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1 1 Unit D: Forest Products Lesson 4: Protecting and Preserving Wood

2 Terms Coal-tar creosote Coal-tar creosote Cold-soaking Cold-soaking Double-diffusion Double-diffusion Heartwood Heartwood Hot-cold bath Hot-cold bath Sapwood Sapwood Surface check Surface check 2

3 3 What causes wood to deteriorate? Like other materials, wood deteriorates as a result of interaction with the environment. Like other materials, wood deteriorates as a result of interaction with the environment.

4 4 What causes wood to deteriorate? Wood exposed to fungi, damp or moist places, or certain insects will deteriorate. Wood exposed to fungi, damp or moist places, or certain insects will deteriorate. Wood products placed near the surface of the ground are very susceptible to decay and to destruction by insects.Wood products placed near the surface of the ground are very susceptible to decay and to destruction by insects. In general, all wood contacting the ground or exposed to weather should be treated with a preservative.In general, all wood contacting the ground or exposed to weather should be treated with a preservative.

5 5 What causes wood to deteriorate? Using a preservative is even more important in regions where high rainfall and mild climate are factors. Using a preservative is even more important in regions where high rainfall and mild climate are factors.

6 6 What causes wood to deteriorate? When planning a project made of wood or that will utilize wood, following accepted precautions will reduce the chances that the wood will deteriorate prematurely. When planning a project made of wood or that will utilize wood, following accepted precautions will reduce the chances that the wood will deteriorate prematurely. Consider conditions that present potential decay or insect problems. Consider conditions that present potential decay or insect problems.

7 7 What causes wood to deteriorate? Design and treat new construction to protect wood from moisture, decay hazards, and insects. Design and treat new construction to protect wood from moisture, decay hazards, and insects.

8 8 What causes wood to deteriorate? Use treated wood in constructions where wood cannot be kept at least 45 centimeters above the surface of the ground and protected from excessive moisture. Use treated wood in constructions where wood cannot be kept at least 45 centimeters above the surface of the ground and protected from excessive moisture. Treat exposed large load-bearing beams with preservative. Treat exposed large load-bearing beams with preservative.

9 9 What causes wood to deteriorate? Recognize that preservative is essential where wood in permanent structures is in contact with the ground. Recognize that preservative is essential where wood in permanent structures is in contact with the ground. When wood decay is detected, immediately remove moisture from the wood so decay does not worsen. When wood decay is detected, immediately remove moisture from the wood so decay does not worsen. Decay causing fungi grow even when there is only a little moisture on the surface of wood cells.Decay causing fungi grow even when there is only a little moisture on the surface of wood cells.

10 10 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? The purpose of treating wood is to protect it against insects and decay organisms. The purpose of treating wood is to protect it against insects and decay organisms. Wood that is commercially pressure treated with a good preservative can be expected to give the most dependable service.Wood that is commercially pressure treated with a good preservative can be expected to give the most dependable service.

11 11 Pressure treated lumber

12 12 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Pressure treatment requires expensive equipment and highly technical skills. Pressure treatment requires expensive equipment and highly technical skills. The wood to be treated is placed in a steel cylinder and sealed. The wood to be treated is placed in a steel cylinder and sealed. A preservative is pumped into the cylinder, and pressure and/or vacuum is applied so that the wood takes up the desired amount of preservative.A preservative is pumped into the cylinder, and pressure and/or vacuum is applied so that the wood takes up the desired amount of preservative.

13 13 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Wood can be treated at home with good results by proper use of recognized toxic preservative. Wood can be treated at home with good results by proper use of recognized toxic preservative. Good preservatives applied poorly or poor preservatives applied carefully are of little value. Good preservatives applied poorly or poor preservatives applied carefully are of little value. A preservative protects wood from dangerous fungi and insects.A preservative protects wood from dangerous fungi and insects.

14 14 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? A good preservative must do a number things. A good preservative must do a number things. It must penetrate the wood to sufficient depth to form an exterior shell of poisonous wood that will prevent attacks by fungi and insects, even in surface checks that may later develop. It must penetrate the wood to sufficient depth to form an exterior shell of poisonous wood that will prevent attacks by fungi and insects, even in surface checks that may later develop. A surface check is a crack, usually formed in the drying-out process.A surface check is a crack, usually formed in the drying-out process.

