Friday, February 4, 2011

This is how NOT to build a fence

Fences are a fickle matter and I would like to say that there are many ways to build a fence.  Usually I like to take the positive approach and post how to build a proper, long lasting fence, but the opportunity arose to show you how a fence goes wrong.

So when I was removing this rotten section.....

The whole thing fell over (with safety in mind I was standing well clear when this happened).

The result of which is poor material selection in the posts

You can see here that the fence posts are becoming part of the soil.  The process of decay!

So what I am saying is that fence posts need to be pressure treated lumber.  I agree that pressure treated (copper II sulfide) is not particularly wonderful to work with but you will get 40 years before it begins to decay.  If you are really intent on cedar posts, I recommend casting a post holder in concrete and then mounting the fence post out of the dirt.

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