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Old 02-27-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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Picket Fence - Wood Troubleshooting. HELP!

Okay here is the deal, I'm building a picket fence, and I'm using wood. Wish I could do vinyl, but the wife won't have it.

I live in southern California where we get very little rain, but a decent amount of sun.

I'm coating the entire fence in a opaque white stain, rather than paint.

I'm painting/staining everything separate before placing together.

1) Posts are pressure treated 4x4 - (I also coated these with primer)
2) Pickets are redwood
3) Runners are ... we'll currently Douglas Fir (untreated)

WHAT? Untreated Douglas fir? am I crazy? ... Maybe and I'm hoping you can help!

Here are my options as I see them now.

1) Just coat a nice layer of stain, then after it's built spray the whole fence with a clear water seal.

2) Use a thin layer of Primer on the Runners, then apply the stain to give it some extra protection.
a) I'd prefer not to have to do this to avoid potential pealing... and I've already stained half of them ...

3) Scrap the work I've already done (bought all the runners and stained half of them) and buy either redwood, or pressure treated runners.
a) I'd prefer not to do this as Pressure treated runners will be ugly, and require stainless steel nails... and redwood is EXPENSIVE. Especially for 50 8 foot 2x4's.

So ... what' I'm really looking for is either affirmation that using df runners with stain and seal will be sufficient for at least 5+ years ... or if I'm screwing myself real bad and I need to change plans now before I invest any more ...

Any help or tips is greatly appreciated.


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Old 02-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I feel that if you paint or stain the DF you will be replacing them much sooner than you would want to.
DF just isn't a material to be exposed to weather, go with treated wood, you can find the "Wolmanized" (spelling) in So. Cal. That does not have the little punture marks in it.



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You will not get the life out of the df you would treated or redwood but nicely stained you will certainly get 5 years or more since it is not in soil contact.

Remember primer and stain may not adhere to fresh treated wood.
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wood needs periodic treatment and replacement...just the nature of the beast...but what else truly looks like it?
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