|Forum topic by Thatcher||posted 09-07-2015 02:22 AM||983 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-07-2015 02:22 AM
I’ve just repurposed some untreated unfinished pine from one home project (a filler for a pass through) into another (a bookcase). I want to urethane the bookcase. However I noticed a pile of what I think is frass (dry termite poop) and one kick hole (whence the termite poop is removed). We have also been accumulating other evidence that it is time to get the bug people to do an investigation and a possible tenting of the home. We live in Hawaii where some say that tenting is something you can expect to do every five years. Ours was last tented, as is required here, just before we bought it 5 1/2 years ago.
So I the question I am researching: is it better to urethane the bookcase now or after a tenting / treatment? The termites clearly can eat through the urethane but if they haven’t done so by the treatment, will the treatment protect the wood or would have I just protected the termites from the treatment?
If I were in this situation one week earlier, I’d have just taken the project into work where one of our buildings was getting tented over the weekend, then brought it back before urethaning it.
Spot tenting has worked for us before for some furniture we bought that turned out to be dry termite invested.
So I’m leaning towards urethane now and treat if needed later. With how slow dry termites work, I’m presuming furniture to structure invasions are
Thanks for letting me think out loud among some of the most thoughtful people I know. Comments appreciated.
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