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04-04-2012 02:16 PM

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My wife and I just purchased a home that had a great workshop in the back. 12×20 ft, on a slab of concrete with a brick sill about 1-1.5 feet high. I pulled back some of the 1/8inch wood paneling to find that the studs were COMPLETELY destroyed by termites. So… I am rebuilding the shed from the brick sill up to the roof rafters. (The wood in the rafters and roof had no termite damage).

I have a great wood supplier about 20-25 minutes away, where I buy rough sawn pine. I bought 40- 2×4x12 and probably 40- 3/4 to 1inch think siding boards that range from 6 to 13 inches wide. All of this was 80 dollars- so a seriously good deal for a FULL truck load.

I am seeking some advice on the best way to treat this wood against termite damage. I will probably paint the exterior boards, and I laid treated 2×4’s down on the brick sill. I would love to know how some of the options for prevention of termites that you all have used for sheds, decks, and other outdoor projects. I am especially concerned because although the wood has dried some… it is still on the fresh side. All that said, I am not interested in paying Terminex.

Thanks! Looking forward to some insight.

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 02:39 PM

To start with you need a termite shield (sheet metal flashing material) on the top of the brick sill, under the bottom plate sill of the wall.

Then it’s just a matter of a perimeter treatment with poison. Regularly.

Keep wood storage, firewood or otherwise, away from the exterior walls.

Don’t give the little buggers anything to eat.

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 02:40 PM

Read this to help avoid any future infestations:


-- Art

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 02:45 PM

Did you have the whole house treated for termits in escrow? If not you should. Around here they inject orange oil in to the ground. The cost of this is not bad.

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 04:38 PM

I agree with crank49 on the flashing and perimeter treatment also for your sill plate and bottom plate use pressure treated lumber. The rest of the studs can be built up from the bottom plate with untreated studs.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 04:46 AM

crank49 and gregn, has the best ideas on how to start.

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 05:34 AM

Follow the steps the others have mentioned, but if you want to treat the wood yourself, buy TimBor powder. It is a borate based powder that you mix with water and spray on the wood. As long as the wood is not infested already, it will do the trick for you. Since it is a natural based treatment, it does not expose you to nasty fumes after it dries. Check out the website for a wide choice of do it yourself treatments.

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 05:35 AM

I say don’t cheep it out ,it will just come back to bite you in the butt later on. Just buy some pressure treated wood and be done with it. This will insure that you won’t have to come back and fix it again.

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#8 posted 04-05-2012 07:25 AM

Listen to a1Jim. Why fight trying to treat lumber when you can buy treated cheaply and not worry for thirty years. By then, the two of you MIGHT look old enough to DATE. Young whippersnappers.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#9 posted 04-26-2012 09:48 AM

Hey Mills,

As stated by the others on here, I second the idea of using sheet metal flashing. Termites are interested in the first material they come into contact with, and are not very patient. This means that if you have a layer of something they wont eat, like sheet metal, they won’t spend any time searching for the wood protected by it.


-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 02:54 PM


Thanks for all the advice. I will DEFINITELY be placing flashing per your advice.

As to the folks that said it wasn’t worth messing with untreated lumber- 1) If you think that is cheap, then we are in different leagues. 2) The wood that I got is so affordable that it is wrong! I’ll spend $200 on all the wood for a 20×12 shop.

Thanks again for the advice.

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#11 posted 04-27-2012 03:22 PM

This is the first I’m hearing of this flashing! I know I don’t have it. Don’t have treated lumber either. Wish me luck! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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