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Wood Fence post
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mike    Posted 08-15-2002 at 22:14:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What is the best paint or thing to put on wood fence post THANKS


Swamp Yankee    Posted 08-16-2002 at 16:29:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leave the hole down about 4" from the surface and fill it up with hydrated lime sposed to get some more years outa em.


Spence    Posted 08-16-2002 at 08:52:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
For painting, I'd use a stain type they'd last longer, or you can make your own white wash with lime. They sell linseed based barn paint real cheap too, about 12$ gallon.

For in the ground you can't paint. You can treat them with 1 gal creosote, (or that copper oxide replacement) to 8 gals of old crankcase oil.
Let them soak in overnite before burying.


DeadCarp    Posted 08-16-2002 at 08:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once you get the posts cut & ready to stack, build a hot bonfire and char the bottom to above wher it goes in the ground. The resulting creosote from the green post will protect it for years. (Moisture and oxygen at ground level cause the things to rot.) The tops will generally last 7 years treated (sealed from oxygen somehow) but about 2-3 as/is.


mike    Posted 08-16-2002 at 08:48:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They are power polls some are the old creesot polls and some are the newer polls I don't know what they treet them with now days put i wanted them to all mach so i figared I would have to make them all black


ger    Posted 08-16-2002 at 09:03:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
the green treated poles or post are treated with aresinic up here now they are thinking of banning them , first is was the creesote they banned an allowed something worse ,they say if you have it on deck boards an kids crawl on it they can get it into their system so you gotta paint to protect ,nice when the government gets involved , then you need protection FROM THEM.later ger


Mike D.    Posted 08-16-2002 at 06:50:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Mike,
Don't know what kind of posts you got. We have red cedars, mostly because we cut them right off the farm. After about a year or so we coat them good with used motor oil mixed with kerosene. Keeps the weeds from growing up much around the posts. Keeps the wood from checking so bad. Usually set the posts on top of a rock that we throw into the bottom of the hole.
The problem with coating our posts is that once you start you need to do it about once a year or they look rough... got an image to keep up... HA good luck to you..


F14...Not enough information...    Posted 08-16-2002 at 03:32:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
What KIND of wood fence post? Where are you, what kind of weather and ground conditions. What are your goals?

The REALLY good stuff is mostly illegal these days. Creosote will last longer than about anything. Most of the paint-on preservatives ain't worth a hoot, just covers the surface.

Here in New England, white cedar posts are used untreated and will last for 20+ years. Elsewhere, Osage Orange, locust and tamarack are used untreated.

Nothing you can do to a Pine or Spruce post will make it last more than a couple of years, unless you live in semi-desert conditions.



Grove r    Posted 08-16-2002 at 09:06:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use pine posts presure treated with arsnic salts, they last twenty plus years in all sorts of ground and weather conditions........used to be able to use posts, pine , treated with pentachlorophenol, now ilegal, problably arsnic salts are too, why not? everything else is! have a gooder, R.E.L.


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