What Is The Best Way To Keep A Fence Post From Rotting

 
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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What Is The Best Way To Keep A Fence Post From Rotting


i have to install a cedar fence and was wondering what is the best way to keep the posts from rotting. red cedar thanks
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Leave at least 6 inches and even better 12"'s of space between the ground and the post.

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DURO TUBE galvanized steel never rots! just kidd'n...
If you live in a state ware you can still get liquid copper soak the ground end of your post in that over night thats the best way to keep a wood post from rotting. If you cant get liquid copper all the other brands are about the same.
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i have to bury the posts in the ground 24 inches. i was wondering what to coat them in. In concrete, dust, gravel thanks
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i have to bury the posts in the ground 24 inches. i was wondering what to coat them in. In concrete, dust, gravel thanks
I guess it depends on how sturdy they need to be. They will rot less in gravel then concrete but only going 24" down this post sounds like it will not stand for long. I usually go 1/3 of the above ground hight into the ground, pour concrete to just above finish grade and taper concrete away from the post to allow water to run off. This is simple and works for about 15 years or so.

We have been using PT cedar post for the last few years. I have no idea how much longer they will last but maybe as mush as 20 years?
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In our area, code has changed over the last few years. Its kinda funny, your not allowed to submerge a post in cement. As the cement increases rot, they are really trying to get away from anything in the ground due to the run off of the PT additive. You can still submerge the post in, then back fill. It all depends on the code offices attitude that day. Anything structual, like decks or such, have to set your hole with the cement then bracket your post to it. I wouldnt do it on a fence, would end up with a million pot holes of cement. I would say gravel. Chances are by the time the posts start to go, then fence will already have issues.
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