Q. I keep hearing about "Powder Post Beetle". What is it exactly?
A. Powder Post Beetle (PPB) has increased dramatically in the past few years. It is typically found in beams and flooring which is close to the beams. The PPB also likes moisture, however not too much. The best way to determine if your barn has PPB is to look on the sleepers and tie beams. It will have the appearance of being used as a backboard for a dart board. Hundreds of tiny holes together about the size of a dart tip. More dramatic indicators will be separation of said timbers with an enormous amount of super fine sawdust that is the texture of baking flour. Once your barn has this it is infected. The only way to kill the PPB is to kiln dry it or spray balm. Spray companies (and we have only heard of one) charge tens of thousands of dollars, and we weren't convinced that even worked.
More importantly, when you are purchasing barn materials from anyone that stores thier products outside, under tarps etc., ask that it be kiln dried if there is any indication of PPB. once the infected material is in your house as a table, flooring, mantel or feature wall, the PPB can get into every wood product within your house, including flooring, studs etc.
Q. Does painted wood contain lead?
A. We have started receiving several requests of late for our services on old barns that have been painted. Often times we are unable to accept the barns due to the risk of lead paint or undesirable colours (green, white). The only true way to know if the barn wood contains lead paint is to have it tested. Other indicators to assist in the determination is to know the era in which it was painted. For example, if the barn was painted prior to 1978, there is a high probability that it contains lead paint, however, some painting may have been done after that time with old stored paint. Another helpful tip is whether the paint has absorbed fully into the wood. Typically lead paint will not absorb into wood like stains or sprays. Bored Barn DOES NOT salvage or sell wood containing lead based paints.
Q. How much do you pay for barns?
A. This is the most common question, and up until about a year ago we had never paid for a barn. We had always offered our services in exchange for the material. This unfortunately changed about a year ago due to the influx of "fly by nighters" and "newcomers". The website Kijiji is responsible for this as property owners and the unemployed saw people advertising a piece of barn board on the internet for astronomical prices. The unemployed saw opportunity, and the owners felt cheated. The unemployed started knocking on doors and offering money for the barns, however at the end of the day they only took what they wanted and left a huge mess. We at Bored Barn noticed that we weren't getting the calls anymore and soon realized that we needed to change our practice just to get our foot in the door. So.....we started buying barns. In doing so we realized that our slim profits had become even slimmer. Now about 16 months later the market has changed. The newcomers and fly by nighters have slowly disappeared, and we predict that by this time next year nobody will be buying barns any longer.
If you have any questions, please send us an email. We would be happy to help