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High moisture content plagues support pillar

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Q: I have just replaced a support pillar with a new piece of 6-by-6 Douglas fir. It is bleeding pitch, or resin, on two sides. I plan to prime and paint it when the weather improves. How best can I remove the pitch and reduce the chance of the pitch reappearing after I paint? How long should I wait before tackling this job? A: To get a good-looking, long-lasting paint job, you need to wait for the wood to adjust to its new environment. The lumber you bought is probably construction-grade fir. This lumber grade is used for its strength, not its looks. It's the stuff houses are framed with. But when properly prepped and painted, construction-grade lumber can look good. Construction-grade fir is greener lumber, with a higher moisture content than its kiln-dried counterpart. Kiln-dried fir is selected for the absence of imperfections and heat-dried in a kiln at the lumber mill. Certain imperfections are allowed in construction-grade boards, provided they do not compromise structural integr...