Fighting Fastener Corrosion Potsdam NY

Deck building used to be simpler. At the lumberyard, you’d load up on CCA-treated 2-by stock for the floor system, 6x6s for the posts, and whatever the budget allowed for the decking — anything from 1x6 pressure treated to more-expensive 1x4 Doug fir.

Local Companies

Leberge & Curtis Inc
(315)386-5296
North Russell Road
Canton, NY
Rex Hardware
(315)375-0256
125 E Main St
Canton, NY
Woodchop Shop
(315)769-2360
9398 State Highway 56
Norfolk, NY
Randall Frank & Son
(315)265-4439
Russell Turnpike
Potsdam, NY
Cleveland Constr
(718) 556-2884
1933 Richmond Ter
Staten Island, NY
Aubuchon Hardware
(315)379-0240
21 Miner Street
Canton, NY
Leberge & Curtis Inc.
(315)386-8568
5984 County Route 27
Canton, NY
Woodchop Shop
(315)386-8120
352 Cowan Rd
Canton, NY
Potsdam Agway Cooperative Inc
(315)265-8660
14 Pine Street
Potsdam, NY
Sheehan J E Constr Corp
(315) 265-8427
208 Sissonville Rd
Potsdam, NY

What’ll you have with that wood preservative: Hot-dip galvanized, polymer coated, or stainless steel?

by Jefferson Kolle



Deck building used to be simpler. At the lumberyard, you’d load up on CCA-treated 2-by stock for the floor system, 6x6s for the posts, and whatever the budget allowed for the decking — anything from 1x6 pressure treated to more-expensive 1x4 Doug fir. Buying hardware and fasteners was straightforward too. Inside the lumberyard, you’d load up on nails, nuts, bolts, screws, and maybe joist hangers. And you’d be good to go.

Buying lumber and fasteners is no longer so straightforward. Since CCA was withdrawn from the residential market in 2004, new preservatives have taken its place. The corrosiveness of some of these chemicals has in turn spawned new types of corrosion-resistant hardware, which have left deck builders wondering which ones work best and if the best ones are worth the money.

A Little Chemistry
According to Dr. Pascal Kamdem, professor of wood science and technology at Michigan State University, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) pressure-treated wood was phased out because European countries objected to the chromium, while concerns in the United States centered around the arsenic. “Chemical companies wanted a pressure-treating formula that would be acceptable worldwide, so they got rid of both objectionable chemicals.”

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