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    Default Untreated pine for garage partition?

    Hey guys

    First time poster here,

    A guy built a frame for me in the garage for a partition wall. He used structural pine (untreated)
    Today a plasterer said he should have used treated pine because untreated is very dangerous, especially in garage because there would be morning mist/condensation.
    What you think? Would it be fine or should I knock it down and use treated?

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    Minimum to use would be T2 (Internal Treated), I don't understand why some build from untreated, the price difference is so minimal.
    It should be ok, but it will be susceptible to termite attack
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    I think OP is more concerned about moisture.
    Did the plasterer explain their concern to you, to say it is dangerous?

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    Isn't it going a bit far for the plasterer to call it "dangerous" though?

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    Sorry guys, should have clarified it was a termite attack concern
    And it's in Campbelltown, don't know how/where to check area termite risks

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    Yes, should have used a termite resistant T2 or H3 (better). You need to determine how resistant to termite attack the rest of the garage is before pulling things apart.
    Termites attack plasterboard as well so villaboard would be better.

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    I also cant understand that people still use the untreated timber for frames, only a few cents more for the T2.
    It should be ok though, as other have said...the main thing to consider is that the new partition wall hasn't compromised the existing termite barrier,
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    Thanks guys, will check out the rest of the garage tomorrow when I'm at the property.
    If I do leave it, is there something you recommend I should coat it with before sheeting?

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    Creosote if you can get any, care though as it is a carcinogenic and stinks.

    If the garage has a good slab with an exposed full perimeter edge then that would provide a visual inspection point for termites.

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    Also, if the rest of the garage framing is untreated wood, the partition might be the least of your worries.

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    The garage is attached to the house unfortunately so the full perimeter is not visible.

    Since it's untreated, should I sheet it wuth blueboard instead of gyprock?

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    Was the garage part of the original house construction. Termite measures would be expected when the garage was built. The new partition wall is not the primary concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joynz View Post
    Also, if the rest of the garage framing is untreated wood, the partition might be the least of your worries.
    Exactly, there are millions of houses out there with untreated timbers in them, and their still standing.
    I would not get too worried about it, termite protection is part of a whole system, firstly regular inspections need to be done for the whole property.
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    Thank you very much guys.
    Okay will probably leave this frame, as you said it's the least of my worries.
    Now another question. Will be building a false wall in the bathroom. What should we use for that?

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