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    I managed to score some cheap spotted gum floorboards from auction.

    Cheap enough for me to buy it 4 months before I need/want them.

    They are in packs wrapped in plastic.

    I have a garage but truck can't unload it in the garage.

    I don't want to unpack it by hand because I will need to transport them to my new house in a couple of months after house is at lock up (I have 400sqm odd).

    I'm in Melb and unfortunately winter is coming.

    Would it be ok to cover it up with builders plastic sheeting for a few months?

    Or can someone recommend a place in Melb I can store the packs of timber?

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    Would be better to store them inside, on gluts off the ground, I have stored timber outside not strapped for over 12 months under plastic, 95% of it survived fine, a few bit's of pine bent a little.

    If you store it on concrete off the ground, cover in plastic and tape the ends up it should be ok, not sure how the cold will affect them down there, might also be good to put something on the concrete first to break the cold from it getting to the lower boards.

    You would need to let it acclimatise to the new location for a few weeks before fixing them down.
    We do it by cutting them in and turning them over, leave them for a few weeks while you do other work on top of them, then turn them over and fix em down.

    This way the boards are used to the new environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB1 View Post
    I managed to score some cheap spotted gum floorboards from auction.

    Cheap enough for me to buy it 4 months before I need/want them.

    They are in packs wrapped in plastic.

    I have a garage but truck can't unload it in the garage.

    I don't want to unpack it by hand because I will need to transport them to my new house in a couple of months after house is at lock up (I have 400sqm odd).

    I'm in Melb and unfortunately winter is coming.

    Would it be ok to cover it up with builders plastic sheeting for a few months?

    Or can someone recommend a place in Melb I can store the packs of timber?

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    they need to be stored undercover preferably, if you can't, then get them 450mm up off the ground & tarp them so no moisture
    can reach the timber, even then the packs will suck up moisture & it'll take more than a couple of weeks to acclimatise if it's not raining, if it is rainy high humidity weather it will take even longer again, no problem as long as you factor in that time.
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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah I understand it is much preferred they be stored undercover. However the truck crane can't deliver it unto my garage.

    I have no issue with acclimatising them for a few weeks if not more. I'm more concerned they will bow or cup pernamently as they are only 14mm thick overlay boards.

    I'm going to call up a few places to see if they can store it for me, they also need a forklift.

    If not, they will be stored outside. I was planning to lay plastic sheet on the ground first, drop the timber on top and then wrap them from the bottom. Then wrap a separate sheet from the bottom.

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    if you leave it as it comes from the mill wrapped and packed, you will get mould between the boards. The best thing you can do, even when it means a bit of extra work, is to unpack by hand, put it in your garage on several blocks of wood and lay one layer at the time with sticks between the layers all the same size. Buy or cut a bunch of wooden strips say 10mm thick and have one across each layer every 500 or so. The reason you bought it cheap is because it is not high grade and probably not very dry either, just a guess.
    When you take it to the new place, you will need to do the same for a week or two as others suggested.
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    If I wanted to ruin a pack of seasoned flooring I'd wrap it in plastic & leave in directly on the ground outside.
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    What about a small stick built frame sized to allow plenty of room top, sides and under? and using a canvas tarp rather then a poly plastic one?
    Plastic on the ground under the frame to stop some of the ground vapour rising?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB1 View Post
    However the truck crane can't deliver it unto my garage.
    Can he deliver it in front of the garage, then you use some rollers (pipe or logs) to roll it into the garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    Can he deliver it in front of the garage, then you use some rollers (pipe or logs) to roll it into the garage?
    I was thinking the same thing, that's how we move rsj a lot of times around to the back of house, works just like the egyptians.
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    Or buy,hire,borrow a pallet jack they are not that expensive.

    If it must be left outside don't put it on the ground. If there is any chance of termites use bricks or pavers instead of wood to space it off ground. Keep the gap of spacers fairly short ie 500mm max to help prevent bowing.
    I would be using the heavy black builders plastic rather than tarps and gaffer tap to make sure does not move.
    Remember the blue tarps have only a short life outside before UV kills them.

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    The problem using a pellet jack is, either the garage has to be real wide opening, or you have to stack the pellet up on pellets so you can get the pallet jack under end on (Like they do in Bunnies with long pellets and getting them down the store).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    The problem using a pellet jack is, either the garage has to be real wide opening, or you have to stack the pellet up on pellets so you can get the pallet jack under end on (Like they do in Bunnies with long pellets and getting them down the store).
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    sorry pallets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    sorry pallets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
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    Default Storing timber outside

    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    To clarify, the ground outside the garage is paved.

    I have the thick black builders plastic.

    Logs won't work as the base of the pallets aren't smooth.

    Pallet jack won't work as garage door is only 3m wide and timber is 4.5m.

    I'm worried about the risk, but don't want to unpack them.

    Hopefully by wrapping it up from the bottom would help, or would it be worst by restricting airflow.

    I see they store timber undercover in an open shed. Would wrapping it in plastic, off the ground be that much worst?

    It's a lot of timber to move by hand.



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    Nothing is impossible. Its not the first time I have finagled a long load through a smaller door on a angle.
    The other option is picking up one end with the jack then sliding a dolly under it. Then use pallet jack at other end.
    Alternatively a good engine hoist will do the trick. I just spent the week moving around 300kg batteries with one.

    Generally whats stored in an open shed is undressed timber. Even if its not the roof keeps the rain and thus majority of moisture off it.

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