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Aaron
Drying pressure treated lumber before building
Aaron

Hello all!

We're about to build a deck, and I'm hearing differing opinions on letting lumber sit to dry prior to building, and how long to dry. If I'm buying pressure treated posts, joists, and decking, both ground-contact and above-ground, from a local Home Depot or Lowes, talk to me about drying time!  I have no garage or concrete pad, but I can stack on the ground, raised off the ground on scrap wood and with spacers, and a tarp to cover when rain is in the forecast.  My actual biggest worry is theft - having a pile of good lumber in our back yard (in our area of the city in particular) is just a pure theft target - so I was hoping for as little sitting-around time as possible.  BUT I don't want a bunch of gaps (and cracks) in the deck during the first season of course. 

Thanks!

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