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Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 12:47

The wood was tanalised, is that pressure treated? I did give the gates a light sand to smooth them over.

Tree stump , Before & After

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:13

I love trees! they are my favourite and this looks like it would of been a big old beauty.

I'm glad can still bring some joy, looks good.

Ants in compost

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:09

I think they help the compost process too, as Ceres says they will run away as you break the compost up. I had a large nest in my compost last year as I was turning it over, when I went back a few weeks later it was gone.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:59

I guess its a waiting game now  I have clamped everything tight covered it all with tarpaulin. Hopefully the clamps will reduce the warping as the gates dry.

I'm going to take the advice from you all when they are dried out and rebuild better a stronger!


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:48

The pot is quite tall, are the roots shallow and wide, should I change the pot to a shorter wider pot?


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:30

I'm treating them with something recommended in another post so hopefully that will help!

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:26

Its all going wrong 

We had really heavy rain over night and when I woke up this morning the right gate in the picture had all the middle beams bowed out through expansion. It was so tight I could force them back in with vice clamps. In then end I decided to remove one beam to allow room to clamp the others back into place.

I have also gone out and purchased some tarpaulin to cover the gate from further rain until I can treat them. One saving grace is the frames where so tight when the gate was closed they couldn't expand and break the mortise and tenden joints, obviously this caused the gate to bow forward pushing the beams out.

My big concern now is how it will dry, I have clamped large beams across both gates top and bottom to prevent the frame warping.

The middle beams are just glued into the frame with a back brace also glue holding them in place, this has failed as the beams bowed forward. I don't know if its worth tacking them into the frame once the gate has dried?

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:55

Thanks for the advise


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 23:40

They are two rose trees in pots, matching pair so I would like to save it if possible

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 22:13

Thanks, I was thinking a varnish to bring out the grain. I'm hoping when they dry out I can treat them without having to rebuild it all!

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