Quantcast Superficial Preservative Treatments

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Preservatives are classified as
pesticides and are therefore included
within the provisions of PL 92-516,
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act, as amended. As such,
records on the use of wood
preservatives must be maintained.
NOTE: CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS: Contractors hired to for-
mulate and apply preservatives (pesticides) to wood products, includ-
ing poles, shall be licensed in accordance with the laws of the
State/Country within which the work is being done. If EPA restricted
use pesticides are used in the accomplishment of this specification, the
pesticide must be applied by a certified pesticide applicator, or under
the direct supervision of a certified applicator who is present on the in-
stallation at the time of application. The individual's certification must
be valid in the state in which the application is to be made and in the
category of work to be performed. The successful bidder shall be re-
quired to provide to the Contracting Officer proof of these qualifica-
tions. The contractor's supervisor(s) shall be Pole Treating
Specialist(s), with a minimum of two years field experience in the art of
pole inspection. The Contractor shall furnish proof, as demonstrated
by at least three references, of qualifications and ability to perform the
work specified.
4.1 Superficial Preservative Treatments. Preservative
applications by brush, spray or pinstream (oil squirt can) do not
penetrate deeply into the wood. These treatments are therefore not in-
tended to protect the wood from sustained exposure to degrading or-
ganisms but more so as an adjunct to a good initial pressure preservative
Brush treatments should be flooded onto the surface and not brushed
out thin, like paint. Checks and other openings should be saturated to
the point of refusal. A pinstream application using a squirt type oil can
applicator can be used effectively in this type of application. Wood
should be well dried before treatment or it will not accept preservatives
applied in this manner. If spraying, a course spray should be used to min-


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