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Old 08-02-2018, 09:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Grading No. 1, 2, and 3 are for structural strength, with the lower number being best.
Grading A, B, C, and D are for appearance characteristics. Or how knotty the lumber is. A being the best and very clear.
Then there is the texture. Saw texture, rough texture, or S4S.

Cedar is also difficult to stain on horizontal surfaces. It doesn't hold up well with foot traffic.
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I used pressure treated lumber on mine and it is lasting very well. Just a thought, instead of 5/4 by 6" decking boards I used 2' X 6". It cost about a $1 a board cheaper than the 5/4 and is much stronger. Just my tw0 cents.
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Cedar Is very soft; I like Cedar for outdoor use but for the decking floor I would use something else.
5/4” PT premium pine boards or something like Cumaru.
If you’re gone in 3 years, 2” X 6” PT pine boards with a good outdoor oil is just fine.
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Cedar Is very soft; I like Cedar for outdoor use but for the decking floor I would use something else.
5/4” PT premium pine boards or something like Cumaru.
If you’re gone in 3 years, 2” X 6” PT pine boards with a good outdoor oil is just fine.
I'm still kicking everything around. I'm starting to consider PT as it tends to look good for few years. Other thing is I want screws used ...not nails.
Where is McI Florida.
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Taking a look at #3 cedar. If it looks good I'm going for it. The original deck was mahogany and lasted for years. No idea what grade it was...the installer used a good quality.
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