Was just about to take over a business in a rented shop when I
discovered extensive woodworm damage in the floor. Not old flight
holes from woodworm long gone as there is a lot of evidence of recent
activity. The floor has been examined by a couple of woodworm
treatment companies and they say it is beyond treatment and needs
completely replacing. I am considering moving to another shop as I am
in a bit of a dispute with the landlord as he has said he would rather
sell the property than repair the floor and grant me a lease. My
question is, the current shop/business is a card and gift shop and the
card racks, counter, cupboards etc are made of chipboard and MDF. Will
the woodworm be in these. ie. do woodworm like chipboard and MDF. The
chipboard card racks are plastic coated except for the bottom and back
edges, as its only the rough end grain that is exposed its impossible
to see any flight holes. Can I take these to other premises or will I
be spreading the problem. The two treatment contractors had
conflicting opinions. Not quite DIY, but does anybody have any advice?
"Another point worth noting is in relation to plywood. It is frequently
thought that plywood is extremely prone to woodworm attack. While this may
have been true many years ago when plywood was made with casein adhesives,
modern resin-bonded plywood is unlikely to be attacked, and the same holds
true for other man-made boardmaterials such as OSB, MDF or chipboard"
On 3 Sep 2003 05:32:19 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve McGuire)
No. They're both full of formaldehyde and pretty toxic to eat.
However they're both also very damp sensitive. If you have a crummy
environment, watch for them getting wet (usually from the bottom
edges). If they are damp, try to dry them out completely whilst laid
horizontal, before they start to bend.
In extreme cases of damp chipboard, you may get slugs - but I've never
seen a worm or boring beetle.
I have. It was in an inherited piece of furniture - lovely wood veneer,
but over chipboard. One day I heard a scrabbling sort of sound and
discovered dozens and dozens of small brown beetley-looking creatures
exiting the furniture across the dining room floor. They were coming out
of the chipboard core, and there were piles of 'sawdust' in the interior
bits of the unit. This was years ago, and the cabinet was made sometime in
the 1960s, so presumably different glues, etc, were used.
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