Finishing nails into treated lumber indoors… a disaster waiting to happen?



Joe M.

Last Updated February 22, 2016 01:09 AM

We framed out our new kitchen island with some leftover lumber, some of which is treated. Our cabinets came with some extra skin, which is roughly 1/8" thick, and we already attached it to our island with some interior finishing nails. After the fact I read that the finishing nails are not recommended for treated lumber. Since this application is indoor only, am I still OK? Do I need to extract the finishing nails and replace them with SS or galvanized?

Thanks in advance

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Only if you notice discoloration in a couple of decades would I remove them. They won't be getting wet so the chemicals won't be active nor re-activated. I've used scraps for decades of even the really toxic stuff & still don't have any side-effect from using finish nails, common nails, plain wood screws & even staples for casement window porch screens in 2x2 PT frames.

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DEAR TIM: Over the summer I ripped up the old boards on my deck and replaced them with new pressure treated boards.

Now that they've had time to dry out, I'm about to stain the deck but I've discovered that a handful of boards are already splintering and cracking. This is really disappointing especially since I spent a little extra on the premium boards.

What's your advice on what I should do to remedy this? Would power washing help our just produce the same result?

Or should I replace the problem boards altogether? Should the warranty on pressure treated boards cover this? Adam W., Dallastown, PA

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