I've got piles.
May 29, 2010 9:28 AM   Subscribe

Should I use Minwax Wood Hardener or tar on the pilings of my flood-prone house?

The house is sitting on twenty-five 6"x6" pilings. It floods once or twice a year, and rains many other times a year. The pilings are encased in cement, but the cement is below the mudline.

The pilings are treated (and have been retreated with a spray) but are showing some signs of light rot.

I've used Minwax wood hardener on some other things, and like how it plasticizes the wood fibers. On the other hand, there's tar.

Are there particular advantages to one over the other? Or both?
posted by atchafalaya to Home & Garden (1 answer total)
If this was my house on pilings, I would tar them and then wrap them in aluminum flashing. However, I have never tried this.
posted by Midnight Skulker at 1:30 PM on May 29, 2010

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