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Old 04-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Bare wood, warped fence - can it still be saved?


Hi all,

Our house, which my wife bought about five years ago before we met, has a wooden fence surrounding most of the property.
We don't know much of the history of it, but it doesn't look all that old - however it looks obvious to me that whoever built it made it entirely of untreated wood (much of which is now badly warping & bending from the elements) and non-galvanized screws (all of which are now rusty).
It's starting to look pretty rough, but the wood doesn't look like it's rotted or anything, just warped from moisture.
So I was wondering, does it do any good to put on a layer of weather-proofing after the wood has already been exposed for a while?
I'm figuring many of the boards don't look damaged yet, and many of the ones that have been warped I was thinking I could either attempt to straighten or just replace as needed, but I'm wondering if trying to treat it after the fact will help or if the damage is now somehow "locked in" to the point where it doesn't matter?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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Since there's no pictures posted of the fence we will just guess.
No in most cases once the wood is twisted it's shot just replace the bad ones.

If it was pressure treated your suppost to wait a few months for it to dry out before treating it or you will just be sealing in the moisture and causing mold to form.

With the new pressure treated wood you need Ceramic coated decking screws not galvinized, Galvinized would just rust off inside the wood and fail.

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Here are a few shots I grabbed the other day while out mowing, if it's helpful:



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See if you can find some wood preservative that soaks in as opposed to producing a skin on the wood surface.

If the wood is not rotted I would say it is not too late to save it.
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