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How Long Can Untreated Lumber Get Wet?

Posted by Bob D on June 15th, 2001 03:18 PM

I have a small leak in the house that I framed last October above 2 of our exterior french doors. I am suspecting that it has something to do with the way that the siders put up the J channel and that water is collecting above the door, trickling behind the siding and running into the wall. I should be able to figure out how to fix it but I was wondering if the continued water leakage has damaged the untreated lumber in my walls? I have 1/2" exterior grade osb for sheathing and TYVAK house wrap under the siding. Does this type of construction alow small leaks within the walls to breath enough to dry themselves out?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
Bob D

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