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Old 08-21-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Should I treat for termites before drywalling my garage?


I'm buying my first home next week. My first project is to drywall the detached garage, which currently has exposed framing on the inside (stucco outside)**.

Should I treat or paint the exposed framing in any way before I drywall over it?

During the inspections, some termite damage was found in the garage -- that damage has now been treated. It occurs to me that once you've sealed the wall there's no way to check internally for termite damage. Since our area is very prone to drywood termites and those timbers have been exposed to the inside of the garage for at least twenty years, I wonder if I should be doing anything special to protect them before I make it impossible to re-inspect them.

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** In fact, I'm hoping to do it before we even move. We have four days between getting the keys and moving, and i figure it will be much easier before all our stuff gets moved into the garage...

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Surface spray the exposed wood with Tim-bor. There are good directions on the label. Bora-care would work well too but timbor is cheaper and will do the job. It is a powder that you mix with water; basically it is boric acid.

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Thanks for the suggestion ... I have my plan now. :-)
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Should I treat for termites before drywalling my garage?


The boron is a good idea any time you have walls open but do not apply it, seal the walls, and turn your back!

If you have experienced a noticeable infestation be diligent about inspections and think about some sort of perimeter prevention system.
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