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No decking substitutes.

Mechanics, reports from the field say units are replacing deck boards with unapproved wood or rubber/ composite products that actually cover the semitrailer's existing decking.

These modifications mean your semitrailer will end up with problems like sagging, bent rails, cracked welds and busted cross members.

Plain and simple, use only purpleheart wood, NSN 5510-01454-8568, or apitong wood, NSN 5510-01-525-6325, when you replace the decking. These types of wood are stronger and more durable than any other boards you can use. They resist both rotting and ultraviolet rays, repel water and require little or no maintenance.

Stronger boards mean you'll need a carbide blade to cut them. Same goes for drilling holes. Drill bits will need carbide tips.

When ordering these NSNs, the unit of issue is board feet (BF). Each board that you get will measure 16 feet 4 inches long x 9 7/8 inches wide x 1 7/8 inches thick. So, each board equals 27.21 BF.
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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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