I ordered lumber from Lowes for building deck beams, but now I realize after putting up the beam that while they are all level, the boards are of slightly different widths.
Of the 2x10 boards I had for both the ledger and the beams thus far, everything tells me that they should be 9 1/4" actual, when in reality they are mostly 9 1/2" and some of the beam boards are 9 3/8" actual.
Is this normal for weather treated wood to swell a bit after it is planed and cut? Any ideas on how to get the joists to set evenly on the beams now? I figured if a beam is slightly too high then I could notch the top of the beam for the joist, but if it is too low by a 1/4" perhaps that I might have to shim it?
This is sort of throwing everything I know for a loop. When I get dimensional lumber then it should all be of uniform width. Apparently this is not true anymore.