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Tim Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates two ways to prevent wood from splitting went nailing it down. A nail that is too sharp can be a cause of splitting wood. Drilling a pilot hole can prevent wood from splitting.

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For those times you have to cut a groove or mortise into a piece of wood, Tim Carter demonstrates two common ways to accomplish this cut. Using a circular saw, a hammer and a wood chisel is one method. A wood router is even easier.

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It's important to know the types of wood and what projects they are best for. AsktheBuilder.com's Tim Carter discusses the different types of wood and how the wood types are recognized and how their attributes are utilized.

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Wet or rain-soaked framing lumber will not rot in a matter of days. Homeowners often worry that the wood is ruined if a house gets wet during construction. Water can cause problems if the lumber is allowed to stay wet for weeks and weeks, so do whatever is possible to get a roof on the house.

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CCA for residential use as a wood preservative was banned after the end of 2003. Regularly sealing structures already built with CCA treated wood helps contain the leaching of chemicals. The EPA presents advisories for safe handling of CCA treated lumber that need to be heeded and taught to your children as well.

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Chromated copper arsenate, or CCA, has been used to preserve wood since the 1940's. The use of CCA in residential applications was banned after 12/31/2003. Cca treated wood chemicals were found to dissolve in water and leach out of the wood, causing potential harm. Sealing cca treated lumber will reduce leaching of the chemicals. Be sure to use a synthetic resin to keep the lumber from becoming a mildew and algae smorgasbord and read these advisories for safe handling!

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If plywood is not dealt with properly, it can swell and create major problems with roofing, flooring or siding. Correction to this wood product problem can clean your wallet. These tips cover plywood characteristics and proper installation of plywood. Read, be informed, and extract maximum useful life from your plywood project.

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