15 15 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? It must retain its toxic effect under field conditions for a number of years. It must retain its toxic effect under field conditions for a number of years. It should not easily leach out of the wood while in service. It should not easily leach out of the wood while in service. It must not be flammable or injurious to the wood, or corrode metal. It must not be flammable or injurious to the wood, or corrode metal.

16 16 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? It should not be dangerous to animals and humans when used in normal concentrations. It should not be dangerous to animals and humans when used in normal concentrations. Protective clothing and accessories, and eyeware should be worn to guard against injury from spills and spatters. Protective clothing and accessories, and eyeware should be worn to guard against injury from spills and spatters. It must be handled safely and applied according to the manufacturers label.It must be handled safely and applied according to the manufacturers label.

17 17 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Lumber treated with preservatives should be handled cautiously. Lumber treated with preservatives should be handled cautiously. Always wear skin and eye protection when handling treated lumber. Always wear skin and eye protection when handling treated lumber. Protection from breathing the sawdust when cutting treated lumber is necessary. Protection from breathing the sawdust when cutting treated lumber is necessary.

18 18 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Treated lumber should not be used for interior applications. Treated lumber should not be used for interior applications. Treated lumber should be sealed with paint or polyurethane after construction. Treated lumber should be sealed with paint or polyurethane after construction. To prevent the preservative from being leached out.To prevent the preservative from being leached out.

19 19 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Lumber treated with arsenic-based wood preservatives such as chromated copper arsenate (CCA) has been banned for residential use as a wood preservative by the EPA because arsenic is known to cause cancer in humans and was phased out of production in January Lumber treated with arsenic-based wood preservatives such as chromated copper arsenate (CCA) has been banned for residential use as a wood preservative by the EPA because arsenic is known to cause cancer in humans and was phased out of production in January 2004.

20 20 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Because of the wide spread use of CCA-treated lumber, certain precautions should be followed to reduce exposure to arsenic. Because of the wide spread use of CCA-treated lumber, certain precautions should be followed to reduce exposure to arsenic. Seal wood annually with standard wood treatments. Seal wood annually with standard wood treatments.

21 21 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Wash your skin when and where any contact has been made and especially before eating. Wash your skin when and where any contact has been made and especially before eating. Do not store toys or tools in treated lumber. Do not store toys or tools in treated lumber. Arsenic leached from the lumber will accumulate on anything around it, including the soil.Arsenic leached from the lumber will accumulate on anything around it, including the soil.

22 22 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Do not allow children or pets to have access to this type of treated lumber. Do not allow children or pets to have access to this type of treated lumber. Cover a CCA-treated outside table with a tablecloth before using. Cover a CCA-treated outside table with a tablecloth before using.

23 23 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? Preservatives such as coal-tar creosote, solutions of creosote mixed with other toxic chemicals, pentachlorophenol (penta) solutions, and water-borne materials containing one or more compounds of copper, zinc, fluorine, and chromium bring good results. Preservatives such as coal-tar creosote, solutions of creosote mixed with other toxic chemicals, pentachlorophenol (penta) solutions, and water-borne materials containing one or more compounds of copper, zinc, fluorine, and chromium bring good results.

24 24 What are the commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives? However, coal-tar creosote and pentachlorophenol are only available for purchase and use by properly licensed users. However, coal-tar creosote and pentachlorophenol are only available for purchase and use by properly licensed users.

25 25 What are the naturally durable woods? There are several naturally durable woods. There are several naturally durable woods.

26 26 What are the naturally durable woods? The natural durability of a given wood is determined by what part of the tree it is taken from. The natural durability of a given wood is determined by what part of the tree it is taken from. The sapwood of trees is not durable when it is in contact with the soil. The sapwood of trees is not durable when it is in contact with the soil. Sapwood is the light-colored wood near the outer portion of the tree. Sapwood is the light-colored wood near the outer portion of the tree.

27 27 What are the naturally durable woods? Sapwood is composed of living cells and conducts water and minerals to the tree crown. Sapwood is composed of living cells and conducts water and minerals to the tree crown.

28 28 What are the naturally durable woods? Heartwood, the dark inner core of the tree, is composed on non-living cells and naturally resists decay better than the sapwood. Heartwood, the dark inner core of the tree, is composed on non-living cells and naturally resists decay better than the sapwood. The heartwood is more resistant in some species than in others. The heartwood is more resistant in some species than in others.

