Repair Systems Group - specialists in Woodworm Treatment Products
- 'Borax' was a
Company Name (now called 'Rio Tinto Borax') and does not, on its own,
describe a particular product. Some Suppliers are offering cheap, so
called 'Borax' for Woodworm Treatment - this is not the correct chemical
and is not licensed for Woodworm Treatment. If you are offered a Chemical
with a name ending in 'decahydrate' (rather than 'tetrahydrate) you
are being sold an old component of Borax Soaps, not an insecticide.
(The full Chemical Name for the correct product is Disodium Octaborate
Tetrahydrate - sometimes known as D.O.T., Polybor or Timbor)
Compounds of Boron, known
as Borates, have been mined since the 1800s and have been used to control
insect pests for over 100 years.
Boron was discovered in the
USA in the late 1800's and first mined by Francis M 'Borax' Smith in
1872 as the crystalline material 'tincal', which contains about 50%
Purified and sold throughout
the world in vast quantities as Tim-bor Professional, it poses a low
risk to the environment, especially when compared with other current
pesticides, particularly because of its lower toxicity to fish. Now
backed by more than 100 years of research and development, it is manufactured
in the USA by Rio Tinto Borax, based in Valencia, California.
By the 1940s Borate formulations
were being used to protect wood. Because they are water soluble, Borates
diffuse into wood using the wood's own moisture (even 'air dry' timber
has a moisture content of 12-15%) and they protect against woodworm,
Death Watch beetle, House Longhorn beetle, Termites, Carpenter ants
and fungi, including Dry rot.
For well over 60 years Borates
have been in successful use in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the
USA. Borates are used in dusting, foaming, spraying, brushing and pressure
treatment applications. Other major uses include: glass production,
detergent preparations, enamel and ceramic glazes.
History of Property Repair Systems
started the Company in 1997 having spent over 20 years in the Damp Proofing
and Timber Preserving Industry, both as a Contractor and as Sales Development
Manager for a National Chemical Formulator. Woodworm Dry Rot and Dampness
in buildings are his main concerns.
birth to the first production Timber-Resin Splice (its a boy).
to form the business after having been made redundant and after an abortive
attempt to sell 'solid' Resin Repairs to an unreceptive public. The
high cost of epoxy Resin effectively reduces the number of such 'solid'
repairs to a handful each year (not enough to live on as a commission
only Sales Agent) and the appearance of the final job usually dissuades
the majority of Clients and Heritage bodies from using this excellent,
but expensive technique.
in a Welsh pub contemplating this phenomenon David suddenly had a Eureka
moment - why not replace most of the resin with wood - and thus, over
a pint, the 'Timber-Resin Splice ' was born. The new concept - pre-manufacture
a new piece of wood to exactly replace the missing part, fitted with
bars or slots ready for connection and supply the whole thing as a 'kit'.
Now any Contractor can repair any beam or joists in timber to exceed
the original strength, and offer a truly neat, cosmetic finish.
today manufactures all the 'Timber-Resin Splice' kits for the UK, some
several thousand being produced per annum. The product holds a current
this manufacturing activity David had a special range of Boron-based
preservative produced to his specification, drawing on many years of
successfully marketing Boracols and other Borate-Glycols.
repair splits and shakes in timber, cracks and voids in masonry and
to treat external masonry and timber naturally followed.
Design service was also developed, using fast, Computer-based packages,
which gives the Clients instant access to Structural Engineering Calculations,
Designs and Method Statements. Estimates are instant - we'll even give
you guidance on the number of man-hours required to install the 'TRS
Kathy installing bars in
supported by his wife, and business Partner, Kathy, together with Angela,
his sales colleague of some 20 years, who brings a wealth of knowledge
and experience to sales, manufacturing and customer service.
beam repair is too large or too small for this team.
Kathy holding part of a multi-part
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A few examples of English
titled papers and summary titles - ask for a full list
Cummins 1939 - Powder post
Drysdale 1994 - Fungi and
Lloyd 1991 - Treatment of
Lloyd 1997 - International
status of borate
Spiller 1948 - Toxicity to
Taylor 1967 - Toxicity to
CFB & Longhorn
Suomi & Akre 1992 - Control
Graf 1998 - Treatment of
Berry 1991/2 - BRE Tests
C51 - Serpula
BBA Certificate - Wykamol
European Directive 98/8/EC
- Technical Committee of the Netherlands.