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Ralph writes,
06/25/2011:

I have a tree house with an old dead log as its base. Can I use Bora-Care to treat this log?

Also, it has been stained, but I believe that the log will still absorb the Bora-Care, as it has a lot of cracks in the log. Do you think Bora-Care will provide any protection for this type of application? The log is 4 feet deep by 8 feet wide by 7 feet tall. It sits on a raised concrete slab. Also, this is a structure for children. Do you think is is safe to use it on the tree. Also, it is outside and will be exposed to the weather, but does sit under the tree house.

Answer:

You can use Bora-Care for this application and it will protect this log against any future damage.  However, it is meant only for raw wood, and although there are cracks in the log if you sanded off the stain somehow you would get much better coverage and therefore better protection.  Since it is outside, you should seal the log after applying Bora-Care.  This will allow the product to last longer outside.  If an exterior piece of wood is exposed to weather over the years, water can force the Bora-Care out if it is not properly sealed.

Answer last updated on: 06/25/2011

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