29 29 What are the naturally durable woods? The heartwood of several species is considered naturally durable and, though untreated, can be used in areas where wood comes in contact with the ground. The heartwood of several species is considered naturally durable and, though untreated, can be used in areas where wood comes in contact with the ground.

30 30 What are the naturally durable woods? Black locust, black walnut, osage- orange, catalpa, cedar, chestnut, chinkapin, juniper, lighter or pitchy pine, pacific yew, red mulberry, sassafras and white oak species are considered naturally durable. Black locust, black walnut, osage- orange, catalpa, cedar, chestnut, chinkapin, juniper, lighter or pitchy pine, pacific yew, red mulberry, sassafras and white oak species are considered naturally durable. Black locust, lighter pine, red mulberry, pacific yew and osage-orange are considered the most durable. Black locust, lighter pine, red mulberry, pacific yew and osage-orange are considered the most durable.

31 31 What preservatives are used for wood? Wood preservatives are used to preserve or extend the life of wood and wood products. Wood preservatives are used to preserve or extend the life of wood and wood products. Wood preservatives can be divided into two groups: preservative oils and water-borne salts. Wood preservatives can be divided into two groups: preservative oils and water-borne salts.

32 32 What preservatives are used for wood? Preservative oils have higher resistance to leaching than do salts and are more suitable for outdoor exposure. Preservative oils have higher resistance to leaching than do salts and are more suitable for outdoor exposure.

33 33 What preservatives are used for wood? The following are examples of preservative oils. The following are examples of preservative oils. Coal-tar creosote, the most widely used industrial preservative, is a brownish or black oil made by distilling coal tar.Coal-tar creosote, the most widely used industrial preservative, is a brownish or black oil made by distilling coal tar. It is practically insoluble in water and has proven to be the best preservative for wood that will come in contact with water. It is practically insoluble in water and has proven to be the best preservative for wood that will come in contact with water.

34 34 What preservatives are used for wood? Coal-tar creosotes for non-pressure treatments are creosotes known as crystal-free coal-tar creosotes. Coal-tar creosotes for non-pressure treatments are creosotes known as crystal-free coal-tar creosotes.

35 35 What preservatives are used for wood? In the process of manufacture, the crystal forming chemicals have been removed. In the process of manufacture, the crystal forming chemicals have been removed. Since the oil flows freely at ordinary temperatures, creosotes of this type are used when brush or spray applications are desired. Since the oil flows freely at ordinary temperatures, creosotes of this type are used when brush or spray applications are desired.

36 36 What preservatives are used for wood? Creosote mixtures are made from coal tar and are usually so toxic to fungi that they can be diluted up to 50 percent or more with other oils to lower the cost of using the preservatives. Creosote mixtures are made from coal tar and are usually so toxic to fungi that they can be diluted up to 50 percent or more with other oils to lower the cost of using the preservatives.

37 37 What preservatives are used for wood? Other creosotes include wood-tar, water-gas-tar, and oil-tar. Other creosotes include wood-tar, water-gas-tar, and oil-tar. They have wood-preserving properties when of good quality and properly used.They have wood-preserving properties when of good quality and properly used. Coal tar alone is not a good preserver. Coal tar alone is not a good preserver. It is not very poisonous to fungi and it does not penetrate wood very well.It is not very poisonous to fungi and it does not penetrate wood very well.

38 38 What preservatives are used for wood? Of the chlorinated phenols, pentachlorophenol or penta, has gained wide acceptance as an effective wood preservative in cold soaking and in the hot-cold bath process. Of the chlorinated phenols, pentachlorophenol or penta, has gained wide acceptance as an effective wood preservative in cold soaking and in the hot-cold bath process. It is available in the dry flake form or ready to use solution. It is available in the dry flake form or ready to use solution.

39 39 What preservatives are used for wood? Concentrated and ready to use solutions of copper naphthenate are available for mixing with petroleum oils to make a treating solution that is effective against termites and decay. Concentrated and ready to use solutions of copper naphthenate are available for mixing with petroleum oils to make a treating solution that is effective against termites and decay.

40 40 What preservatives are used for wood? Water-borne salts generally do not perform as well as preservative oils under conditions favorable to leaching. Water-borne salts generally do not perform as well as preservative oils under conditions favorable to leaching. Water-borne salts are principally used where wood will not be in contact with the ground. Water-borne salts are principally used where wood will not be in contact with the ground.

