A Mini Tear Drop Story From Washington State!
Inspired by an article published in April, 1953, Washington State Craftsman John Pierce began his very own Wild Goose Chase. Click to read Article.
When it came to protecting every inch of the installed wall studs and sub-floor, as well as the materials used for the ceiling and rear hatch substructure, interior and exterior wall skins, cabinets, anywhere that might come into contact with water, John choose CedarCide’s CedarShield.
Congrats to John D. Pierce!
Captain Dexter's Florida Swim Spa.
In January, 2000 Mary and Dexter Simmons were married at Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. Our “honeymoon suite” had a hot tub. Over the ensuing years we joked that we would love to install our own spa at our home on Sugarloaf Key. Finally, a few months ago, our family embarked on a dream project designed to install a swim spa in our back yard. We selected the spa design from many options, knowing that we wanted to have protection from the hot Florida sun while enjoying our swim spa outdoors. Here is the Swim Spa installed in June, 2011:
The cedar enclosure or “soji” was installed along with the swim spa by Spa, Inc. of Sarasota, FL. At the time of the installation, the installers recommended CedarShield to protect the wood. We jotted down all the informationand proceeded to enjoy using the spa for the ensuing summer. In the late summer, we noticed that some mold was growing on the cedar on the inside and the outside of the spa enclosure:
After researching our options, it was clear to us that we needed to first clean the off of the wood, then apply a wood preservative to help protect the cedar from mold in the future. We first masked of the interior of the spa tub with contractor’s paper and blue masking tape so that the overspray would not enter the spa water or tub surface. We then cleaned off the mold. We then sprayed down the wood on the outside of the spa to prepare the cedar for the CedarShield application. Here is the spa before applying the CedarShield:
Applying the CedarShield with the garden sprayer was easy. The product on evenly and glistened on the cedar wood in the Florida sun:
After thoroughly spraying down the exterior of the swim spa cedar three times with CedarShield, we are very pleased with the final results:
Capt. Dexter Simmons
P.O. Box 2006
Key West, FL 33045
Jayne’s Bath House on The Gulf Coast
When I was eight year old my Father built me a a log cabin playhouse in our back yard. My brothers and I spent countless hours that summer playing house in the structure. Unfortunately by the next summer the ants, termites and wood rotters had invaded the playhouse. The wet conditions of the Gulf Coast promoted wood decay, termites and thousands of big black Carpenter Ants. My father refused to let the Terminix people use their nasty chemicals to kill the insects and subsequently he had to burn the structure. I was devastated and vowed that I would
someday have a log cabin that could withstand the harsh damp conditions of the Houston area.
Some 52 years later my wish came true. With the addition of a salt water swimming pool to our adjoining Ponderosa Invalid Care Center I found it necessary to build a bath house with a walk-in shower facility. I also needed a structure to house a reserve water supply and auxiliary electric supply generator for my home and the adjoining Care Center. A must if you live on the Gulf Coast where hurricanes are a way of life. I commissioned a local architect to design the log structure.
Obviously it was a challenge to provide the strength necessary to support a 2,000 gallon water tank and servants quarters on the second floor of a log structure.
My engineer became intrigued with a product called CedarShield, a wood stabilizer technology recently introduced to the timber industry. Log structures are plagued with expansion and contraction issues and are magnets for insect, fungal and wood rotter organism. It would be impossible to build a wooden structure that would withstand the harsh wind environment and weight loads it would be exposed to. Treated timber was not a option as test results verified total leaching of the pressure treated chemicals within 6 months and contrary to belief, promote significant instability in the timber.
Dr Ben Oldag at CedarCide was contacted and his input into our project became priceless. With the additionof CedarShield to the construction protocol we were satisfied that when stabilized the strength of the Southern Yellow Pine wood would be doubled and perpetually free from any issues normally found in copper fungicide treated or untreated timber.
With the help of Dr. Ben Oldag, one of the inventors of CedarShield we made the decision to build the structure as planned without the use of any steel components. All of the timber was treated with CedarShield prior to construction and the results were incredible. The exposed structure survived three major wind and rainstorms prior to dry in. All timber including but not limited to the plywood flooring showed zero damage from the exposure to elements during construction.
The Structure has been complete for nearly a year and to date there has been zero movement of any components. Expansion and contraction has been totally eliminated. The wood appears to be getting harder by the month. I am sure my Grandchildren will enjoy a petrified log playhouse long after I am gone.
Jayne- Houston Texas July 2011
Rachel’s Dream Cabin in Upstate New York
It took us 10 years to finally have our little dream cabin built upstate NY on our beautiful rustic land. Because we use the land infrequently and because of persistent encroachment of Mother Nature we wanted to do everything we could to preserve and protect the cabin.
