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IPE decking arrived warped

Posted by slasher71 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 8, 10 at 14:29

Hi

I've just had a delivery from a UK company of air dried IPE 141mm x 90mm

Lengths of around 4.2meters & less

About 8 to 10 lengths are warped, is this normal with lengths this long?

I never purchased IPE before & wanted to check that this isn't normal before I ask the company to collect all the wood

Thanks in advance

Regards

Dave


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RE: IPE decking arrived bowed

Sorry I mean bowed not warped


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

Collect all the wood? Why? Are you going to scrap the entire project? The boards that are unusable should be swapped out for usable ones. If you don't know how to use bowed boards, I recommend hiring someone. As you are building the deck, the boards that can't be made straight get set aside and returned. If you wait too long before getting started, it's going to be hard to argue your case that the boards arrived crooked if you let them sit around the jobsite for half a season.

Start working right away. Do not sit on the wood. Install a couple of straight boards and then clamp one of the bent ones in place at one end and see if you can take the bow out with the tool you bought for that purpose (bow wrench). If the board straightens, screw it down and keep going. If it is beyond straightening, set it aside. Call the supplier back once you have all the rejects sorted and stacked, and your project is 90% complete. They will gladly oblige. If you call them up at this point complaining you are just going to irritate them...and make it more difficult on you.


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

This is America dude. You want to talk to me dont do it in mm crap. J.


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

Oh, I just realized the dimensions you're talking about. Good catch, John. After a few minutes of calculations I figured this guy has a bunch of bowed 4x6. What are you building? How out of straight are they? Can you find a standard tape measure to help communicate with us in inches/ feet? This wood has got to weigh a ton. I've never worked with anything over 4x4 in Ipe, and that's for railings that are made with 4' lengths. A bowed 4x4 12' long is not really a problem once cut down to 4'


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

Back in the day I asked and payed extra for the lumbie to select out decent 2x's for a patio project as the rafters were exposed. They delivered junk. Loaded it up in the truck, backed up to the entrance to the store, and dumped the load right there. Within a few hours, decent 2x's were delivered to the site! Good ol' bad days!


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

True Sieer,but the dude is talking 4x6 ipe.

With an order like that its a given the >>>Carpenter<<< already knows how to work with Lumber like that. Posting a Bit##ching thing is way out of line in anyones book. J.


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

Hi

The lengths are 13.78 foot long
5.55 inches wide
0.75 inches height

How much will IPE bend without cracking?

Regards

Dave


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RE: IPE decking arrived warped

OK so this is regular 1x6 decking. How are you getting along making it unbent already?

This is a normal deck job, I gather. How's the progress coming?


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