Landscaping timbers $1 a pop! Are they usually pressure treated?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wink, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd guess yes, they have been treated, but what do you think?

    At my local Habitat for humanity, there are about 8 more pieces of landscaping timber a $1 each.... For that price, I thought I'd scoop 'em up and incorporate them as part of the posts for the run (building Playhouse coop type of structure). I would actually want pressure treated since it will come into contact with the ground.

    So do you think it'd work just as well as a 4x4 in the corners of the run?
     
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  2. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they work as good or better than 4X4's. You can use them for post's, door frame's etc.... I used them for both my chicken houses.
     
  3. tammymacieamy

    tammymacieamy New Egg

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    They tend to rot off rather quickly when used as posts, I don't know if it's different in various regions or not.
     
  4. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this is what I'm worried about.... They won't be IN ground per se, just sitting on top. I thought if they were pressure treated, they'd be just fine, just slightly smaller than a 4x4?
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I thought if they were pressure treated, they'd be just fine, just slightly smaller than a 4x4?

    They aren't treated very well, and tend to warp

    Spend the money to get lumber rated for "ground contact" and it will last for years​
     
  6. camotruck

    camotruck Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think they are pressure treated as much as pressure treated 4x4's. And they WILL warp like Bear Foot said. For $1 each, I would snag them for other purposes. I wound up needing some because I ended up trimming the outside of my coop and run with stone, and used the timbers to edge it. But I wouldn't use them for structural posts...
     
  7. RIBill

    RIBill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In contact with the ground the shoul be fine. They are not pressure treated, but they are simply coated. I had some used as fence posts from the previous owner. The part in ground rotted away completely in 1 year. The wood above ground was fully intact. I used some on the low side of my sloped run to reduce errosion.
     
  8. QH Girl

    QH Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We bought 100 of them on sale for fence posts around our pasture. It took them about 3-4 years to start rotting out.
     
  9. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I bought the timbers, but I think I will go for the 4x4 super pressure treated for the run corners and leave the landscape timbers for..... Landscaping!
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Smart move. Even better if you can find old power/telephone poles that have been replaced. They will far outlast pressure treated lumber of any kind.[​IMG]
     

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