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I'm searching for Australian suppliers of wood fibreboard insulation. This product is widely available overseas.

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Possibly Caneite would suit your requirements. It’s a low density fibreboard sometimes described as ‘softboard’ to distinguish it from denser fibreboards such as MDF and hardboard. You will find suppliers on the net if you search with the brand-name Caneite.

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In light of reducing our company's environmental footprint, we are looking for a wood mdf/particleboard producer that can use our sawdust. 

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We don’t have any definite contacts for you and our impression is that most producers of MDF and particleboard are integrated companies that use their own sawmilling waste. Also, depending where you are located it might not be commercially viable to transport sawdust to a particleboard or MDF plant. However, we suggest you make your own inquiries as we have not looked into this in depth. You might also investigate the viability of sending your waste to producers of fuel pellets, more info here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-08/wa-wood-pellet-plant-recomissioned/8333208.

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Hi, I have a cedar lined wood chest that has been in my attic for decades. I was going to give to my daughter, but on opening, one corner has a large quantity of wood shavings. I didn’t know what was underneath! What could be eating this? Can I kill whatever it is? Literally has been untouched for decades, so don’t know if new or old.

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Well that’s a bit of an open-ended question since we don’t know what kind of cedar it is, or whether the ‘shavings’ are signs of insect attack or just mechanical damage. Insects normally leave behind dust or tiny pellets rather than shavings which sound like larger residue. We suggest the first step is to remove the shavings so you can see what’s going on underneath. We assume there are no active insects in the attic so if the shavings have been caused by insect attack it’s from inside the chest rather than from outside. That is hard to understand if the chest has been sealed for decades. However, if you sweep or vacuum out the shavings you may be able to see if there are signs of recent borer attack underneath. You can then treat the timber by squirting insecticide into the holes from an aerosol, preferably directing it with a plastic tube such as the ones that are used with WD40 and similar lubricants. If you don’t feel comfortable about doing this yourself you could contact a pest control company and have them inspect the chest or alternatively take the chest to them for inspection and treatment if necessary.

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