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Earnie 07-06-2010 10:05 AM

Cedar Post Treatment
Is there a product that can be applied to post which help prevent it from rotting?

I have some large cedar posts that will be placed in the ground. I know cedar is a bit more rot resistant than other wood types. However, I would like to extend that time frame by applying something to the post sections that are below grade.

Any thoughts on applying asphalt sealer or similar product to help keep the water away from the wood? I know some of the older products are questionable due to health and environmental reasons.


jlhaslip 07-06-2010 10:11 PM

dig the hole, place the cedar post and backfill/tamp with gravel to drain water away from the cedar

Earnie 07-07-2010 01:55 PM

Thank for the reply. I am planning to backfill with rock. I was just looking for a bit more protection from in-ground moisture.

Mr Chips 07-08-2010 08:47 AM

maybe i am wrong (shocking, I know...) but i would think just about anything you put on the post will help. You could coat the part going in the ground with an oilbase paint, tung oil, water sealer, etc.. Let it dry before you sink the post and it would help the post last and resist decay a little longer, wouldn't it?

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