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Old 07-26-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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I am replacing some and sistering some wall studs and the sill thanks to termite damage. Should I use regular wood or salt treated wood for the new studs/sill?
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Michelle: I'd advise asking a bug specialist in your area. Termites are a PITA. I know there are metal flashings made specifically to deter termites, as a first line of defense, and there are non-earth-friendly poisons for the suckers. You may have to repeat treatments periodically, too; I've had to do that w/ carpenter ants (synthetic pyrethroid nuked them immediately, then I retreated prophylactically (sp?) two years later.) GL. j
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Anything touching concrete should be pressure treated. But since you have an issue with termites, I would at least replace the bottom plate with PT. Borax treatment works well on most insects.

Keep in mind that ACQ treatment requires special fasteners, with stainless steel being preferred.
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The house has already been treated for termites and there is no more activity. I need to know what kind of wood to use. What is PT?
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PT is pressure treated; All Weather Wood. Usually a bronze color; used to be green. It will eat ordinary nails in a few years, hence either galvanized or stainless steel are used. Glad your 'mites have been treated.
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