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Old 10-08-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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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:



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

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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What's that post suppost to be doing?

Raising the grade in that area would sure help.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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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
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Is this post in ground or above. I cannot tell from the photo.
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Is this post in ground or above. I cannot tell from the photo.
It is in ground...
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Strikes me it is a bit late to be trying to waterproof it now?
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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!
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By the way, this pole is not weight bearing (I think), here is another photo from another wider angle... (click on image to enlarge)



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...



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!
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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.
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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:



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:



Thanks again for your help!
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Nice fence. Like others have said raise the height by pouring some concrete in that corner. It should do fine.
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Yeah remove and dig out the soil and pour in some concrete around that post to strengthen it for sure.




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