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    Default Powdery substance on window sill

    Last edited by Clay White; 01-02-2008 at 01:25 PM.
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    Default Re: Powdery substance on window sill

    Dirt.
    Everything that washes down from above collects on the ledge until it dries up and leaves the dirt behind.
    Did you taste it?

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    Default Re: Powdery substance on window sill

    Probably a pest control supply dust for carpenter ants.

    Some would use a boric acid base but it wouldn't be dark like that.

    The more I look at it, it looks like dirt as Jimbo said.

    rick


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    Default Re: Powdery substance on window sill

    It's on the inside, stepped up, part of the sill where the window closes to, so it's basically 'out of the weather'.

    But, is there a rubber/vinyl/foam/weatherstrip along the bottom of the bottom sash which closes there?

    If the 'powder' was 'fine granules', did they roll around like ball bearings? If so, possibly drywood termite frass (but that is an unusual location to find it).

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    Default Re: Powdery substance on window sill

    If these threads were not posted by two different people in two different locations, I'd have guess that this was the inside view of this window.

    http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_i...eep-holes.html

    But it's probably similar, even being two different houses.

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