My wife and I are building a new house, and we want some old barnwood to be used for decorative beams, to give the old rafter look and also for covering the ceiling in place of gypsum board. We have found a great stock of barn wood from a barn built in 1952. The wood looks great, but the outside of SOME of these beams have holes that look suspiciously like termite holes. The holes look old and dry and the wood looks solid. I attempted to scrape away some of the wood to look below, and there is no spongy texture and the wood is not brittle.
My questions are thus:
1) How can we be sure there is no active infestation?
2) How can we treat the wood if it appears to be an active infestation?
3) How can we treat the wood to prevent further infestation? (I am assuming Boric Acid here(Borate))
- 15 Old House Features We Shouldn't Abandon
- 17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
- 16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
- Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
- 12 Sheds You Could Live (or Work) In
- Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
- 30 Things Every Adult Should Know How to Do
- 10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects
- 7 Surprising Other Uses for Mayonnaise
- 9 Ways to Make Your TV Look at Home
- 9 Totally Amazing Mobile Home Makeovers
- 11 Lessons to Learn from AirBnB's Tiniest Homes
- 10 DIY Ways to Redo Your Wall—Without Paint
- 8 Smart Shoe Racks You Can Make Today
- 7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
- Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
- 7 House Sounds Never to Ignore
- Watch These 10 Home Trends Take Off in 2015
- 11 Things Never to Keep in Your Bedroom
- 12 Places You Never Clean—But Should!