treatment for old lumbers #1: is borax and boric acid good enough

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Blog entry by lumangbahay posted 05-24-2021 12:28 PM 583 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello, I need help. I need to know the best method to ensure that my old lumbers are safe from bugs manifestations before recycling it.

My parents 50 plus years old house was torn down last year for a new house construction. Though the house structure had shown traces of termite infestations, we were told that the stairs and trusses with wood materials seemed to be in great conditions. According from the wood experts, the lumbers are narra, yakal and kamagong.

We would like to use these old lumbers to build the main door for the new house we are building and the rest of the woods to build dining table and chairs. Any recommendations to treat these woods before recycling will be very helpful.

Thank you,

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#1 posted 05-25-2021 12:11 AM

Based on the names of the woods, I assume you live outside North America. The answers to your question about potential termite infestation of the salvaged wood should be directed to an expert on pest control where you are.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#2 posted 05-25-2021 03:33 PM

The safest option would be to try and locate someone nearby with a kiln and get them to run your lumber through their kiln. This will kill anything living in there and you won’t have to deal with pesticide residue.

-- Scott

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#3 posted 05-25-2021 03:39 PM

Look up Benji Reyes. I”m assuming you are in the Phillipines. Benji makes a lot of very nice things out of recycled lumber.

He posts on LJ once in awhile and has his own web site also.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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