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May 29, 2004 at 5:05 pm #44392TimGuest
I set my pressure treated posts in concrete for my small half bath i want to add to my home, my nieghbor came over and said that pressure treated wood rots when set in concrete. is this true? if so what should i do now?
May 30, 2004 at 8:08 am #238480Henry in MIGuest
Tim, there are 3 levels of pressure treatment. The least amount of the pressure treating chemical is called “treated to rejection”, next if .4 pounds per cubic foot, then .6 pounds per cubic foot. If you used the first category of PT wood, it will rot quickly in ground contact. Resistance goes up from there and you can get creosote at a home center that will protect the most succeptible part of a timber, the end grain, from rot for a longer time. Creosote is normally put on just where the wood is in ground contact or concrete contact. One thing that is used many places it to put gravel in the bottom of the hole before you put in the concrete. This gives a route for any water that comes down the wood or next to it to get out of the hole.
That said, you should not listen to me or almost anyone else who posts here. Your local conditions determine what steps you need to take. What you need to do in the swampy country of south Louisiana, in the dry southwest of Arizona and on the rocky shores of Maine are totally different. We don’t know where you are and what precipitation and temperature conditions exist. Personally, I would go to your building inspector, since you will have to meet code, and or a local lumber yard. You may or may not talk to the right person at a home center. You may be far enough out in the country where zoning and building codes are not enforced but I doubt it. If you do not follow the code, they CAN make you tear down your bathroom and do it over. If you don’t build per code and you have a problem, such as a fire or major leak, insurance that otherwise would have covered you will not cover the damage. Is it worth the risk??
Henry in MI
May 31, 2004 at 11:02 am #238677home inspGuest
I thought they oulawed creosote years ago.
check your local codes but normally you pour a box footer then set your wood on aluminum feet made for this on top of footer. see home depot.
Some observations – home owners use 4 x 4 wood set into concrete because it’s cheap and easy.
If people walk on it use 6 x 6 wood and the aluminum feet to keep the wood off the damp concrete.
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