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Another Do-It-Yourself Project from Georgia-Pacific

Gymnast’s Balance Beam
Pressure Treated Lumber

Materials Checklist
• One 4 x 6 pressure treated post 10 to 16 long.
(Buy the beam 2 longer than the desired finished length.)
• Two lag bolts with washers
• Circular saw or hand saw
• Drill
• Plane
• Wood chisel or router

1. Cut two 1 supports from one end of the 4 x 6.
2. Rout a channel 1 deep by 4 wide in the middle of each support.
Position the beam in the channel as shown.
3. Drill from the bottom, countersink and secure with a lag bolt.
4. Bevel corners and sand smooth.

Balance Beam
Many child development specialists 10-16

recommend the balance beam for building
motor skills and self-confidence in children
from toddler to age 6.



Georgia-Pacific Corporation makes no warranties
expressed or implied, regarding this plan and
specifically disclaims the warranties of mer-
chantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
Check with an architect or a building expert to
make sure that this plan is appropriate to your
situation and meets local building codes. Read
carefully the consumer information sheet on
pressure treated wood before starting construction. Page 1 of 3 (Gymnast’s Balance Beam)

as toxic materials may be produced as part of the smoke or ashes. Do not burn treated used in neighborhood playgrounds. Make sure the wood is dry and free from surface deposits before applying any coating. Quaternary acts as the co-biocide in the ACQ preservative. which has long been established as the most cost-effective preservative component used in preserving timber. Page 2 of 3 (Gymnast’s Balance Beam) . Questions and Answers Q What kinds of projects are ideal for pressure treated wood? A Choose GP pressure treated wood for decks and walkways. decay and termites. The main active ingredient in ACQ is copper. or call yards and other outdoor projects. providing additional protection from decay. • To help maximize surface protec- tion and to keep your wood looking better longer. back. Q How long has ACQ been in use? For the latest information A For more than a decade. High-quality latex-based paints and oil or latex stains are recommended. Copper and quaternary solutions similar to ACQ are used for the control of fungi and bacteria in swimming pools and spas. 1-800-282-0600. Q How do I dispose of unused wood? A Scraps and sawdust should be disposed with ordinary trash. Q What is ACQ? A Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) is a chemical solution used as a preservative treatment for wood to help provide long- term protection from rot. You’ll enjoy the beauty of wood plus long-lasting performance. arbors and other outdoor structures.Did you know? • Pressure treated wood may be painted or stained to match any outdoor color scheme. fungi and termite attack that copper alone would not control. • Only wood that is visibly clean and free of surface residue should be used for patios. porches. GP recommends applying a surface water repellent every two years. ACQ has been about pressure treated wood. gazebos. visit www. planters. • Water repellent coatings can be applied to enhance the long-term weathering performance.

for uses involving incidental contact such operations should be performed except for uses involving incidental as residential fresh water docks and outdoors to avoid indoor Printed in the U.So. silage. Pressure Treated Wood demanding makes good sense to build in a resistant for exterior applications. animal wood.A. Use in construction of those portions of against splinters and abrasions. such as sawdust and shavings. GA 30303 1-800 BUILD GP ©2005 Georgia-Pacific Corporation. sawing. expected. The following and construction. Butt boards tightly or replacing your deck. thoroughly wash your hands feed or drinking water.Safety Dispatch coated fasteners should conform to ASTM Standard A153 and hot-dipped galvanized 3. ordinary trash collection. Atlanta. • After working with pressure treated could come into contact with food. should be laundered before reuse. hot-dipped galvanized Safety First • Appropriate eye protection should be worn to reduce the potential for Use Site Precautions eye injury from wood dust or particles ACQ treated wood may be used both inside Pressure treated wood is easy and flying debris during machining residences (should be clean and free of to work with. • Gloves should be worn to protect Wash work clothes separately from 3. machining or sanding any • Treated wood should not be used not. as mulch.) such as silos.Here are some helpful Aluminum should not be used in Application of a finish coat of clear or tips to make your job easier and look better. Toxic and exposed areas thoroughly with materials may be produced as part mild soap and water before eating. ACQ treated lumber should not be tions of airborne sawdust from and bridges. Page 3 of 3 (Gymnast’s Balance Beam) .E.The projects required by building codes. The finish coat should be steel fasteners. should be protected from the weather. craftsman-like manner. Use as kitchen countertops or cutting boards. surface residues) and outdoors. Do not use ACQ treated lumber residues. All rights reserved. Examples of such sites are as follows: of the smoke or ashes. Recommended Fasteners 2. feed construction and dispose by may accumulate on clothes. • Do not burn treated wood. etc. 9/05. pressure treated or time. www. Georgia-Pacific Corporation Building Products 55 Park Place. connectors and hardware rings arc upward) to reduce cupping. Structures that would be in direct or wood to reduce the inhalation of where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water. As pressure treated wood is the high connectors should be utilized and may be drying occurs. In holes for your fasteners. applied immediately to untreated wood to help safeguard the structural integrity Nail thin boards to thicker boards to help and to pressure treated wood as soon as of projects built with ACQ treated wood. you build with Georgia-Pacific pressure Electroplated galvanized fasteners 5. other clothing or household items beehives which may come into contact with • A dust mask should be worn when with which you may have contact. Structures for storage or handling animal • Clean up scraps and sawdust after • Because preservatives or sawdust feed. As a minimum requirement for use with ACQ treated wood. treated wood products should last a long are not recognized as being corrosion Any exposed wood. they troughs or bunks. some shrinkage can be performance decking choice. semi-transparent water-repellent stain 1. 5. contact such as fresh water docks bridges. maintain structural integrity. treated wood. N. However. 4.Whenever possible these indirect contact with drinking water. it simple safety procedures are should not be used in or on sites where it recommended. (grain. Drill pilot holes Especially when nailing near the edge or coated connectors should conform to end of a board. checking Use only hot-dipped galvanized or stainless Always nail boards bark side up (annual or splitting. such as treated Whether you’re building a new planter wood foundations and playground equip.Georgia-Pacific ment. the honey. used in salt-water immersion applications. Apply a weather resistant finish. Nail bark side up will help to minimize warping. the surface is dry. use of stainless steel fasteners and Butt decking boards together firmly. drinking or using tobacco products. 1. it’s a good idea to drill pilot Build Safely with ASTM Standard A653 (Class G-185). except wood dust. direct contact with ACQ treated wood. 2.S.