Plywood input needed

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Unk Bond
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Hello All
Regular plywood and Treated plywood

Will plywood do the birds harm. Be it a house or nest tray.Using Regular or Treated plywood. Thanks [ Later
Spiderman
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You could use either kind of plywood. I usually add a coat of white paint to make it last longer especially if it is treated lumber because of the chemicals.
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Conrad Baker
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Used to be treated wood meant "arsenic" was used to cure the wood. Bad for the birds. Now a salt solution is used to treat and preserve the wood. I think I would just use an exterior grade of plywood.
Unk Bond
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Spiderman wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:16 pm
You could use either kind of plywood. I usually add a coat of white paint to make it last longer especially if it is treated lumber because of the chemicals.

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Hello Spiderman
Thanks for your post and input.[ Later
Unk Bond
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Conrad Baker wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:28 pm
Used to be treated wood meant "arsenic" was used to cure the wood. Bad for the birds. Now a salt solution is used to treat and preserve the wood. I think I would just use an exterior grade of plywood.
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Hello Conrad
Will do. Just treated with salt. I didn't know. Thanks [ Later
flyin-lowe
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I have a bee hive that was built with plywood and even with paint it tends to delaminate and fall apart quicker then regular lumber. For nest trays it would be OK but if I was going to take the time to build a house which will be exposed to the elements I would use regular lumber. My first T14 is close to 15 years old and with good paint it has held up great. I don't imagine plywood exposed to the elements would last near that long.
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Unk Bond
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flyin-lowe wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:10 pm
I have a bee hive that was built with plywood and even with paint it tends to delaminate and fall apart quicker then regular lumber. For nest trays it would be OK but if I was going to take the time to build a house which will be exposed to the elements I would use regular lumber. My first T14 is close to 15 years old and with good paint it has held up great. I don't imagine plywood exposed to the elements would last near that long.
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Hello flyin-lowe and a good point.

When you said you had a bee hive. I got a flash back many moons ago. When I had 4 hives. The bees got mad and stung my begal pups to death . I told the bee inspector . I was going to burn my hives kill ever last bee.
He said the hives are yours .Burn them if you like. But you can't kill the bees. They don't belong to you .

The state owns them. :roll: [ Later
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