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Holes in barn beams
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Scott    Posted 04-30-2003 at 16:37:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got barn beams from a tear down. They have small holes from beetles, worms, or some parasite. They look old and there is no sign of wood dust from the manace. How can I tell if they're still active? Is it safe to bring thses into the house for decoration?

Thanks


Dave Smith    Posted 04-30-2003 at 17:33:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you have powder post beetels. Ask at you're local Ag store what they have for them. If you can, take a small piece with the holes to show them.
Dave


JD-Tractor in NY    Posted 04-30-2003 at 21:51:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Scott,
Before you go and get all excited!If the holes don't look active you may have a variety of wood called wormy chestnut as it was used extensively for barns and such years ago It is quite desirable to woodworkers and hobbiest.Take a sample to a lumberyard or someone that knows woods for an opinion


Kat in NJ    Posted 04-30-2003 at 17:03:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Outside, spread a clean tarpaulin or sheet and leave the beam on it for several days. Check every day to see if it is producing sawdust. If the borers are alive, they'll produce fresh dust fairly quickly.

I once bought an antique spinning wheel, one of those big walking wheels, which had been stored in a barn and which I found afterwards to be infested with some sort of borer. The bench of the wheel was oak, and they were happily tunneling through it. I have an old bathtub that I plugged and fill with clordane and water, weighed down the bench and sunk it in the tub for several days. Took it out, dried it, and was able to restore the bench with alot of wood filler to the tunnels.

This may be a drastic method, but it worked!

Kat


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