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I needed new handles for a old wheelbarrow that was over 30 years old. I could not find any that matched the size and holes that were on the old wheelbarow. Finally as I left the big box store I spotted just the correct handles. They were outside in a pile of landscape timbers. Actually they were in a landscape timber. Found a timber with no knots, purchased it. took it home and cut out 2 pieces of 60 inch 1 5/8 by 2 1/8 inch pieces . Drilled holes to mount to wheel front guard. and tub and legs. of wheel barrow. Now I have new handles that are pressure treated, at a low rate, that should last for years outside. Much less expensive than new handles, the correct size, and a easy project. Only thing needed was saw, drill, tape measure and drawknife to round end of handles.
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Not sure I'd want to be handling pressurized lumber. In fact, I know I wouldn't.

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My thought also, Theo.

Maybe the treatment has changed?

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Mulberry, Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is a chemical wood preservative containing chromium, copper and arsenic. CCA is used in pressure treated wood to protect wood from rotting due to insects and microbial agents. My recommendation is to use the pressure treated stuff for the wedges between the handles and the tub ONLY! Ash is recommended because it is very flexible before it breaks and it weathers well. I got a sliver of treated wood under my fingernail once (about 3/8" deep) and after 3 days of festering pain I dug it out with a utility knife and all was well. I have been very careful handling treated wood after that. Arsenic can be deadly and besides that the copper will turn your hands green.
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Many deck builders and others have handled this for years every day with no ill effects. Here in the US the formula has changed by law to get rid of the arsenic and some other chemicals. Now if you don't use stainless or specific screws they will rust off quickly. For nails you need type ACL. So much for things getting better with government intervention!
Also just wrap the handles with hockey tape or something else.
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Same for Canada, Dennis. At least at the level we peasants can get our mitts on it!
My understanding is the CCA type is still being used for some industrial purposes. But in short, yes, no more Arsenic.
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Thank you, but no thanks, I'll stay away from the stuff, regardless.

I had a rake that one of my sons left on the ground. Nice hickory handle - totally rotted away in about six months. Got another rake, hickory handle. It was kept outside too, started rubbing it down periodically with new cooking oil, kept a bottle handy, rubbed down maybe once, twice a week. Well, found it on the ground one day. Decided to just leave it, and keep an eye on it. The wood turned brown, but still solid. This kept up for about a year, it still on the ground, then it just disappeared one day. I figured one of my sons 'borrowed' it, and never returned it - that happens a lot around here.

I'm just not willing to mess with treated wood, not as long as there are other options open to me.

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Mulbery I have to make some new handles for one of my barrows, this one had metal handles and they rusted out, I intend to do the exact thing that you did and make them, that is what we do, we make things out of wood rather than go and buy things that someone else made, in every type of working with wood then you should use a dust mask, and eye protection, the alternative is to not make anything and just buy whatever you need, what is the point of having any workshop tools if that is the plan? N
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Mulberry, If you already have made your handles from the treated wood, just remember to tape the handles and/or wear gloves - it isn't like you're going to be in a long-term embrace with your wheelbarrow, anyway. If it was your hat or your socks - that would be something of greater consideration.

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