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2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. #2 Prime Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Lumber

  • 2X the protection compared to Above Ground treatment
  • Treated for protection against fungal decay, rot and termites
  • Use for decks, walkways, landscaping and other outdoor projects
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Product Overview

Pressure treated deck at sunset to show stairs and an outdoor living space.

Add Value To Your Property

Studies show that adding a deck is one of the best ways you can increase your home's value.

Pressure treated deck overlooking a lake complete with pressure treated steps and Deckorail components

Building Code Approved

Pressure-treated decking is building code approved for use in decking in above-ground or ground contact applications.

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Extend The Life Of Your Deck

Your maintenance efforts will give you a pressure-treated project that looks bright and fresh for years to come!

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Preventative Maintenance Plan

1. Depending on the location of your outdoor project with regard to direct sun exposure, foliage coverage, etc., it may be sufficient to clean/brighten and recoat every two years. 2. If you decide to wait two or more years to perform your next cleaning/brightening, you may want to use a power washer. Be sure that the cleaner/brightener you use contains a mildewcide.

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Choosing The Right Stain Or Paint

When determining the right stain and paint for your deck, consider what color will best enhance the wood's finish.

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Paint or Stain Tips

If you desire to paint or stain the treated wood project, it is important that the wood be dry enough to accept a coating. The best way to determine if the wood is sufficiently dry to paint or stain is to sprinkle droplets of water onto the wood. If the water droplets are absorbed, the wood is ready to be painted or stained. If the water droplets bead on the surface of the wood, it is too wet. You should wait a few days before attempting to paint and stain the wood.

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No Color Additive

Weathershield Pressure-Treated Lumber

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Weathershield Pressure-Treated Redwood Tone Lumber

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Post Caps

Post caps add the finishing touch to your deck, porch, or fence project. What's more, they protect your post from nature's elements.

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Deck Posts

Deck posts add a classic, decorative charm to your outdoor living space all while adding support to your deck, fence or porch.

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Balusters & Spindles

Treated balusters are used not only for safety and strength, but they also aid in creating a custom look to your railing project.

Pressure-Treated Pine meets the highest grading standards for strength and appearance. This pressure treated Ground Contact lumber must be used for applications where treated lumber is difficult to maintain, repair or replace. Treated lumber is critical to the performance and safety of an entire system or construction such as deck joists, beams and ledger boards. An additional benefit of treated lumber is its defense against rot and insect infestation for its vast majority of applications. Southern yellow pine is responsibly manufactured, safe, and environmentally friendly when used as directed.Treated wood is typically still wet when it's delivered to The Home Depot or job site. As it dries, you should expect slight changes in width and length. As lumber dries, it may split, cup and warp. This is more likely to occur to occur in lower-grade boards, where knots and uneven grains are already present. Each piece of lumber is unique and carries physical characteristics that may include the following: knots, warping, shrinkage, swelling and/or splitting.
  • Made of southern yellow pine
  • Ground Contact treated lumber can be used in both Above Ground and Ground Contact exterior applications
  • Backed by a lifetime limited warranty against termite infestation and rot
  • 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft.
  • Must use Ground Contact pressure treated lumber where lumber is at risk for poor air circulation, less than six inches from the ground, or has poor or no water drainage below the structure
  • #2 grade lumber has few defects, knots are well-spaced and do not exceed the size regulations.
  • Ideal for a variety of general uses including exposed structures, sill plates, decks, docks, ramps and other outdoor applications
  • Uniform thickness, density and appearance for stable and long lasting performance
  • Hot-dip galvanized fasteners are recommended
  • Individual pieces of pressure treated lumber will reference Ground Contact on the end tag
  • WeatherShield includes water repellant in the treatment process
  • No two pieces of lumber are the same.
  • Color, grain pattern and texture will vary as well.
  • Prime grade lumber is the perfect choice if appearance is the main concern with your lumber project
  • Prime grade lumber has fewer knots and an overall better appearance
  • Prime grade lumber can be used for deck boards, fence panels
  • Find everything you need to complete your decking project here
  • Note: product may vary by store

  • California residents

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Actual Product Length (ft.)
8 ft
Actual Product Thickness (in.)
1.50 in
Actual Product Width (in.)
3.50 in
Nominal Product Length (ft.)
8 ft
Nominal Product Thickness (in.)
2 in
Nominal Product Width (in.)
4 in


Chemical retention (lb./cu. ft. )
Fastener Recommendation
Galvanized Fastener
Paintable,Pressure Treated,Stainable
Lumber Grade
#2 prime
Southern Yellow Pine
Moisture content
Pressure treatment chemical
MCA - Micronized Copper Azole
Wood Species
Southern Pine

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime Limited

Questions & Answers


How long should this be allowed to dry before staining?

