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What time of lumber is best to use for a kid's treehouse?

Is pressure treated ok? I know there is one kind that has arsenic in it.

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Asked by mrsderekjeter at 4:28 PM on May. 4, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • I was just going to say no pressure treated! You are correct on that. A lot of it does have arsenic in it and some stores won't tell you that! I'd ask a contractor that you can trust.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:33 PM on May. 4, 2010

  • I know that most pressure treated woods are now CCA free as per a voluntary agreement with the EPA (this all occurred in 2003-04). Look for treated wood that is labeled as safe for children's playsets. Cedar is expensive, but is great for outdoor use.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 6:03 PM on May. 4, 2010

  • Yeah, pressure treated lumber isn't treated with arsenic anymore and it's a good choice for anything outdoors. You could do cedar or redwood, but it's more expensive and if they're going to want to paint it they'll just cover up how pretty it is.

    Answer by Avarah at 12:21 AM on May. 5, 2010

  • that would depend on how much you want to spend and how elaborate the tree house is. western red cedar will always be a safe bet and always look good. treated pine is pretty much a staple in the american do it yourself routine. don't paint a tree house, it'll look bad in 3 years and nobody will want to continually go up there to repaint.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:56 AM on May. 5, 2010

  • cedar is great (that is what the rainbow systems are) cypress is cheaper and holds up well too.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 12:31 PM on May. 5, 2010

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