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Old 06-10-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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An engineer friend was here and said my new fence posts need caps cause water will get in the cut end and rot it quicker. He said I could make them myself with metal and tin snips or buy them for $4 ea.

I was surprised that my fence Co. didn't mention this.

Has anyone else put metal caps on their fence post or heard of them?

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Not often done, but he's right.
The end grain is the weakest point.
I just cut the post at a slight angle and seal the end with a clear sealer.
Another simple cheap trick is to add a piece of 1X to the top of the post. When it rots it's simple enough to knock off and replace.
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Joe,

Thanks. I like both your ideas better. My posts rests, at the top, against a horizonal board so it would be hard to cap.

I can seal AND put another board over the top easier.

Appreciate the info.
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Melt some parrafin and pour it on the post's before you put the board on it,much better than sealer.
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canarywood,

Parafin. I can do that easily.

I'm sentimental and have my mother's blue enamel coffee pot, half full of wax, that she used to pour over jelly years ago, when canning. I'll just reheat it.
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