Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1983962 - 11/08/12 12:30 AM Prevent termite infestation
electone2007 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/13/08
Posts: 254
Loc: Philippines
I posted this same topic on the Piano Forum but I felt I should also get advice from piano technicians. This is what I posted:

I live in an area where termite infestation is a common occurrence. Some years ago, I had an upright which had its back against the wall. One day, I moved it away from the wall. On visual inspection, the piano's soundboard, ribs, and frame seemed all right. But then I poked the soundboard with my forefinger and to may dismay found out that there was only a thin outer layer. It was hollow underneath -- the work of termites.

I don't have that upright anymore and have since just very recently upgraded to a grand. I am afraid termites will leave their signature on my new grand.

Does anyone here have the same problem? Any advice on what to do to prevent termites attacking the piano?

Top
(ad PTG 568) Win a Year Journal Subscription
PTG 57th Annual Convention - Atlanta
#1986694 - 11/14/12 04:03 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: electone2007]
Goof Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 347
Loc: UK
Stand the three castered legs in metal saucers into which you have placed 1cm of parraffin.

Top
#1987844 - 11/17/12 02:37 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: Goof]
Roy123 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 1708
Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: Goof
Stand the three castered legs in metal saucers into which you have placed 1cm of parraffin.


The poster, who indicates that he is from the UK, is probably recommending what we in the US call kerosene. kerosene = paraffin oil.

Top
#1987867 - 11/17/12 03:53 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: electone2007]
Emmery Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/02/08
Posts: 2356
Loc: Niagara Region, On. Canada
Best to take a proactive approach and put liquid termiticide around the home. They have really good toxin laden bait traps now also you can put near your foundation. Termites carry the toxin back to the colony and it kills them. Remove any dead wood or stumps near the property that attracts them from elsewhere. Most termites are subterranean and need moisture around them to survive. Try keeping the humidity down and seal any openings/cracks in the foundation. Having the piano on a main or upper floor would help. A raw peice of sacrificial wood near the piano is a good early indicator of how effective this proactive approach is working. I can't comment on the kerosene castor cups but I would think there would be an associated odor around the piano from that.


Edited by Emmery (11/17/12 03:53 PM)
_________________________
Piano Technician
George Brown College /85
Niagara Region

Top
#1987877 - 11/17/12 04:14 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: Emmery]
malkin Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 2428
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Originally Posted By: Emmery
I can't comment on the kerosene castor cups but I would think there would be an associated odor around the piano from that.


And possibly a fire hazard?
_________________________
A good student is one who makes the teacher feel like a good teacher.

Top
#1988077 - 11/18/12 09:15 AM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: malkin]
Roy123 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 1708
Loc: Massachusetts
I would think any liquid barrier (a moat) would be effective.

Top
#1988238 - 11/18/12 05:09 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: electone2007]
electone2007 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/13/08
Posts: 254
Loc: Philippines
Thanks, everyone for your ideas and comments!

Top
#1988244 - 11/18/12 05:30 PM Re: Prevent termite infestation [Re: electone2007]
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 21303
Loc: Oakland
Just remember that you may have different termites in the Philippines than what people are used to in other parts of the world.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Our latest Issue is available now...
Piano News - Interesting & Fun Piano Related Newsletter! (free)
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
100 registered (accordeur, Atrys, Anticlock, ascc, Austin D, 25 invisible), 1317 Guests and 11 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75602 Members
42 Forums
156326 Topics
2295878 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
piano technician cost list
by ascc
Today at 01:36 AM
Liszt on Steinway A3
by Reno
Today at 01:35 AM
Roland RD800 initial impressions
by fizikisto
Today at 12:28 AM
Connected Slurs
by TX-Bluebonnet
Today at 12:17 AM
Recital 35 --- Call For Submissions
by AB Forum Recital
Yesterday at 10:17 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission