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    Default Cause of hollowed out beam?

    Ran across this account of a "rotted" beam as a result of a Google search:



    - what could so perfectly hollow out a beam like that without braking through to the surface? Termites?

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    Default Re: Cause of hollowed out beam?

    Could be termites, carpenter ants, dry rot, definitely appears to be fire charring on the end.


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    Default Re: Cause of hollowed out beam?

    where is all the 'meat' from inside that joist. Must be a pile of dust somewhere? or do they eat the stuff. Litter buggers


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Could be termites, carpenter ants, dry rot, definitely appears to be fire charring on the end.



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    Default Re: Cause of hollowed out beam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen G View Post
    where is all the 'meat' from inside that joist. Must be a pile of dust somewhere? or do they eat the stuff. Litter buggers
    Ants leave sawdust piles. Termites eat the wood and leave little turd pellets. They can detect somehow (light?) when they get close to the surface, and stop before breaking thru. Termites hate bright light.

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    Default Re: Cause of hollowed out beam?

    ... and if the wood is in a dark basement/crawlspace?


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    Default Re: Cause of hollowed out beam?

    I have seen red oak bugs in my wood pile, and they hopefully live in there not in my pine built home. How far north do they go...



    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    ... and if the wood is in a dark basement/crawlspace?



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