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Offline Tom L

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red cedar fence posts
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:36:48 PM »
I cut 4 red cedar 6 x 6 posts 8 ft long for a family member over the weekend. after looking at them they decided they did not want them. typical red knotty cedar.
so I want to use them for fence posts.
would you recommend coating the bottom that will go in the ground?

and if so what would you use. I am just going to embed them three ft in the ground and hang a cattle gate on them.

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Re: red cedar fence posts
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 12:46:57 PM »
I wouldn't coat them with anything. Red cedar will last a long time in the ground before it rots. 40+ years depending on the soil.

Dig a hole bigger than the post and tamp a little gravel in the bottom. Then put the post in, and tamp gravel all around it. It will be very solid that way. I personally wouldn't use concrete, it tends to trap water in the post hole against the post.
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Re: red cedar fence posts
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 03:12:31 PM »
good to know, thanks

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Re: red cedar fence posts
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 06:52:19 PM »
I have some in a line fence where the sap [ white ] wood is all gone and the red heart is as good as the day it was sawed. Been there over sixty years
Bill


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