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The East Coast's leading manufacturer of wooden playground equipment, PlayNation Play Systems, Inc., announced today that it will discontinue the use of arsenic-treated lumber, becoming the first national playground manufacturer to exclusively use arsenic-free preserved wood in the construction of treated wood playgrounds.

For more than a decade, arsenic and chromium-free Preserve® treated wood has been used in some of the world's most environmentally sensitive locations. From the pristine environments of national parks in Australia, North America, Europe and Japan, to neighborhood playgrounds and backyards like yours, Preserve treated wood has been used around the globe to provide a durable building product for outdoor projects where environmental values and product safety are priorities. Northern Crossarm Co. Inc. is a recognized leader in the Mid West in the manufactured products of Arsenic-Free Pressure-Treated Wood using Preserve® treatment.

Preserve® is treated with ACQ®, an environmentally advanced copper and quat preservative system that is arsenic-free and chromium-free.

It provides long-term protection from rot, decay and termites without the use of any EPA-listed hazardous chemicals.

Product Features

• Protected with ACQ, an environmentally advanced wood preservative

• Does not contain arsenic, chromium or other EPA-classified hazardous preservatives

• Provides long term protection from rot, decay and termite attack

• For use in above ground, ground contact and fresh water immersion applications

• Can be used in environmentally sensitive settings

• Enhances worker safety

• Wood scraps can be disposed of by ordinary trash collection

• Offers a wider selection of timber species

• Easily painted or stained

• Quality control ensured by independent third-party inspection

• Features a limited lifetime warranty

• Preserve is also available with built-in water repellent (Preserve Plus)


Painting and Staining or Natural Weathering

Preserve can be painted or stained to match any outdoor color scheme. High quality oil and latex-based paints and stains are recommended. Water repellent coatings can be applied to improve the weathering performance. Left uncoated or with clear water repellent coatings, Preserve will initially weather to a natural brown color, eventually turning gray following long-term exposure to the sun.

It is important to ensure that the wood is dry and free from surface deposits prior to applying any coating.

Nails, Fasteners and Fittings

Hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel fasteners and fittings are recommended. Anti-corrosion coatings applied to fasteners and fittings in contact with treated wood will enhance long-term performance. Direct contact of Preserve treated wood with aluminum fasteners and fittings is not recommended.

Preserve Treated Lumber and Plywood Specifications, Approvals, Registrations and Awards

• Approved by the ICBO (ER#4981) (Uniform Building Code)

• Standardized by the American Wood-Preservers' Association (AWPA C1, AWPA C2, AWPA C4, AWPA C5, AWPA C9, AWPA C15, AWPA C17, AWPA C22, AWPA P5)

• Preservative components registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency

• Australian Standard AS-1604 1997

• AQIS - Australian Quarantine Service

• JWPA Japanese Standards

• CSA 0.80 Canadian Standard Association

• NWPC - Nordic Wood Preservation Council

• Approved in Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Spain

• Awarded Wisconsin Dept of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations Approval

• Awarded Wisconsin's Governor's Commendation

• Awarded Wisconsin's Dept. of Natural Resources Commendation

Preserve Recommended Retentions for Various Applications

Application - Retention (lbs/CuFt) - Uses:

• Above Ground - 0.25 - Decking, fence boards, hand rails, deck supports

• Ground Contact Fresh Water - 0.40 - Fence posts, landscaping, piers, docks, etc.

• Permanent Wood Foundations - 0.60 - Wood foundations, crawl spaces

• Poles - 0.60 - Building, transmission and distribution poles