11:15PM | 05/27/05
Member Since: 05/27/05
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We heat our home with wood, which means we carry in a lot of wood. I would like to build a wood shed against our house on the exterior wall nearest our stove, with a pass-through door to reach through to get wood as needed. We have cedar siding.

Is there a very good way to protect the house from infestation by wood-eating insects when the house and woodshed share a common wall? Use a metal sheeting or brick siding on the outside of the wall, for example. I'm not a builder, so I don't know if these ideas are feasible. Any ideas are appreciated.

Jim D

03:52AM | 05/28/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
SugarPlum2 - hi, I'm not a contractor or builder. I'm thinking you're increasing the odds you'll have problems with termites/carpenter ants with your idea. They'll be attracted initially to the wood you're storing up to burn. If you put the wood into the storage area green, it'll be moist and that's what they like. If you let it dry out in the air before storing it, they can find it and get into it while it's drying and may "hitch a ride" into your storage area.

I understand the idea you have and think it can work. However, realistically it's an area that will require routine and thorough pest treatments - maybe twice a year.

In the last house I rented, I had a woodburning fireplace and I stored the wood on a rack on my back porch which was screened in. It didn't take long for my wife to notice we had some unwelcome tenants in the wood. I'd bought the wood already dried out. I ended up building a new rack out in front of the house about 75 feet away where I kept most of the wood and only put wood on the back porch rack in the winter and enough to keep us happy for a couple weeks (we didn't burn it nightly). Whatever wasn't burned by springtime went back out to the main woodrack.

I'm sure one of the expert contractors or builders who frequent this site can give you ideas. I'd think the storage area will need excellent air ventilation and protection from water infiltration. Good luck - and thank a veteran you know this weekend! Jim D/West Point, VA


12:06AM | 05/30/05
Member Since: 05/27/05
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Thanks for your observations, Jim. After doing some reading about wood-eating pests this weekend, unless someone answers my query with a very nifty idea, I'm inclined to expend my effort bringing wood to the house from ****her away rather than save the effort there but having to spend it treating for insects, or listening for chewing sounds in the walls!!

Are you a veteran, by any chance? If so, THANK YOU! I'm in touch with some boys who are in Iraq and Afghanistan now, as well as one who came back with serious injuries, and I thank God for them every night! I know we owe them more than we can repay.

Jim D

04:49AM | 05/30/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
SugarPlum2 - hi again, you may get a nifty idea or two from the experts may need to wait a couple more days. I'm sure there's a way to do it, even if it's building a storage area away from the main house and putting an enclosed walkway up to the house. I'm not sure I'd want to cut a new opening into the house's perimeter wall in that case...maybe having it come onto a porch or up to an existing doorway would be "close enough" in this case.

Yes, I'm an active duty Air Force member with almost 31 years of service so far and 1 to go to retirement. The only war I fought in directly was the Cold War - I've not been deployed directly to Southwest Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. during hostile action. The troops getting sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Navy Medical Center all land at Andrews AFB where I'm assigned, so I see them at times. I keep all of them in my prayers. I know the troops appreciate your thanks and your prayers.

Good luck with your project - I hope there's a solution out there for you! Jim D/West Point, VA


09:51AM | 05/30/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
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This site has some strange sensoring software. I notice that ****her[far-ther] gets ***ed. seems a bit extreme.

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