Just before I started building the side wall studs I talked with George from teardropparts.com. He suggested that I treat all wood with an exterior sealer just in case a leak develops sometime over the years. This would keep me from ever having to worry about the substructure rotting from within without any exterior indication. The best time to do this is prior to constructing the studs. So, of course, I waited. Turns out, that was a good thing...
For a while now, I've heard Progressive Radio host Randi Rhodes talk about CedarCide, a selection of products that in its different variations kill ticks, fleas, bed bugs, lice, and even flying, biting insects—all environmentally safely without poisons and pesticides. You can keep your pets (and yourself) free of all these pests without adding poison to their (the pets') blood system, which is how all the stuff the vets and pet stores sell works.
Since I have cats who a year earlier suffered through a flea infestation, this sounded interesting enough to dig a bit deeper. While browsing the CedarCide website, I found a product called CedarShield that replaces the free water in wood with silicon, thus triggering the early stages of wood petrification. From the Cedarcide web site: "Petrified wood is moisture-free wood laced with silicone deposits. The cedar oil component of the formulation is encapsulated in the wood and provides perpetual protection from insect and fungal organism attack."
Pretty cool, huh???
At $200 for a five-gallon pail (with free shipping), it's a bit pricey—though still a whole lot less than repairing or trashing a teardrop that's rotting from the inside out with no way to tell until it falls apart. I bought one.
As soon as it arrived I sprayed and protected every inch of the installed wall studs and sub-floor, as well as the materials I will use for the ceiling and rear hatch substructure. I then ordered another five gallons for the interior and exterior wall skins, cabinets, and so on—anywhere that might come into contact with water. If there is any left over, I'll use it to start the protection of my house's second-floor deck.
Shortly after I wrote the above I called CedarCide and left a voicemail telling them of my excitement upon finding their product and using it on the teardrop. I also left the URL of this website in case they wanted more information.
A week or so later, I got a call from CedarCide's Director of International Marketing who started off by complimenting me on this site; my initiative; my use of their product in a way that'd never occurred to them;
and then thanked me for using his product—in that order.
He also requested permission to link to this site from his as well as to use my story and some of my photos on the CedarCide site. Then he asked if it would be okay if he sent me a free 5-gallon bucket of CedarShield.
After assuring him that it was unnecessary, he insisted. So of course I said, "Yes, please." It arrived two weeks later.