Building Product Brochures & Datasheets

Treated Timber Poles

Disposal of Treated Wood

Our guidance note on the disposal of treated wood, provided by the South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA), offers comprehensive information on handling and disposing of treated wood waste responsibly. Treated wood, protected from wood-boring insects and decay, is predominantly treated with coal tar creosote or waterborne copper-based preservatives like CCA.

Guidance Note Winter poles – Simply a case of appearance

Winter pole is not only found on creosote-treated poles, which normally have a dark brown/black appearance instead of a lighter appearance as can be seen in the above picture. It is also found on poles treated with waterborne preservatives e.g., CCA, borates, etc, but it is not as obvious since waterborne preservatives are usually not associated with a very dark colour.

How to plant a pole

How to plant a pole – guidance note The process of proper preservative treatment of timber requires for the preservative to be deeply impregnated into the permeable or treatable sapwood, resulting in a deep envelope of preservative treatment around the central and inner impermeable or untreatable heartwood. It is preferable that timber is purchased in the size and shape in which you intend to use it.

SAWPA | Guidance Note: Wooden Piling or Foundation Poles Used for Permanent Buildings

This Guidance Note provides guidance to specifiers, designers, engineers, timber frame builders, or any other person or company regarding the correct use of treated timber poles for pilings or foundation poles in permanent buildings. This note gives information on the correct Hazard Class treatment needed for such poles as well as a remedial inspection and maintenance treatment program to be implemented by the relevant and applicable parties after installation. This note is in addition to and supports of all the requirements already specified in the relevant and applicable national and compulsory standards as well as the regulations related to the compliance and use of preservative treated timber.

Guidance Note: Treated Wooden Poles

Treated wooden poles (excluding utility poles) can be produced under either SANS 457 or SANS 1288.


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