I was sitting here tonight catching up on all the posts when I came across Lindy's post regarding the deck she is building. Someone stated quite emphatically that she should discard the wood she has and build her deck from Pressure Treated Lumber. I emphatically DISAGREE.
We built a small deck on the side of our house with PTL, and while building the deck I wondered what the residue was that kept sticking to my hands and making them very very itchy. My hands turned a terrible yellow colour and I had scratched them so bad I had to seek medical attention. After several visits to my GP and a Dermatoligist, the Drs. decided that my problem was caused by the chemicals in the PTL we used to build the deck. The Drs. scrabed off a layer of my skin and sent it for analysis, and they discovered some arsenic in the composition of my skin. The arsenic came from the PTL on the deck.
I spent several hundred dollars on presriptions trying to cure the problem to no avail, nothing worked (see my tip of the day for my home cure).
I have 7 Grandchildren who are at my house all the time and this deck is the main entrance to my house. Hubby and I have decided we will remove this deck and build a more people and enviromentaly friendly deck. We've decided that treating a pine or cedar deck on a yearly basis is a small price to pay compared to the health of one of our grandchildren. We will never use PTL again for any project.
I make this post only because I would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of using PTL.
PS: There is a very informative article in the Aug/Sept issue of CWW mag about PTL.