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Lumber choices for basement access door

I'm replacing a rotted basement access door, about 42 inches wide by 71 inches long. It's made of beaded, tongue and groove boards, about 6 inches wide by 3/4 inch thick. I'm looking for recommendations for long-lasting tongue and groove lumber. Ipe? Cedar? Others?


Re: Lumber choices for basement access door

I would go with cedar since it's exterior. Redwood is good too but way too soft and would look beat up, pretty quickly. If you can get cypress, where you live, it would also be a good wood to use.

Whatever wood you use, make sure you do a world class job of sealing it with paint, varnish or whatever. Make sure not to forget the bottom of the door. You'll have to take it off the hinges to get to it but I've seen a lot of doors get ruined by not sealing the bottom. Get a couple of horses and lay it on them to make it easy.

Good Luck.

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