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    Buying Tim-Bor in Bangkok?

    Hi there,

    I have a question to those living in Bangkok. We are building a house in Phnom Penh Cambodia. I would like to treat the wooden parts of it with a preservative called Tim-Bor, which contains boric acid. It's the standard preventive treatment against termites in the USA and Australia: cheap, effective, not toxic to humans. Unfortunately, I seems like nobody in this country has ever heard of it - I spent a lot of petrol looking for it. Google tells me that there are people using it in Thailand. Does anybody know a distributor in Bangkok who has Tim-Bor or boric acid in stock?

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    Tim-bor distributor in Thailand
    22/2 Moo2, Soi Jadsarntaharnrua
    Chalermprakiet Rama 9 Rd
    Dokmai, Praves, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    66 2-726-7300 / 7350, contact: Numchai L
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    http://www.bamboocentral.org/PDF_files/page21-22.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Tim-bor distributor in Thailand
    22/2 Moo2, Soi Jadsarntaharnrua
    Chalermprakiet Rama 9 Rd
    Dokmai, Praves, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    66 2-726-7300 / 7350, contact: Numchai L
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    http://www.bamboocentral.org/PDF_files/page21-22.pdf
    Impressive, you can't get a much better answer than that one.

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    That one is right out of the top drawer. A fountain of information available here on Teakdoor well done Hillbilly!!!!!

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    Yeah, not bad...

    ... though it took three and half hours, we're gonna have to work on the timing.

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    ^ oops... 14 minutes - bloody good effort; hard to improve on that.

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    Great, thanx! Will try that ...

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    I suppose HillBill just googled it and found the answer?

    why can't others do the same? is it just easier to ask a question and let others do the work?


    what research did you do, herman, before asking?

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    DrAndy,

    To tell you the truth: I did use Google, and I found the same address.
    But the document is five years old, nobody picks up the phone, no website or e-mail address. It's in a soi in a suburb of Bangkok. Since I do not speak Thai it will be a horror to find that place. And I can't fly to Thailand and spend a day in an industrial area to search for that place only to find out that it's closed or that they are not selling it any more or that they are only selling containers full of it. So I published the post hoping somebody would reply: "Just go to Home Pro, they have it".

    But I'm really grateful for hillbill's effort and I didn't want to appear like a grumpy Obersturmbannfuehrer. That's why I said "Thank You, hillbill".

    Do you honestly think that writing a post is less work than simply using Google?

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    obviously, yes, judging by the problems you are haing!

    have you considered any other product? like Protim, or

    Dattashri Enterprises - Wood Preservative, Anti termite chemicals, Wood Polish Melamyne Two Pack

    it may be worth your while just to bring a bottle or two with you

    I brought some Termidor with me to treat the ground around the house. It seems to have killed off any termites likely to attack the house. It is sold in highly concentrated form so you only need a litre or two

    any delicate/susceptible wood I spray with Protim prior to installation
    I have reported your post

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    The address and numbers posted by Hillbilly should be correct.

    I've bought Timbor from there several times and doubt they have moved. Price is probably around B2,500 for 25kg.

    Keep trying to phone them, they are a warehouse, not a retail outlet. The can fax you a map, you will need to check the product is in stock before heading down.

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    Smith,

    great, that's all I need to know! I will keep calling them. Thanks to everybody! (... Now I wonder how much time and money I will spend in a backroom of the Cambodian border post at Poipet trying to explain what these 75kgs of white powder are good for ...)

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    Tell 'em you were given it by DrAndy.

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    yes, tell them anything

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    Just as a quick update I called the Tim-bor distribution company in BKK for a quote and its currently 2375Bt /25kgm or 95Bt /kg. For delivery upto Chiang Mai add an extra 60Bt/25kg. Hope this Might be of use to someone.

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    Timbor is a brand name. Chemical name di-sodium octoborate tetra hydrate or DOT as commonly known. There are few DOT manufacturers and I happened to be the agent of Actibor. Similar specs to Timbor i.e. elemental boron @ 20.5%. We sell quite extensively in Thailand for rubber wood treatment. Packing is 10 kg and retail at 65B/kg.

    Important that you follow the American standard for DOT when treating your timber. DOT is leach able and only can be used for above ground and internal.

    Chokdii mak Krap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman
    I would like to treat the wooden parts of it with a preservative called Tim-Bor
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Loh
    Important that you follow the American standard for DOT when treating your timber. DOT is leach able and only can be used for above ground and internal.
    so no good for the external wood

    I still reckon Protim would be a better bet

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    I suppose HillBill just googled it and found the answer?

    why can't others do the same? is it just easier to ask a question and let others do the work?


    what research did you do, herman, before asking?
    With respect Dr, if every one googled we would loose many interesting topics, there would be no need to ask on a forum.
    Dont go by Hill Billy's name, he aint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Herman
    I would like to treat the wooden parts of it with a preservative called Tim-Bor
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Loh
    Important that you follow the American standard for DOT when treating your timber. DOT is leach able and only can be used for above ground and internal.
    so no good for the external wood

    I still reckon Protim would be a better bet
    DOT treated wood even pressure treated are not recommended in all wood standards above Hazard Class 3. Above 3, applications are for in-ground and external subjected to consistent wetting. You will need a fixed and permanent preservative.

    As for Protim, you could be taking about a brush-on treatment which need to re-do after time as it can't penetrate deep enough to be permanent.

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