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shabunde

10:17PM | 06/29/03
Member Since: 06/29/03
2 lifetime posts
I am going crazy fighting this smell issue... I bought a house 2 years ago and had some cheap contractor do a finishing of my basement. The house had prior termite problems before so this guy decided to use the copper green product on the bare wood before covering with drywall... this product says exterior use only but this guy ended up using it anyway... when I showed up at my house, it was already too late. I wanted the ceilings to look nice so they used recessed lighting...

Well, since then i've been having a lingering smell coming into the room... and it's been 2 years!!!! it drove me so crazy (and sometimes dizzy) that I decided to tear off all the drywall and clean that stuff out of the wood. I scrubbed the wood 3 times with lacquer thinner, twice with Simple green full strenght and then rinsed it... now that it is dry again, I can still smell some of that stuff and it is driving me crazy. I decided that I wouldnt use recessed lighting when I cover the ceiling but still I want to make sure I eliminate most of the odor.
I was thinking about spraying some odor neutralizer and then painting all the bare wood with BIN primer before covering with drywall and insulation again. I read that stuff is used in heavy duty fire restoration jobs and that it blocks the smell.
Is this making sense ? what is the strongest product that I can use considering that I will cover the exposed area again ?
thanks
fer

Wolley

05:38AM | 06/30/03
Hi! I hate to say that, but the only way to get rid of the smell, is to remove all the wood and start over again. The product he used soaks into the wood and stays there, no matter what you do (except sanding the wood to about half of its actual size). If you are worried about termite damage, there are now some products that are safe to you and the environment, but that prevent termites from eating the wood. You will also want to clean or throw away whatever the treated wood touched; drywall, insulation, foundation walls, etc. This product is very toxic even for exterior use (that's why it is being banned) and I can't believe a contractor used it for interior use. Consider yourself lucky that you are still healthy. I hope this will help you!

shabunde

01:58PM | 06/30/03
Member Since: 06/29/03
2 lifetime posts
That is baaad news... getting rid of all the wood is not a possiblity... the whole house is built on top of it!

Now all the wood surfaces that the liquid touched were be covered with drywall. I removed all the drywall and insulation that touched it already. If you touch the wood, it doesnt smell like it anymore; it is just a little bit of smell in the air when you close the windows and doors. Can I cover all the wood with the BIN shellac primer sealer and then hide it with drywall ?

thanks
fer

virginia1

10:24AM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/17/09
1 lifetime posts
I am having the same problem. the company told me to wash the wood with a disinfectant. I did and it still stinks.

Anyone have any other ideas?

gregmacd

05:33PM | 11/08/09
Member Since: 11/07/09
1 lifetime posts
I got rid of about 95% of the Copper Green smell with the Zinsser brand

Shellac-Base Primer-Sealer, which is used to contain smoke smell. I also saw it advertised to get rid of mildew, pet odor, and other smells.

bluedevild

04:25PM | 07/26/11
Member Since: 07/26/11
1 lifetime posts
I know this is an old thread but this is a very current issue for me... Same issue. Copper Green in basement. Calling the company they act like they have never heard of the issue... He told me to use an air hose.. huh? This was used on the lower framing wood that nails to the concrete... The wood has all been removed but over spray has been in contact with walls and floor of my foundation. Ive tried $2K worth of Zinsser Bin Shellac and so far no help. It seems that the smell/over spray has some how gone into the pores of my foundation and I cant get rid of it.. I'm to the point where I just want to move out. Have any of you had luck resolving your issue after this much time? Im outta ideas and out of money battling this stuff. I wish they could un-invent it.

Please help !!

BV001851

03:50PM | 08/18/13
We are also battling this smell in the bedrooms of our children! Our contractor used the 'improved' version of Coper Green, Green's Copper BROWN to aid in combatting mold in the walls caused by a foundation issue (which he fixed, but sprayed the GCB for good measure). The smell is killing us! Unable to move our kids back into their bedrooms; they get headaches from the fumes even after two weeks of ventilation. Does anyone know if the new BROWN version of the original is just as difficult to remediate? This is so upsetting for our family.

