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  • TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

    As Bill will surely attest, the wet New Orleans climate is probably a very tough test for exterior wood.
    Apparently TimberSIL is not holding up:
    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/gree...-go-bad_o.aspx

    Anyone have any experience with this material?

    How about thermally treated lumber...is that working out in real life?
    Doug

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    Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

    I saw that and wonder what is next for the wood to be used there.

    The thermally treated wood is just making it's way into St Louis. I have seen several samples of it at the yards but have never asked who is using it yet.

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    • #3
      Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

      They are using YellaWood now.

      And I am pretty sure this is the tip of the iceberg on the Make it Right project.

      And while the product in question may be part of the problem it runs much deeper.
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      • #4
        Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

        Bill,
        care to expand a little more on the iceberg...

        I seem to recall you mentioning the MIR project as part of what got you interested in staying and teaching in NOLA.

        I recall when it was happening and thinking it is pretty neat that he is committed to helping and at the same time thinking they have some pretty far out ideas and I hope they work. Has it been 10 years already? I am thinking more like 8 but at the moment I cannot recall when Katrina happened.

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        • #5
          Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

          the first 6 mir homes were built in 08.

          at that time i offered my help in setting best praactices.

          they did not accept, and in fact after some discussion they decided to announce I was tresspassing and breaking into houses at nite.

          while their designs are iterestig at best the basics were unknown and un practiced by the construction managers and contractors.

          I could care less about brad pitt and the dandy construction managers at mir, it is the unsuspecting homeowners who are getting the shaft.

          I have plenty of pictures of the first 6 going up.
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          • #6
            Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

            Originally posted by Bill Robinson View Post
            the first 6 mir homes were built in 08.

            at that time i offered my help in setting best praactices.

            they did not accept, and in fact after some discussion they decided to announce I was tresspassing and breaking into houses at nite.

            while their designs are iterestig at best the basics were unknown and un practiced by the construction managers and contractors.

            I could care less about brad pitt and the dandy construction managers at mir, it is the unsuspecting homeowners who are getting the shaft.

            I have plenty of pictures of the first 6 going up.
            Hoo boy, this could get interesting.

            I bet Rupert would pay a decent amount for those pics.
            “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair

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            • #7
              Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

              Pics are for demonstration purposes only.
              I am not out to get them but only to point out they don't know what they are doing when it comes to building.
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              • #8
                Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                I haven't been able to find much info on what the timbersil problems are - you know anything MBR?

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                • #9
                  Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                  Have not looked into it Dan.

                  Not familiar with the product and MIR is not saying.

                  Just realized MIR and MBR are eerily similar.

                  Hope that is not a harbinger of things to come.

                  I will put on my list a query to the local lumberyards to see if that have any experience with the product.
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                  • #10
                    Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                    Dang! I was just about to try this for some raised vegetable beds. Is there any non-toxic alternative that lasts longer than cedar in ground contact? This is practically a buried application.

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                    • #11
                      Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                      Originally posted by charles View Post
                      Dang! I was just about to try this for some raised vegetable beds. Is there any non-toxic alternative that lasts longer than cedar in ground contact? This is practically a buried application.
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                      • #12
                        Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                        I really wouldn't mind bolting together some precast planks if such were available. But I have no intention of working with mortar.

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                        • #13
                          Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                          Originally posted by charles View Post
                          I really wouldn't mind bolting together some precast planks if such were available. But I have no intention of working with mortar.
                          You'll never get your third eye with that attitude! That said, you could do it with cast concrete plain, un-mortared stone or brick. All hold up better to the elements and are non-toxic.
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                          • #14
                            Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                            Find you some old telephone poles or railroad ties to build it out of if you want a 3rd eye.

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                            • #15
                              Re: TimberSIL failing in New Orleans

                              Black Locust lasts longer than cedar, untreated.
                              Francois


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