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Re: Strapping vs weight for air drying lumber
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2021, 07:34:26 AM »
 

 

Topics came up before so the pics been posted before.

Strapping is what holds packs together so you can shift them around the yard.

Weight is what makes wood dry nice and flat. Moreover I'd go so far as to say evenly dispersed weight is what makes wood dry flat. That and good stickering, because a poor stickering job and serious weight will force all sorts of bends into timber.

And the best weight for a pack of timber is IMHO another pack of timber, it's just a matter of rotating so the dry stuff is on the top of a pile.
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Re: Strapping vs weight for air drying lumber
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2021, 07:44:19 AM »
 smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup  Well said.

Strapping plays an invaluable part of our operation, especially the Kubinec style with the adjustable buckles because the flatter and dryer a pack of lumber gets, the more prone it is to sliding off a set of forks and making a bad day.

Once the packs are dried and ready to be transported, I switch to the high grade poly strapping and crimps.

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Re: Strapping vs weight for air drying lumber
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2021, 06:10:02 AM »
Once it has been  planed it adds another level on its ability to shift during transporting.
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Re: Strapping vs weight for air drying lumber
« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2021, 06:25:28 AM »
Yup, nothing like having to hit the brakes when there's a pack of DAR on the truck/ forks/whatever. Slick like playing cards.

I use 3/4 green poly strapping most the time. Corner protectors, and pull it down until the strapping machine is maxed out. It's tighter than I could ever get it with my old hand tensioner, I don't often have trouble with boards sliding lengthwise in transit like I used to.

I'm also a believer in a row of stickers every 5 or 6 rows, even when it's block stacked. It adds a lot of stability, and gets away from that outside row running down your shin business when you cut the straps. 
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