Before you start
- Call 811 for underground utilities (water, gas, sewer)
- Check with homeowners' associations, insurance and municipal code officials on building, permits, inspections and existing requirements
- Check the depth of the frost line in residential area
Things to Think About
- Goal/purpose of your finished project - expanded living space, entertaining, private retreat
- Size and shape
- Location - terrain of area, slope grade, rain flow
- Placement - accessibility (point of entry)
Pressure-treated wood has chemicals impregnated deep into the fibers. They should always be handled properly to ensure safety. Follow the safe practices listed below when working with pressure-treated wood. Specific work practices may vary depending on the environment and safety requirements of individual jobs.
- Wear a dust mask and goggles when cutting or sanding wood.
- Wear gloves when handling wood
- Wash hands thoroughly with mild soap and water after working with treated wood.
- Wash work clothes separately from other
- Pressure-treated wood should not be used where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as fresh-water docks and bridges.
- Do not use pressure-treated wood in circumstances where the preservative may become a component of food, animal feed or beehives.
- Do not use pressure-treated wood for mulch.
- All sawdust and debris should be cleaned up and disposed of after construction.*
- Do not burn pressure-treated wood.*
*Pressure-treated wood may be disposed of in landfills or burned in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.