Creosote — 16 Comments

  1. It’s been linked to various types of skin cancer, including scrotal cancer. How it makes it’s way down there is a mystery. Sitting on fences perhaps.

  2. “Is there any small corner of life left where we are treated like sensible adults”

    Not when it comes to the EUSSR

  3. I still had some in my shed ,the black stuff and the lighter brown stuff.
    I only use the black stuff for the last 18″ of fence posts the bit underground concreted in.
    As a matter of interest they want to ban two pack paint as well it’s what makes classic and prestige cars last longer and look better .
    It’s far superior to cellulose ,tougher thicker being epoxy based but the EU even want to ban cellulose paint in favour of dreadfull water based paints.
    Yeah, the EUSSR strikes again.

  4. It’s largely been displaced by less obvious wood treatments. Clear oils that do the same job. Thompson’s oil is a good one. but you’re right, very expensive.

  5. Years ago, I bought a massive industrial sized ‘carpet cleaning machine’ and went into business for myself. As with all jobs, it wasn’t long until I wanted the tricks of the trade. A very helpful owner of an industrial cleaning business gave me a big container of clear liquid and swore that “this shit would lift tar off a shed roof”. The shit in question was called “trichlorethyne solvent”. I filled a bottle each day and added a smigeon of it to the water in the machine as it heated. It was the happiest ten months of my life while the stuff lasted. I would be inhailing the boiling steam from it as I put the suction lid on the machine. Trichlor, is in the top five list of carcinogens.

    A little of what’s bad for you, is good for you !!

  6. Akvivitix –  wonder where the European equivalent to Siberia is?  Iceland?  Bradford?

    C777 – [welcome, BTW] What the fuck are they at?  How many million gallons of creosote been used on telegraph poles, railway sleepers and the like?  The stuff is everywhere, but they have suddenly decided that it’s dangerous.  Now paint as well?

    John – We always had a couple of bottles of carbon tetrachloride [a close relative of your one] lying  around.  There was nothing like it for removing oil or tar stains from clothing.  Another one that the fucking Nanny State has banished without a fair trial.

  7. We always had barrels and barrels of fence posts and barn sill boards soaking in creosote on the home ranch.  Getting fences to last on 15,000 acres was an ongoing problem, and the creosote gave us a few more years of fence life.  Now, it’s difficult to find, if at all. 
    Everything is a carcinogin.   I’m off to the porch to have a night cap and cigar in the moonlight.

  8. I bought a can of creosote to paint my shed. I remembered the not unpleasant smell of creosote from my childhood. Well, apart from attracting millions of midges which stuck on the shed and died, it gave me a wheezy chest for a forghtnight! It might be good for preserving the woodwork but it’s horrible stuff. 

  9. Creosote? I used to spray-paint the stuff, once I’d thinned it enough with petrol! We had a farm with lots and lots of wooden bits and pieces which had to be protected from termites as well as the weather (we were in Central Africa). Can’t say as its ever done me much harm.
    As for trike … I was in Hong Kong until 2002 and the Chinese across the border used hundreds of gallons of the stuff to clean printed circuit boards. I used to take boxes full of engine parts to Shen Zen to get them cleaned up very nicely with the stuff which the electronic factories were throwing away. I’d have the outer parts of the engine sand-blasted then trike-cleaned before coating them with a clear, silicone-based, heat resistant ‘varnish’ which I got from the aero-industry. A profitable little side-line it was, especially for bits from the USA for classic cars which were being restored.

  10. The EU have made mincemeat of car paint. Only this week I was doing some tarting up on my old Triumph, and the so-called thinners, the only type I could get, is awful. Discoloured and blooms white even in dry conditions. Most of the good stuff that worked is now unavailable, the paint supplier where I used to get car paint no longer even sells celulose paint.
    Real creosote has been unavailable for years. I use the faux stuff then mix with paraffin and used engine oil. Basically if it isn’t poisonous then it won’t prevent mould growth will it!

  11. Many years ago, I was advised not to play pocket billiards if there were traces of diesel/engine oil on my hands…

  12. I was advised not to play pocket billiards if there were traces of diesel/engine oil on my hands”  Why not?  It’s a lot cheaper than KY Jelly?

  13. EU is a load of crap – ban breathing soon give them half the chance. Down here in 

    South Africa creosote can be bought at hardware stores. Seems us Africans are a tad bit tougher than those EU twats.

    • Heh!  Welcome Mike.  You have no idea how meddling the EU are.  We can't even buy a decent vacuum cleaner here as the EU has banned any over a certain wattage.  They are trying to regulate absolutely everything for our own good or "for the good of the environment".  The sooner the whole monolith crashes the better.

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