41 41 What preservatives are used for wood? However, some water-borne salts, such as those used in the double diffusion process, have been developed to the point where good performance can be expected even when the treated wood is in contact with the ground. However, some water-borne salts, such as those used in the double diffusion process, have been developed to the point where good performance can be expected even when the treated wood is in contact with the ground.

42 42 What preservatives are used for wood? Wood treated with water-borne preservatives is relatively clean, paintable, and free of objectionable odor. Wood treated with water-borne preservatives is relatively clean, paintable, and free of objectionable odor.

43 43 What preservatives are used for wood? The following are examples of water-borne salts. The following are examples of water-borne salts. Zinc chloride preservative is relatively inexpensive, has no color, is uniform in quality and is not a fire hazard.Zinc chloride preservative is relatively inexpensive, has no color, is uniform in quality and is not a fire hazard. It will leach out of wood that is in contact with the soil and does not perform as well as other preservatives. It will leach out of wood that is in contact with the soil and does not perform as well as other preservatives.

44 44 What preservatives are used for wood? Chromated zinc chloride and copperized chromated zinc chloride were developed as improvements over zinc chloride. Chromated zinc chloride and copperized chromated zinc chloride were developed as improvements over zinc chloride. They are more resistant to leaching. They are more resistant to leaching.

45 45 What preservatives are used for wood? There are a number of commercially available patented preservatives sold under the trade names of the companies that make them. There are a number of commercially available patented preservatives sold under the trade names of the companies that make them. They are principally used for the treatment of wood where there is not ground contact and where the treated wood will be painted.They are principally used for the treatment of wood where there is not ground contact and where the treated wood will be painted.

46 46 What preservatives are used for wood? Odor, paintability, color, and combustibility are other factors to consider when choosing a preservative. Odor, paintability, color, and combustibility are other factors to consider when choosing a preservative.

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48 48 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. An alternative to pressure treating lumber is to use non-pressure treating processes. An alternative to pressure treating lumber is to use non-pressure treating processes. There are several non-pressure preservative treating processes. There are several non-pressure preservative treating processes.

49 49 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. Superficial application of oil preservatives to wood by brushing, spraying, dipping or soaking will increase the service life of the wood by two or three times. Superficial application of oil preservatives to wood by brushing, spraying, dipping or soaking will increase the service life of the wood by two or three times. Superficial applications are recommended only when more effective treatments cannot be used Superficial applications are recommended only when more effective treatments cannot be used

50 50 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. Cold-soaking involves submerging the wood in a preservative solution for about 48 hours in summer to 72 hours in winter. Cold-soaking involves submerging the wood in a preservative solution for about 48 hours in summer to 72 hours in winter. Wood to be treated with an oil preservative should first be dried to a moisture content of 20 to 30 percent. Wood to be treated with an oil preservative should first be dried to a moisture content of 20 to 30 percent.

51 51 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. Double-diffusion is a treatment process in which unseasoned wood is soaked in two separate chemical solutions. The two chemicals react to produce a preservative that is insoluble in water and is toxic to insects and fungi. Double-diffusion is a treatment process in which unseasoned wood is soaked in two separate chemical solutions. The two chemicals react to produce a preservative that is insoluble in water and is toxic to insects and fungi.

52 52 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. Two of the most reasonably priced chemicals for use in this treatment are technical-grade copper sulfate and technical-grade sodium fluoride in water. Two of the most reasonably priced chemicals for use in this treatment are technical-grade copper sulfate and technical-grade sodium fluoride in water.

53 53 Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes. Hot-cold bath consists of heating seasoned wood in a preservative for several hours and then quickly submerging the wood in a cold preservative for several hours more. Hot-cold bath consists of heating seasoned wood in a preservative for several hours and then quickly submerging the wood in a cold preservative for several hours more. Hot-cold bath process uses coal-tar creosote and other oil preservatives. It is the most effective of all non- pressure processes. Hot-cold bath process uses coal-tar creosote and other oil preservatives. It is the most effective of all non- pressure processes.

54 54 Summary / Review 1. Explain the principal causes of wood deterioration. 2. Identify commercial and noncommercial wood preservatives. 3. Identify naturally durable woods. 4. Describe preservatives used for wood. 5. Explain the non-pressure preservative treating processes.


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