I'm cleaning out my storage room (ensuite walk-in robe that we never used, so its full of shelves of radios) because the inlaws are moving in for a while... and lifted my Philips 634A Ovaltiney up to take it out to the container and found this:
That rates right up there as one of the more terrifying (terrorflying?) things I have seen in a while. It is now quarantined in a plastic bag, and all the other radios that were in that room are now in managed isolation. Its a royal pain in the butt because now I'm worried about the rest of the house as well... although the ply bottom of the radio, where they all came from, has a full 'border' so I'm not sure how many, if any, escaped. They all seem to have burrowed down, not up. The dust and dead bugs were fairly well contained to the square hollow under the base. But all cabinets from that room will spend 2 weeks each in the freezer when I have time. Until then they are all living in a 20' container away from all other radios.
I guess its a hazard of the trade... anyone else ever get a nice surprise like this?
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Post by Peter Walsham on Mar 18, 2021 20:48:16 GMT 12
Many years ago, I had a really bad infestation of borer in my radio cabinets too. One set I acquired didn't have any in it, but a couple of years later, I found a large pile of borer dust under it too. At that point, I began a major borer treatment program, which resulted in me taking all of my wooden radio cabinets to a place in Ellerslie ('Boracure', who are no longer in business) to fumigate them with methyl bromide (very toxic stuff!). Since they closed down (which would have been (maybe) 15 years ago) I have been treating cabinets with a 'Kiwicare' 'No Borer' concentrate mixed with turps, and this appears to be as equally successful. I owned a house built in the 1950's (with untreated Rimu framing) and the borer absolutely loved that - to the point that I had to reframe large amounts of the house, as the framing basically 'fell apart' (I have many photos of the extreme damage caused by the borer). Borer is nasty and a ferocious eater of yummy wood.