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Old 05-31-2007, 11:05 PM
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I'm going to be building a bench and table that my wife is going to use for her gardening stuff, repotting plants and all that other stuff gardners do. I was thinking that the trex plastic lumber would be good for this since there will be alot of watering involved. Just curious if there are any drawbacks with this stuff versus pressure treated lumber. Thanks
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:15 PM
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more than a 16 inch span will cause problems, but other than that, I've been using it for years for decks and deck seating. We live in a very varied climate (150 degrees to 80, 20 plus feet of snow a year...).
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:29 PM
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For a gardener's work bench I see but one draw back....it's those end cuts. I guess you'll have to cut strips from the 1 x 6's to finish off any exposed end cuts? So will you be cutting cleats for the under side so no screws will be exposed on the top side of the working surface? Use SS screws...you'll be pleased you did.
Other then that, I'm already jealous.

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Friends of mine that have decks built with trex planking rave about the stuff. No maintenance, no splinters. Plus, I don't think it twists and warps when it gets wet like wolmaninzed occaisionally does. I do think it needs the proper support as skibum pointed out. I have seen decks built with wolmanized joists, but trex planking.
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I built some decking around my pool last year and used Trex. Other than being very expensive, the only issue I had are. It needs more support than wood, you need to pre-drill all the holes for screws and it is a little more difficult to clean up when it gets stained. Other than that I love the stuff.
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Old 06-01-2007, 06:13 AM
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Sid,

1st off, Trex is not "plastic lumber". It is a composite. BIG difference. Trex still uses wood in it's manufacturing. Personally, I don't like Trex. They were the pioneers of composites back in the day but have fallen behind.

You should check these guys out: http://www.epsplasticlumber.com/lumberpricing.shtml

They have many sizes and colors to choose from and it IS plastic lumber.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:18 AM
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There are specific screws for composite decking that do not require any predrilling, and do not mushroom. They have a two thread design, and are a bit expensive, but worth every penny!

I have looked at all the alternatives available up here - trex still feels the best - not as hard as some of the other products. It is a solid material, and would not require any end finish, as Garret suggested, unless for asthetics.

Some of the newer products do have a hidden cleat system, with specific fasteners. There are also systems that would work with trex.

Never gets to 150 up here - that was meant to be - 50 degrees f. Good luck with your project!
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:11 AM
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I agree with Just1more - trex is not my composite of choice anymore.

Also, 16" OC supports are a must.

I would, forget about screwing from the top, I would strictly use under side fasteners.
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skibum, yah it was just for aesthetics....I don't much care for that end cut profile.

Thanks for the link Rob, that was an interesting read...........who's product do you like Dave?
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:47 PM
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I like wood myself.
Natural looking, nice feel under foot, ages nice, renewable resource. My deck is out of douglas fur, about 1200 square feet, pressure treated framing, 4 tier, big rounded corners, used cedar for all uprights.
Southwest side of house, plenty of sun, will outlast us all.
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I've got wood
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So, what are the best of the "lasts forever" zero maintenance non-wood composite or plastic decking products available today? Is there anything new that is better than everything else for South Florida high heat/strong sunlight saltwater dock environments?
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