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What Is Salt Killed Wood?

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Publication Number: P2662
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What do cured-meat producers, departments of transportation, Northern homeowners, and Southern marina operators have in common? All use wood for its natural durability and chemical resistance, and all deal with high concentrations of salt. Over time, high salt concentrations can degrade wood under certain conditions. Wood deteriorated by salt is sometimes called “salt killed.”

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