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post #1 of 3 Old 03-13-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am new here..was referred by someone to hopefully get my question answered.

Ok..we are building new stairs in timber frame home. I am the owner/slave doing all this!

Bought a large amount of very green douglas fir about 2 months ago...when the lumber company got it, it was frozen! Live in Missouri!..they let it thaw before milling it down.

Fast forward...stacked in my unheated garage...was moving some around 2 days ago and noticed white mold on some of the edges!

The dimensions of what I have are as follows:

4x12 for stair stringers

4x10 for stair treads

6x8 for posts for landings, and newel posts

so far, we have built the landing, and used 2x12s and 2x10s of pine to mock up the stairs before cutting into the expensive stuff!

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Question is:

1: how do i get rid of the mold?

2: how do I dry the stuff out? The landing in the photos were solid when we installed em...1 week later they had cracks! House is not occupied, and I have geothermal for yeah its supper dry in there.

Any suggestions?
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Spritz with a spray bottle and some bleach.

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Cabinet Man's bleach cure will work for you. It don't know what type of time frame you are on, but the 1st thing I would do is get those pieces sticker stacked so that the air can get thru them. This should cut down on the molding. I would try to keep them in a cool area with some air movenment (notice some not lots) and not in the heated portion of the house to keep the cracking down. However, the large timbers will likely crack anyhow. Its very hard to dry large timbers like the 6" X 8." If you have time, you might want to try a Daren kiln. It works very well. I make log furniture for a living and the one thing that still shocks me is how wet some of the wood is that builders use in log and timber framed homes. A lot of the stuff I use is drier before it hits the deck of my mill than what they are installing it in houses. You might want to post this in the milling or timber framing area to get more and better responses. Good luck!

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