When we searched for wood preservers we found CedarCide products and right away felt this is exactly the product we're looking for:non-toxic, natural, pest repellant, preserve wood from decaying. The weather upstate NY is extreme, it has brutal winter, long snowing season, a lot of rain and strong wind, and yes, a lot of bugs including wood borers. We constantly see wood cabins decaying on the road side. When the cabin was been built we felt that our top priority is to preserve the wood itself, even considering covering it with stucco.
The first picture shows when my husband started spraying the cabin, the left sideof the cabin has not been sprayed yet, one can see the CedarShield didn't change the stain color at all. It just made it look like the wood got wet. The whole process was very easy and it was done in less than an hour (5-gallons). When we were working on the spraying, our contractor came to visit. He saw Cedarshield and told us he's not familiar with the product. After reading the label, he took a picture of the label and said, "This looks like a good product, and it's all natural, I am going to look into it for my other customers". We're glad we can help.
The day we finished spraying the whole cabin, it rained during the night throughout the next day. I took a picture showing that the rain simply roll off the wood, and this is after at least 12 hours of rain. Now we feel very good that the cabin is well protected. Isn't it lovely!
Rachel H. N.Y.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
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After years in the hot Texas weather Larry's precious oriental styled bridge was seeing some where and tear.
This is a shot of the crossboard from Larry's Japanese Bridge, he replaced the older one with the newer ones treated with CedarShield.
Larry wanted to arrest rot and breakdown of the original bent hand rails from the elements, fungi and pests for years to come. Larry painted his existing hand rails, once he treated them with CedarShield.
Now treated to remove all water content in the wood, freshly painted, the bridge is once again open for grand children and young lovers in his lovely backyard.
Dave’s Grand Deck Project
Dave wanted to build a spacious new deck onto his 1960 era home, and make it wheelchair accessible, a project that required imagination and CedarShield! Like all home owners thinking of making this kind of investment, Dave wanted to protect the structure for the long haul.
After, pouring the foundation to support the new structure...
Dave turned his attention to the lumber to be used on the deck and ramps and discovered CedarCide on line. “CedarShield was exactly what I was looking for to stabilize the wood from expansion and contraction, greatly enhancing the lifespan of the wood…”
Every piece of lumber used including the adorning Cedar shake tiles were treated and protected first with CedarShield Deck, Dock and Fence.
The Finished project, transformed and ready for the 4th of July Celebration with all the grandparents, even those in wheelchairs!
Rick's Log Structure
We contracted with a local lumber mill to produce some log cabin siding. Dr. Ben suggested green wood was ideal for stabilization. The paramount objective was to arrest the wood shrink common to log cabin structures which is what causes log splitting.
With the help of a local logger and the saw mill operator we were able to do a transition from standing timber to finished siding in 4 hours! The moisture content was still 48%.
The log cabin siding was placed on sawhorses with the round side up. We proceeded to spray the timber using an airless paint gun. Dr. Ben suggested 1 gallon of Cedarhield per 100 square foot of surface area for the 2” x 6” x 16’ siding would be a satisfactory application amount. He said treatment of one side was all that was needed.
We sprayed the wood to a glossy wet finish, by the time we sprayed a 100 square foot area the Cedarshield had wicked into the wood. A two coat process was all that was needed to apply the proper amount.
Within minutes my crew was attaching the siding to the framework of the structure.
As the crew cut the wood to proper length we observed that the Cedarshield had wicked all the way through the siding but was dry to the touch. The timber was getting lighter each hour.
Dr. Ben suggested we wait at least 72 hours prior to painting the wood. He said the catalytic conversion taking place in the wood created an ethanol gas that in discharge could bubble the paint. We elected to use a Sherwin Williams exterior paint formulated for water cleanup. The paint easily adhered to the treated wood.
We used both brush and roller to apply the paint, making sure we had adequate paint in all the cracks and crevasses. Since the siding had a lap and gap joiner it was not necessary to use chink between the logs. We may come back and chink the logs for aesthetics at a later date. The chink manufacturer advised us that tests they had performed suggested a perfect adhesion and that the Cedarshield would not compromise the chink.
After the calking and when the nail holes were filled with drywall mud we applied the finish coat of paint with the airless paint gun. This provided a uniform finish over the total area of the structure.
I am elated with the final results of my log structure. It is now 12 weeks since we finished the project. Not one crack or split in the wood anywhere. This is unheard of in wood construction. It is truly a onetime, life time treatment. Thanks for the dynamic technology. We are eternally grateful to you Dr. Ben!
Rick Cowert-RAC Electrical-Houston, Texas
Mr. Breland's Bench
Congratulations to Carl T Breland, 9/15/10 photo contest winner! He won a 5 gallon bucket of CedarShield. Our next drawing is May 1st., 2011, send us your project photos, you could be our next winner!
"Since this is a new project there is not much difference in the before and after photos. I wish I had known about this product earlier to arrest the splitting but this gives it character." Carl