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by collyk on 03/11/11 11:00 AM

Hi all,

I wanted to ask anyone who knows anything about wood on houses. Our home is three years old. Here are some pictures of the wood on our home. Our shutters are virtually rotting and falling off of the house, which of course has proven rather dangerous as they are high up and heavy.

We have about 7 different types of fungus growing from all the wood used on our home. We did have someone out to try to treat it but he reckons that he would need to import special stuff to treat the kind of fungus we are suffering from and he's not sure he can get it.

All the wood was treated with Cetol. There is no wood on our home exterior that has not been affected and is not rotting including our stairs. We are in the very expensive process of having to replace all of our wood. (our interior wood also has problems but that is for another day).

Has anyone else experienced this? How did you deal with it? Is this common?

Thanks so much. Any advice is welcome.

#402224 - 03/11/11 05:20 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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#402225 - 03/11/11 05:30 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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Some species of wood just don't work as lumber and in Belize you can buy lots of different species in the same load. I've built 4 wood houses here and watched some boards just turn to mush after the first year. I resolved to use only pressure treated pine and ceder.
Nailing anything else down is just exercise.
Jungle lumber is common, cheap and just has to be replaced no matter what you treat it with.

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#402228 - 03/11/11 05:47 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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Elbert..I know. This isn't obviously what we thought we had paid for, but now we have to do what we have to do. We were just wondering if others had similar experiences. Replacing all of our exterior wood on a newly built house is a frustrating and expensive operation. We live and learn.
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champion thank you very much!
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#402230 - 03/11/11 06:09 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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How long does your treated pine last usually? Cedar? Is one better than the other? Sorry for so many questions. Just trying to get peoples' experience. Thanks so much.
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#402237 - 03/11/11 10:59 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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I'm not sure how much I like the use of treated pine given that the treatment they apply to the pine is a poison. Cedar is highly insect resistant wood. There are numerous other woods in Belize that are insect resistant some more than others. When you specify Mahogany you need to be able to identify that you got only Mahogany not something else. Santa Maria is also highly insect resistant. You can google the various woods of Belize and see what wood are better or worst for is insect resistance. That being said I've sprayed my house with durasban which I bought in Belize City when I saw evidence of powder post beetles. Looks like that worked.

#402239 - 03/11/11 11:43 PM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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Hi Ron,

We haven't had much trouble with insects - only fungus and rot. Have you had much experience with fungus or rot? We have our wood/property sprayed for insects regularly so that (thankfully) isn't an issue.

I should add that we did turn back one load of faulty wood but depended on the people we paid and trusted that they were providing us with what we paid for. As, I've said, we take responsibility for not making some good decisions and are ultimately paying the price only three years after our home was built. We're just looking for guidance in terms of not making similar mistakes and how to avoid this problem in future.

#402242 - 03/12/11 07:20 AM Re: Questions about wood on house [Re: collyk]  
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Collyk, the only place I've experienced fungus and rot was on a house I worked on in Martha's vineyard a number of years ago. The wood was cedar but a different variety than that available in Belize. I removed the bad wood and replaced with more cedar and that solved the problem. Not sure what advise to give you. Good luck with solving your problem.

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Thanks ron.
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