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http://www.rotdoctor.com/L/HouseL/hQA039.htmlhttp://www.durable-wood.com/pdfs/borate-eng1oct02.pdfhttp://www.askthebuilder.com/printer_272-StopTermites-Soak-Wood-with-Safe-Borates.shtmlRC: These are very helpful....thank you, Daddymem. This seems to answer my question if one can 'do-it-yourself':"When diluted 1 lb. borate to 1 gallon warm water and soaked into wood, it is an excellent fungicide and insecticide with relatively low toxicity. "
I assume it has similar qualities. I don't know much more about it than what I read on the Log Home store site. I also picked up some powder that was boric acid - stores have it for silverfish, cockroachs, ants etc.Some of the difference between the borates and the poisonous treatments is that the borate is more water soluble so if it gets washed off it may have to be re-treated.Here is a quote from the Homesteading Today forum:Borax is slightly different than regular boric acid, I don't exactly remember the difference. There are several boric acid compounds. Some are very soluable and others not as much. The timbor product is totally soluable in water. I will do a little research and see if I can find the answer. I believe it has to do with the free boron, which is the ingredient that does the job. The key would be whether it dissolves. You want to saturate the the mix. I will also check on the percentage of boric acid in the ethylene glycol. I believe boraxo soap has lots of other stuff in it and may not be as good. It doesn't take a lot to preserve the wood. If you use the Bora-care product, it can be sprayed on the surface until it is wet, thats all.RC: Glenn, from what I'm reading the product is pretty much just borax in water. The water is apparently the carrier. If it is all this simple, and if it's this cheap....then I would think any builder would want to spray the heck out of all interior lumber before outside siding and inside sheetrock goes on. It could save a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth down the road.
Anyway, I bought a box of 20 Mule Team and called the company and they would'nt tell me anything either.
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