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Mickey
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Saw this today on a 2 x 4, didn't think too much about it until I looked at the year. Don't think I've seen this before. Can someone tell me what it means. Text White Font Wall Line
 

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I'm wondering if it self destructs after December 5th. :)
 

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Capra Aegagrus
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My lumber yard gets a shipment a few times a year from a German lumber mill, all stamped like that.
From your local Information Overload department:

I'm on an email list with a group of a dozen or so friends from around the globe. Last year when our supermarkets began carrying eggs stamped with a "best by" date, I broadcast a WTF, and among other replies got this from my friend in Germany.

Same here as in Britain - I can't remember times when eggs did not have
stamps. More than 20 years back, it was just the date the egg had been layn;
then in 1993 they started to print the 'best before'-date instead, and now,
eggs in the European Union are marked with a rather complex code aditionally
to the BB-date.

Example:

1 - DE 12 3456 7

where the first number stands for the circumstances the chicken live in. "0"
are 'ecoligically correct' eggs, wher chicken have shed and open space to
live in, are fed with ecologically correct food etc. "1" is for free range
kept birds, 2 stands for deep litter where the barn eggs come from and "3"
menas laying batteries with battery cages. The latter will be banned
throughout the European Union in 2012; even today, the building of *new*
battery cage farms is prohibited.

The "DE" naturally is the country of origin, Germany in this case, the "12"
shows the federal state the egg has been layn in.

"3456" ist the unique id of the farm, and the final "7" is an identifier of
the stable the birds are kept in on that farm.

All we're missing is the signature of the hen...
Why would lumber be any different? :laughing:
 

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I like Green things
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I am telling you, it is a European thing. They label everything to an exact science. All German made tools I own, have the sales and service phone numbers on the tool or the case. All acessories and consumables for each tool is printed on a insert on the lid of the case. All with pictures and part numbers. Very handy.
 

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Most lumber imported from the EU is from Sweden. Interestingly, with prices low, the Swedes are saving their own forests until prices rebound... so to keep their mills running, they import cheap logs, mostly from Russia (Siberia), mill them, ship them across the Atlantic, and still make more profit than our mills can using wood from local forests.

Much of the wood is lodgepole pine and is very good lumber (few knots, and small and tight knots at that... also slow grown with tight rings to show for it... relatively straight and stable lumber).
 
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