Building coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Brighton88, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Brighton88

    Brighton88 Just Hatched

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    Hello all, we are headed to buy lumber today for building our coop. The plans I bought don't specify treated wood or untreated. The lowes guy kept asking which one we wanted and said if it's untreated we will need to put a sealer on. Just looking for a quick answer before we spend our money today! Thanks!
     
  2. Most people refer to pressure treated lumber as treated. I believe this is what is being discussed here. Pressure treated lumber is primarily used where the wood will contact the ground. So legs and runners and posts and the like are better treated as to slowing the rot process.

    I don't think you need all treated lumber for sure. Only where it contacts the ground.

    Staining and sealing or painting wood is a good idea to help preserve it.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Yes use treated wood for anything that touches the ground. Anything else it does not matter.
     
  4. wlantry

    wlantry Out Of The Brooder

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    Depends on what climate you're in. In the damp hot humid South, what would last a decade in California is nothing but sawdust after a couple years...
     
  5. Brighton88

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    Thanks! We live in Florida. The plans call for cement blocks so not much on ground. We ended up deciding not to buy today and picked up some pallets to see what we can salvage.
     
  6. If you have the time pallet wood can be very attractive.

    Here are a couple of projects I have used pallet wood with.
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  7. Brighton88

    Brighton88 Just Hatched

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    Wow that looks great!
     
  8. Brighton88

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    My husband is using this project as an excuse to buy every tool under the sun for woodworking. We bought a planer to give the pallets a nice fresh look.
     
  9. beachbum14

    beachbum14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Always treated. Termites will destroy any untreated wood touching the ground
     
  10. Planing pallet wood is risky. Hitting one staple or nail ruins the blades. Just be sure all metal is out of the wood.
     

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