fencing repair & maintenance

Re featheredge fencing: In the garden I've noticed a couple of low down bits of wood (approx 30cm high x 7cm wide) which have nearly separated from the main pieces, in the shape of the grain. (Could be that the fence got kicked - I don't know). 1. What's the neatest method of repair? 2. How often should the fence be painted and 3.what's the longest-lasting and nicest coating to use? (I know they come in all shades these days, but I'll probably keep to real wood colours.)
tia
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Hi
You can have cheap, quality, long lasting and no fake colours all in one. A 50/50 mix of engine oil and paraffin or diesel. New oil is clear, used stuff is dark.
Regards, NT
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Replace any faulty boards using 3.5 x 30 gold screws.
It`s always useful to check your fencing at least once a year ( before winter wind and rain ? ) and repair any broken bits and refix any loose nails using screws.( A battery electric screwdriver/drill is VERY useful )
The cheapest and longest lasting fence preservative is old engine oil.

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3.what's the longest-lasting and

I use Cuprinol Wood Care - it seems very good, keeps it colour much longer than Creosote (or Creocote as they now sell) But it ain't cheap.
Personally all the water based ones I have seen fade very quickly.
Rick
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