Carrying Plywood

Carrying Plywood

The problem with plywood is getting in from here to there. It’s heavy and getting a good grip is difficult…especially if you have to carry it for any length of time. An easy solution is to take a couple of C-clamps and tighten them on to each end. This...
Carrying Plywood

Deck Lumber

When building a deck or other outdoor platform, don’t use lumber wider than 6 inches. Ponding water on wide boards can lead to eventual cupping problems. For example, use two 2×6’s instead of one 2×12. Pros advise installing the boards crown-side...
Carrying Plywood

Lumberyard Gear

When going to buy lumber, eliminate the guesswork by taking along the right gear. Take a good flashlight to be able to see wood in dark lumber sheds, plus a pocket knife to scrape rough-sawn boards to check grain. Also take along a good measuring tape, small square,...
Carrying Plywood

Moisture Check

Your building materials supplier should make random checks of moisture content. 7-12% is good for interior finish materials. 15-19% for kiln dried framing stock.