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post #41 of 46 Old 07-08-2015, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tim and your right, these would have transported troops in WW1 and possibly 2 (but they were mainly out of service then). This was bought and lived in by a guy who fought (and lost an arm ) at The Somme (for anybody reading this who isn't familiar - look it up. Britain lost hundreds of thousands of men there)

Here is the worst of the rot on the front side: how would you tackle it?
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post #42 of 46 Old 07-08-2015, 08:20 AM
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I always look at replacement first then repair (partial) then in some unfortunate cases (extreme cost does weigh in/budget) a filler. From the pics it's hard to tell but it appears it is a door/doorway that's been made solid, IF that's the case remove and replace the bad part and reinstall. IF it's very unrealistic to take apart then you may have to pick strategic points and remove a section and replace with a similar wood.

Here's a link from houzz about a streetcar build, the colors arent my style BUT the interior layout may give you some ideas to work with, This is a video and not alot of the old car exterior is left showing but the interior is nice.

Maybe this helps. Enjoy your project.

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Thanks Tim for your pointer to the streetcar- looks amazing!

I had the building inspectors around in Friday (we have to have these guys inspecting the build as it progresses for planning sake)

They suggested lifting the floorboards and then treating...he wasn't specific as to what but I suspect that to treat odd bits of worm (which I was gonna do any way) and I general preservative treatment.

Can anybody advise a long lasting treatment to under seal the boards? They will get a fair bit of wet and wind hitting them in years to come They will probably be laid for another 100 years, so I need tough stuff!!! Anything tar based does anybody think?
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post #44 of 46 Old 07-11-2015, 05:27 PM
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do not use a tar....

A tar based or asphalt will stink forever. Seems to me a deck finish would be best if exposed to weather. I would not use a finish that forms a "film" like a poly, it can get separated, start to peel off and will require stripping to get it back to good again. I would use a penetrating oil that you can refresh when ever it's time... Penofin comes to mind. I haven't used it as all my decks are raw just weathered wood, but they are pressure treated lumber.

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If you are trying to please building inspectors you better ask them what they mean then. Personally I can't believe you are having to have it inspected.
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Hey guys,

Thanks for your replys.

I've got building inspectors in because we are getting planning permission for this to be an official annex to the house.

We are looking at stabilising the underneath of the structure and they want to see how the present arrangement is....boards will have to lifted in order to do this and as I'm doing it I want to treat them. Bear in mind these will be facing outside on to rafters and once they are done, they will not be re lifted!!! So want a long lasting treatment

Smell will not be a consideration as we will be re covering the top of the boards.

Hope this clears things up.
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