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Re: A Good Treament for Fence Posts and Poles?

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Posted by Les...fortunate on January 10, 2003 at 16:37:31 from (

In Reply to: A Good Treament for Fence Posts and Poles? posted by Lynch in E.TX on January 10, 2003 at 15:52:01:

30 or 40 years??? You'd have to be dreaming to think you could get even half that around here. And we don't have termites.
We used red oak for fenceposts more than anything else. Plenty of it around and it was easy to split and lasted longer than 'most everything else that grows around here. Sometimes a hemlock post would be used as a large corner post. Both hemlock and oak have tannin in them which helps to preserve.
Cedar posts all sharpened are available around here for anywhere from $1 to $2 apiece. They will last longer than anything else without being treated. There isn't much cedar around here but Vermont and Maine are full of it.
Prolly not much help to you but just had to chime in. Actually what we did whenever possible was to attach the fence to live trees.

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