BV003064

12:44AM | 01/19/14
Sue you contractor for being such an idiot by applying it inside the house. It says for "interior use" on the container.

BV010203

08:19AM | 01/20/16
We are getting ready to close on a house. Needed subterranean termite work done boring spraying etc. instead the contractor, used by the sellers, hired an unlicensed guy a few weeks ago. Instead of boring he sprayed Copper Green Brown all over the crawl space of the house. Even had extra so he sprayed more then he thought it needed. We did the final walk through yesterday. It still smells horrible weeks later. Is there anyway to get rid of the odor? Is this newer version toxic in the crawl space? There are 2 doors leading from crawl space to homes bottom floor/mother in law unit.

BV010649

11:25PM | 02/23/16
You need to first remove it with acetone then paint it with zinnser shellac based primer to lock in the smell.

I had this same problem 3 years ago when I bought my house.

BV017145

08:21PM | 08/15/18
Paint it with laxex primer it will help

Bobee

11:58AM | 08/16/18
Member Since: 06/23/18
10 lifetime posts
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As far as I know, the only way is to replace all the wood with a new one, already processed and odorless.

BV018846

03:14PM | 03/08/19
Sad to hear im not the only one suffering from this bs but glad im not the only one either, luckily for me it was only used on one bedroom window but the past 5 days have been very frustrating. Ive done all kinds of things, even used heat to bring up the copper and green from inside the wood and it seems to have worked a bit. I will redo the whole dame window by next week if this persists, just waiting for the rain to stop, concerned about my health now that Ive read how potent it is but havent experienced any real discomfort except for just dealing with the stench. Keep ur noses covered

BV019201

01:46PM | 05/01/19
Creoshield - got rid of the smell. A buddy used it in his crawl space to coat some really old creosoted floor joists. The smell was gone instantly.

So, I figured why not try to cover up the smell from using a Home depot 'new creosote'. It is made with copper naphthenate which is used in allot of EXTERIOR jobs. Anyway, I used the Creoshield, the next day the smell was gone.

I had mixed up too much and decided to try it on an oak floor that was soaked with cat urine from a few litters.... again, next day, no smell. Love this stuff.... they should have called it Odor-Eater.

Don't bother with Bin or Kilz ... neither worked for me...AT ALL!!!!!

BV019201

01:47PM | 05/01/19
Creoshield - got rid of the smell. A buddy used it in his crawl space to coat some really old creosoted floor joists. The smell was gone instantly.

So, I figured why not try to cover up the smell from using a Home depot 'new creosote'. It is made with copper naphthenate which is used in allot of EXTERIOR jobs. Anyway, I used the Creoshield, the next day the smell was gone.

I had mixed up too much and decided to try it on an oak floor that was soaked with cat urine from a few litters.... again, next day, no smell. Love this stuff.... they should have called it Odor-Eater.

Don't bother with Bin or Kilz ... neither worked for me...AT ALL!!!!!

BV021163

12:46PM | 12/23/19
Hello, (BV019201)
Can you tell me where you purchased the Creoshield. I live in Oregon I cannot seem to find a retailer. The smell is horrible and has lasted for months now!
Thank you

BV021431

08:08PM | 01/22/20
I too can use purchasing info on Creoshield. I bought an old hunting lodge years ago and still not able to love there due to creosote exposed beams on the interior.

BV021563

04:59PM | 02/07/20
I had some work done in the bathroom and the contractor doing the work, sprayed some copper green on the door frame and a stud because he thought he saw some termite damage. We had it open for a day with all the doors and windows open. Now the dry wall is in place. I can still smell it.

Has anyone been successful in getting rid of the smell? Do I have to replace the wall stud and the door frame that it touched?

Thanks for any help


BV023135

07:56AM | 08/05/20
I had to replace my entire bathroom walls to get ride of the smell.


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