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    What would you suggest to store a wood floor (panels that are 48"x7") to protect it from water and insects? We are thinking possibly of barrels? This is in Santo Domingo. What are standard sizes of barrels and where would we find them in SD? Thanks!

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    Perhaps double wrap them in thick plastic sheets with every joint sealed with duct tape. Assuming you are storing inside.

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    Don't know about 4 ft barrels... Sealed plastic sheets could work, how long are you storing them?..

    You for sure want to keep them away from any walls and raised off the ground (cinder blocks) and you will want to spray the flooring before storing and spray the storage space inside & out, the space should have some air flow & be easily accessible as you will want to check the space every two weeks (?). Termites work fast and will cross cement floors or climb cement walls to get at your wood. Nasty little bastards to say the least!

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    good advise.... remember humidity... if the wood warps its unusable........

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    Stack them in wood vises or some sort of vertical compression to keep them from warping, and them wrap in visqueen sheets, sealed with duct tape.

    After that it wouldn't matter what you put them in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CG View Post
    Don't know about 4 ft barrels... Sealed plastic sheets could work, how long are you storing them?..

    You for sure want to keep them away from any walls and raised off the ground (cinder blocks) and you will want to spray the flooring before storing and spray the storage space inside & out, the space should have some air flow & be easily accessible as you will want to check the space every two weeks (?).
    Thanks for the tips folks. Will be storing for at least several months if not longer. What type of spray do you have in mind?

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    Not knowing where you plan to store your flooring, if it is solid wood or laminate, and whether it is prefinished makes it difficult to answer your question. However, wrapping it in plastic if unfinished and solid wood is guaranteed to encourage mould and warpage. Raw wood needs to be stored with as much air flow as possible around it. More detail would help give a better answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobrouser View Post
    Not knowing where you plan to store your flooring, if it is solid wood or laminate, and whether it is prefinished makes it difficult to answer your question. However, wrapping it in plastic if unfinished and solid wood is guaranteed to encourage mould and warpage. Raw wood needs to be stored with as much air flow as possible around it. More detail would help give a better answer.
    This is finished wood. Likely laminated. Can it be wrapped in plastic? Will be stored for the time being inside an apartment (3rd floor).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkDR View Post
    This is finished wood. Likely laminated. Can it be wrapped in plastic? Will be stored for the time being inside an apartment (3rd floor).
    Since you're storing inside, first priority would be a dehumidifier. Any amount of wrapping/sealing will not keep out humidity. And with a prefinished floor there is no fixing warps later.



    If you're buying new, it's prob already strapped with nylon bands, definately leave them on.

    But if you don't need them now or don't have them n ow, I would purchase later. What might be a great deal now could not be so great later if you just have to toss everything in the trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrob View Post
    Since you're storing inside, first priority would be a dehumidifier. Any amount of wrapping/sealing will not keep out humidity. And with a prefinished floor there is no fixing warps later.



    If you're buying new, it's prob already strapped with nylon bands, definately leave them on...
    The floor was purchased in Oct 2016, was used and is in excellent condition (no nylon bands).

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