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Old 22-06-2011, 21:55   #1
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Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

hello there,
have a problem to find Boric acid powder in Australia for threating dry rot in boat timber...any suggestions?
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Old 22-06-2011, 23:05   #2
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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

You can try Aussie Soap Supplies in Perth:
Perth, Wa
Australia
tel: +61 08 9339 1885

Deltrex Chemicals
144 Gilba Road
Girraween, Nsw 2145
Australia
tel: +61 61 2 9636 0700

Deltrex Chemicals Product List


Boric Acid might also be found in pharmacies.
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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

Thanks for that, Astrid.
Pharmacies don't have it here as a general over the counter item. I tried all over the place about a year ago because I wanted to mix up some anti cockroach concoction.
I'll give the Deltrex mob a try.

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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

I bought some in Bermuda at a building supply company, powder called Roach Pruf.
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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

Hi Jetty
While not sailing I'm a farming guy. I think you are looking for Boracic Acid, more commonly known as Borax (not the unfunny movie guy - the chemical!) it's also used for roach control. I buy Borax from Agricultural supplies outlets in 20kg sacks - not expensive. Boatbuilders I have spoke to suggest; nay, strongly suggest "don't treat rot - cut it out", for what that's worth. Cheers. Bill
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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

Same stuff, actually. However, to get Boric or Boracic Acid from borax, it must be reacted with hydrochloric acid.
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I agree with the farmer Bill above; cut it out and put in some good new timber. But if you're wanting to put the rot into a holding pattern for a while, try an antifreee coolant concentrate from the auto store; the ethylene glycol within does the job. You can no longer get boric over the counter in oz, but I've found the glycol does the trick; just slosh it on. Check the lable for concentration info.
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Re: boric acid where to buy in Australia?

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Hi Jetty
While not sailing I'm a farming guy. I think you are looking for Boracic Acid ...
... I buy Borax from Agricultural supplies outlets in 20kg sacks ...
Boric acid [H3BO3, or B(OH)3], is also sometimes called boracic acid, hydrogen borate, or orthoboric acid, or acidum boricum.
http://www.natbat.com/What%20Is%20Boric%20Acid.pdf
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hello there,
have a problem to find Boric acid powder in Australia for threating dry rot in boat timber...any suggestions?
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Have you tried the supermarket (in with laundry soap)? Hardware store? Look for this: Pascoes :: Chemical Manufacturer, Perth Western Australia :: Hovex Borax
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Re: Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

As an aside, mixed with a sugar/water syrup, agressively wipes out Argentine ants at the nests.
Have the containers of the mix all around my house.
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Re: Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

It's used extensively in the jewelry manufacturing industry. Check with your local jewelry supply firm, or order online:

Boric Acid

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Re: Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

When we were in Brisbane I bought a large pack very cheaply at a supermarket in the laundry detergent aisle. Good luck.
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Boric acid is less hygroscopic than (the related salt) Borax, so it flows and can be blown into crevices more easily from a squeeze bottle. The acid has an abrasive consistency that some claim scrapes the protective oily coating from the roaches chitinous shell. Once this protective layer is scratched, the poison can more readily penetrate the insect's body.
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Re: Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

thank you all....I have ordered a small amount from the USA, I will be fine!
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Re: Boric Acid - Where to Buy in Australia?

Hi,

I have bought some Boric Acid to get rid of cockroach and other pest from www.boricacidaus.com.au You can try there, they offer free delivery and back then I found them to be the cheapest as well.

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