Asked by Pat January 19, 2021

Pat, The demand for lumber is still high now, so much of the wood arriving from the treating facilities is very wet. You might need to wait a good length of time for it to be dry enough. It will depend on where you are drying the wood (in a pole barn or other barn, or outside under a tarp on the ground), the humidity level in your environment (in the arid Southwest or a near a large body of water), and the temperature in your area (a frigid 19 degrees like in the Midwest or balmy like southern Florida). Do the splash test to determine when it's ready - drizzle a bit of water onto a piece laying horizontally, then wait 10 minutes to see if the water is absorbed. If it has been, the wood is dry and ready for staining. If the water beads, it's still too wet.

What is the difference between this (prime) ground contact and the one that doesn't say "prime" b...

Asked by Daniel June 10, 2020

Use this for landscaping or building projects where the lumber is in direct contact with the ground. I assume it has a greater concentration of "salt" to deter rot and insect damaged for a longer period of time (not forever just a lot longer) I like it for landscaping in wet/damp areasl

How in the world can I check out curbside or pick up without paying the $79 shipping charge option not available?

Asked by Becky June 8, 2020

Do an in-store pickup order then call the store when you arrive to have them bring it out

can I get wood cut in the store?

Asked by Kim April 19, 2020


Can the WeatherShield 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. #2 be used as decking boards?

Asked by Anon February 29, 2020

Technically, yes

Are these MCA Treated? Can they be wrapped with aluminum on top of a deck?

Asked by Matt September 9, 2019

Yes and yes

Are these 2 x 4's Heat treated?

Asked by Operations June 6, 2019


Can this wood be stained immediately? I built an outdoor deck with it.

Asked by Jules June 2, 2019

some say wait 4 days. Some say wait 4 weeks. best way to know if it's ready to stain is to Do Water test: Pour clean water on a wooden piece that is expected to dry. If the water absorbs instantly, wood is ready to paint. It means pores in the wood are ready to adhere to paint layers. If water beads up, wait for a few more days then repeat the same test to check if it’s dry or not.

Can this be used for stud walls in a basement?? I need to redo a bathroom and one side has concre...

Asked by KnightRider83 April 12, 2019

Yes. I used these to line my basement cement block walls. Any wood contacting concrete or cement block walls in a basement requires pressure treated wood to meet code requirements in my area.

Can it be painted?

Asked by Russ March 4, 2019

Yes, but let it dry a season before you give it a try.

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Customer Reviews

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This was a good product. Some of the boards split when drilling through. Other than that, they di...
This was a good product. Some of the boards split when drilling through. Other than that, they did the job.
by HomeDepotCustomer
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This lumber is all I use when building my fences.
This lumber is all I use when building my fences.
by Chris
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Worked great. Hopefully it survives the Michigan winters
Worked great. Hopefully it survives the Michigan winters
by Gm
Works great
Works great
by Bishal
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All I use when I install wood fencing only problem you have to pick thur to get straight 2x4.
All I use when I install wood fencing only problem you have to pick thur to get straight 2x4.
by fenceman
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Great wood! Did the job, and my wife loved it!
Great wood! Did the job, and my wife loved it!
by Sergeant
3 people found this helpful
It did the job I need do very well.
It did the job I need do very well.
by iron373
Really excellent wood
Really excellent wood
by beachlover
Excellent quality wood; made a nice garden for my veggies!
Excellent quality wood; made a nice garden for my veggies!
by SB
3 people found this helpful
Good stuff. Used the pressure-treated 2x4's to create sign posts for a large volunteer based gard...
Good stuff. Used the pressure-treated 2x4's to create sign posts for a large volunteer based garden at my kids public elementary school. I expect the lumber to be holding the various garden signs for years to come.
by Civileng30
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