Decaying Wood

by Mr Blessed 500
(New Jersey)

Decaying wood tells many things about a house and other places if you have this problem you may want to read this carpentry page holla at ya boy.

Decaying wood Certain kinds of fungi attack wood under the right conditions mainly when the proper amount of moisture and temperature (70°F to 85°F.) are present. The resultant weakening of the wood is variously known as wet rot, dry rot (a misnomer), or simply decay. No matter what the name, the cause is the same a fungus feeding on the wood. Depending on the fungus and the stage of' the condition, rotting wood may look brown and crumbly. Al earlier stages the wood May be white and spongy to the touch.

These conditions may not appear on the surface of the wood for some time. Wood with interior rot may sot and hollow it you lap it or feel spongy when pressed. When the surrounding atmosphere is very damp, the fungi may grow out on the surface of the decaying wood, appearing as mottled white or brown growths in patches, strands, or vine like structures. The way to prevent rot, or at least slow its progress once it is present, is to keep affected or potential decay sites dry and cool. Adequate ventilation is a must, and keeping the area as dry as possible is also important. This is not always possible without elaborate drainage and ventilation arrangements, which are best built into a structure when it is first constructed.

If you find advanced rot in structural members of a house, boat, or camper, the affected parts must be re-placed. 'Ibis, of course, can be expensive. If the rot is confined to small areas that do not bear weight window and door sills, floors and walk adjacent to sweating toilet fixtures or very small spots on posts and beams, you can treat it with a thin epoxy resin designed to arrest the spread of rot and repair some of the damage it has caused.

Several brands are available at boating supply stores. The compound is sold in two containers, the contents of which must be mixed together before use. Pour the mixture into holes drilled into the rotted portions of the wood. The material seeps into the wood pores and, when dry, forms a solid plastic filler that can arrest the spread of the fungus for years. These products come with detailed directions for use in various situations. The resin takes several days to work; more can be added to the damaged area as the original application finds its way down into various small voids. Thanks for reading this page on decaying wood

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