend that it be at least 18" above the ground with free ventilation through. Here in this part of Maine, we try to do that anyway because of carpenter ants. Other parts of the country experience termites and other vermin.

You might seal the top and then have moisture trapped underneath so the mold and rot attack the wood from that direction. Ants and bettles might burrow through and drag bacteria with them. so provide ventialtion and seal the wood on al four sides first before application.

There are a lot of kinds of pine. Overall, it is not one of the first choices for decks because it is not that strong and it rots easily. Cedar, redwood, and fir are better North American wood choices. Ipe`, pau Lope', and canberra are tropical hardwood exotics that make good choices. You should probably also consider the manmade deck materials like Trex and Correctdek

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Rongee

12:57PM | 05/18/04
Member Since: 04/28/04
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There were two reasons for the desire for the pine. One I love the grain. Second is the price. When I am looking at installing roughly 5,000 sq ft of decking cost becomes a factor.

Rongee

Piffin

03:53PM | 05/18/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
Pine must be cheaper there than it is here, and after walking on it for a year and then seeing it start to rot. the grain won't make too much difference in what you are looking at.

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