On Thu, 6 May 2004 08:37:26 -0400, "beekay"
:) I'm in the middle of purchasing a home built in the 1950's. The latest
:) infestation report from Arrow (I believe) says there is no evidence of
:) current or past problems with any type of wood-destroying insects. However,
:) every beam and board for the house's floor, when viewed in the crawl space,
:) has tiny holes all over them. The holes are about the diameter of a pencil
:) lead, they are quite shallow - maybe 1/8 of an inch, and almost perfectly
:) round. I had to press the issue a little with the home inspector, but he
:) wrote it up, agreeing with me that it seemed very unusual. The wood seems
:) very strong, and there appeared to be no damage beyond the holes. They are
:) very numerous, seem to be everywhere in the basement, but not in any regular
:) pattern. There is no contact of wood with the ground except for the deck
:) supports that are in the front of the house. Some of the wood appears to
:) have a dark stain on it , as though something was brushed on it, very
:) irregularly. Inspector said it almost looked like oil. To me, it looked a
:) little like brown paint. It doesn't feel any different to my fingers.
:) Everything is very dry. Plastic sheeting covers about half the dirt floor.
:) Furnace and AC are in the crawl space - nothing else.
:) Any ideas about the holes?
I would be concerned of a possible, past powder post beetle problem.
And the bigger concern would be that the "inspector" did not notate
them. If you know people in the area you might ask around to find
someone who a friend may trust to do another inspection, not
necessarily another WDI/WDO report but just a look around for another
professional opinion. Anyone you find, you may ask if they are
familiar with PPB signs. If there was an active problem, you would of
seen a lot of powder wood particles on the ground under the beams.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.