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ohman 10-08-2012 12:33 AM

Garden corner post (wood) - best way to water proof??
 
Hi all, thanks for reading this topic...

Our front yard (garden) has a corner post which is made of wood, and every time when it rains (or after we water the fruit tree), it will create a puddle at the corner and I'm concerned that it will rotten the wooden post. Here is a picture:

http://s10.postimage.org/b13oqzjw5/20121006_104122.jpg

What's the best way to water-proof this post? Any suggestion or comments? Thanks! :blush:

joecaption 10-08-2012 06:28 AM

What's that post suppost to be doing?

Raising the grade in that area would sure help.

biggles 10-08-2012 06:59 AM

20 yrs to rot from the install easy...if you want to seal it you will have to remove it paint of roofing sealer to 12" above ground and reinstall

user1007 10-08-2012 01:17 PM

Is this post in ground or above. I cannot tell from the photo.

ohman 10-08-2012 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1026555)
Is this post in ground or above. I cannot tell from the photo.

It is in ground...

user1007 10-08-2012 04:35 PM

Strikes me it is a bit late to be trying to waterproof it now?

ohman 10-08-2012 05:24 PM

I guess that it was there for a long time now and we never paid attention to it until recently... and it was painted before... I guess maybe we can dig out the dirt a little bit and pour in some concrete around that post to strengthen it... thoughts or comments about this? thanks!

ohman 11-19-2012 03:16 AM

By the way, this pole is not weight bearing (I think), here is another photo from another wider angle... (click on image to enlarge)

http://s7.postimage.org/kbbptzihz/20121116_090755.jpg

I also noticed that other poles (except this corner one) the builder left at least one inch above grade, I don't know why he didn't do that for this specific corner pole...

http://s9.postimage.org/6zswc57xn/20121116_090855.jpg

Can I use "wood hardener" to treat that rotted wood? Or should I just cut off the part that is burred in the ground? Since it's not weight bearing so I assume that would be OK? Thoughts or comments? Thanks!

Thunder Chicken 11-20-2012 10:25 AM

Can you post a picture of what is above the wall connected to these posts? The way these posts are lag bolted to the wall suggests they are for a railing of some sort.

There isn't much you can do now if it is in the ground. I would trim it to above ground level with a sawz-all and treat/paint the exposed bottom. As mentioned before, you probably also want to look at the grading, maybe fill in that area to make it level.

ohman 11-21-2012 03:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thunder Chicken (Post 1056914)
Can you post a picture of what is above the wall connected to these posts? The way these posts are lag bolted to the wall suggests they are for a railing of some sort.

Here is a photo:

http://s9.postimage.org/9hb32xfmj/20121120_132856.jpg

Notice those big screws or nails which I believe were nailed into the concrete fence, that's why I think for that corner post, it was not weight-bearing... but I could be wrong...

For other non-corner posts, I noticed that there is a 2" clearance.... see:

http://s8.postimage.org/9lqwp8yoh/20121120_132920.jpg

Thanks again for your help! :)

guynextdoor 11-22-2012 06:20 AM

Nice fence. Like others have said raise the height by pouring some concrete in that corner. It should do fine.

dave19london 11-25-2012 02:51 PM

Yeah remove and dig out the soil and pour in some concrete around that post to strengthen it for sure.




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