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Old 02-07-2019, 03:15 PM   #1
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Bluwood Or Other Pre-treated Lumber

Building custom home in a termite-prone environment. Anyone have experience building with Bluwood or other pre-treated lumber? I welcome opinions.

House will have a basement. Worth just doing just for the basement, to also have the mold/rot preventive effects? If done just in the basement, does this offer any termite prevention benefits even if main floor done in regular, untreated lumber?

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Old 02-08-2019, 07:08 AM   #2
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What are doing a wood foundation?

If termites are that bad I would build the whole place out of treated.


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Doesn't answer your question, but what about building out of steel?
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You can have a basement pretreatment before you pour the slab. Get a termite guy out there to check it out after the hole is dug.
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They sheathed my entire house in 1x6 t&g cedar, I haven't seen any signs of termite damage yet

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Doing the inside of the basement in PT because of termites doesn't make much sense to me as that means they're already in the house and it needs to be treated. It's definitely a good idea for exterior wood. Make sure that you are identifying the actual preservative used on the product and check the insecticide and concentrations effectiveness against termites, e.g ACQ .6, MCA .15, etc..
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have a termite guy pre-treat under & around structure.

for liability reasons, i would have the architect spec out what lumber to use where.

it would not be my call.
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Here in FL we have 2 types of homes, home's that have termites and home's that will get termites, having said that if you disturb soil you treat for mites even if I do a slab outside for a lanai I have to treat for mites.

Most homes here the first floor is block and after that stick, all the furring strips these days are blue along with pt bottom plates for int walls on slab, then when all first floor framing is done we treat the first 24 inches or so up from the slab.

The other thing we like here is a in wall pest defense system I would never build below grade with wood.

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