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Old 05-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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I know fence boards shrink, but....


This one shrunk about an inch!

Just wanted to put that out there
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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I know fence boards shrink, but....


That is awful. Can you pull out the nails and move it up a bit?

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I know fence boards shrink, but....


That's second growth for ya.
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I know fence boards shrink, but....


Its just the "new" wood and wood always has shrunk, but not as much now.

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I know fence boards shrink, but....


It kind of looks like that piece had no drying time before you used it at all. Wood has to shrink as it dries just as anything would.

Back when drywall nails were more commonly used, I remember seeing nails pop completely out of douglas fir framing as it dried out and before kiln drying became more standard.

I once worked for a company that recycled lodgepole pine trees (considered dangerous tall weeds by at least some forestry management people) into fencing and tree stakes. During the trip from the Pacific Northwest, Idaho and Canada the bundles would have to be rebanded at every few hours.

Just a suggestion for the future? You are nailing a little close to the edge in my opinion. You may not have noticed it nailing but you probably started and encouraged the fracture. Not saying this was your fault though.

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You are nailing a little close to the edge in my opinion. You may not have noticed it nailing but you probably started and encouraged the fracture. Not saying this was your fault though.
The wood shrunk so much, the nail moved!
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I know fence boards shrink, but....


it's all stainless screws so it will be easy to replace. And I agree it's close to the edge, but my wife did most of it and you can't tell her how to do it better or she'll freak out and quit lol. But I think she did a pretty good job mostly.

The boards had a few weeks of drying before we put them up, but they were tightly bundled so only a handful actually dried lol. I'm not concerned about it just thought it was weird to see it shrink that much. the fence has been up for almost a year now. I'm just now getting around to staining it but that's a slow task! Here's a picture of the stained gate and the side by the front door.
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