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Old 04-06-2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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HelloI have a question about fence post installation. While installing 2 fence posts I ran out of concrete and did not pour all the way to or above the soil line. It has been suggested to me that this will cause the redwood fence posts to rot prematurely. Is there anything I can do prevent this? I really prefer not to reduce the grade surround the post. Can you add more contrete even though the existing concrete has already cured? Should I add gravel around the posts? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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wood does not mix well with concrete or dirt. So this does not effect you issue here. Yes you can add more concrete but you need something like a pin to bond the pours together.

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Where are you located ?
My last house the soil drained very well
I didn't use any concrete for an 8' tall lattice "fence"
I used a sledge to pound gravel down into the holes
~5 years later I took it apart & brought it with me to this house...no rot
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Hi Scuba Dave

I am located in Sacramento, California and I think my soil contains a lot of clay. The posts are also located on the side of the house with the homes' drainage swale running through the center. Thanks
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Redwood is very rot resistant. I would not sweat it, unless you are planning to live more than 50 years, in which case you might have an issue.
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Redwood is very rot resistant. I would not sweat it, unless you are planning to live more than 50 years, in which case you might have an issue.
That is true when dealing with clear heart, but a lot of the stuff I see being sold for construction grade redwood has more sapwood(white) in it than red. In my south Louisiana climate, this stuff rots within a few years.
He did not do himself any favors by surrounding the posts with what I call a "concrete death boot" either.

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