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I need to repair some woodpecker damage on a cedar sided house I will working on soon. The woodpeckers are putting holes in the corner boards only, towards the soffit, nothing in the clapboards. I repaired the damage 4 years ago with wood filler and re-stained, only to have them come back and peck holes in the same areas again. The homeowner even filled the holes once last year only to have them put new holes in the same area again. This time I want to replace the corners with new material, but not sure if I want to use cedar again for fear of them putting holes in the new boards again. I think they are actually trying to find carpenter bees that drilled inside the wood, so Im wondering if I can use another material other than wood that wont allow the carpenter bees or the woodpeckers to destroy it again. My thoughts are leaning towards PVC(Azek) or possibly fiber cement based trim(Hardieboard). any thoughts on this odd problem?
 

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that's my thinking also. It would definitely be easier for me to use cedar corners and pretreat with borate solution, then stain and install. I'll have to explain that to the homeowner and hopefully the damn peckers wont be back for supper. LOL
 

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sometimes..sometimes they are nest building and sometimes they are just jerks..
15 years ago I had a WoodPECKER pecking on my Aluminum siding at 2:00 every morning, right outside my window. Did that chit every night for a week, until me and Mr. Ruger decided we'd had enough. End of problem, although my neighbor (A DNR agent) later informed me they're a federally protected species. Oops.
 

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that's my thinking also. It would definitely be easier for me to use cedar corners and pretreat with borate solution, then stain and install. I'll have to explain that to the homeowner and hopefully the damn peckers wont be back for supper. LOL
Borate?

Did you even READ one of these posts?

Yeah, okay!

Borate!



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We just did a cedar siding repair on a 5000 sqft house.

What we noticed is, the carpenter bees destroyed the wood behind the downspout.

75% of the carpenter bee damage was behind the downspouts, probably to avoid the woodpeckers.

Hmmm.

Maybe because the ones that didn't seek "cover" were eaten.

There's a Darwinian lesson to be learned here, but that may get this thread sent to the basement, so...

Borate!!!!
 

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I read that the woodpeckers often head vibrations from inside the house and peck away---that makes sense--the holes are often in a row--following a framing member.

They eat up a lot of houses in this area---a neighbor blow off a section of facia and gutter with a shot gun---oddly enough he's divorced now------------
 

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made a few calls to try and find Boral in my area and nobody knows anything about it! Checked the Boral website for the closest supplier in my area. Will call and find out what they have. Im still considering all the options. Scott? you don't think Borate would offer any protection at all? Aside from Boral , if I cant find it locally, what else would you suggest I use? The house is stained a dark grey color, can Boral be stained?
 

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called around and found 3 sources for Boral today. Unfortunately they are all at least a 45 minute drive from my area. Going on Saturday to pick up some samples and talk to a sales rep about it. Looks like a promising product for this project and future work. If its as stable as they say it is, and can be painted dark colors I would prefer using it over Azek. Thanks to everyone who suggested this product.
 

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I need to repair some woodpecker damage on a cedar sided house I will working on soon. The woodpeckers are putting holes in the corner boards only, towards the soffit, nothing in the clapboards. My thoughts are leaning towards PVC(Azek) or possibly fiber cement based trim(Hardieboard). any thoughts on this odd problem?


Peel the wood off the building,save for fall bonfires and brick veneer the place !:laughing:
 
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