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 Post subject: Cedar Stumps
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:38 pm 

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Location: Bunyip
Hi All,

I am a newbee at this.. we are about to embark on our first owner builder project. We are building in Bunyip, Victoria.

The kit home supplier we are currently waiting on plans from are telling us that they will look after the sub floor for us as part of lock up but they will only supply stumps (no slabs) and only in cedar or treated pine - not concrete, which has been our preferred option up until now due to rot.

Can anyone advise on whether Cedar stumps are ok to use or not?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:59 am 
Even though I have no direct experience with various stumps, I wouldn't use cedar, as I have seen a few different people suffering with cedar windows being eaten by cockies, as they seem to love eating cedar. Wouldn't want the stumps of my house being eaten by them :-).
I would go the concrete stumps, even if it costs a bit more, but i tend to err on more durable stuff that ends up costing more....

 Post subject: Re: Cedar Stumps
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:52 pm 

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Cedar stumps sound odd - sure they're not cypress? Cypress is a good material for stumps (if made of heartwood only) because of rot resistance and termite resistance. Also it can be applied using the hardwood building code. Cedar (presumably western red) is very low density and soft but quite strong/stiff. It has excellent dimensional stability which makes it great for winder frames. Cedar is fairly durable too (Class 2 I think in the Aust Standards), but not as durable as treated radiata pine or cypress - or some of the native hardwoods like jarrah etc. I doubt cockies will eat your stumps, though they can easily get into cedar windows because the wood is very soft - termites and fungi (brown/white rot) are the things to worry about at ground level depending on whether they're active at Bunyip. I would have thought cedar stumps would be $$. Concrete would be better - agree with Chris.

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