Hi, I'm from Italy. Here we don't have the habit of doing fences with
woods so I'm asking to you how can I make my own fence ( buying woods
and so ) and make it lasts for ..let's say 10 years. You're alla
specialist aren't you ;-) ? I was reading that someone here in Italy buy
"bare" wood and treat it with "catramina", a product used with cars.
This avoid to spend a lot of money with the special green wood. What can
you say about that ?
First, let me say that I vivited Rome last year and am going to
northern Italy in Spetember. Italy is a beautiful country and the
people are very nice.
Now, to answer your question I've built two fences. Both used treated
cedar which is available at Lowes or Home Depot. I used the "shadow
box" style because we have high winds here in Colorado. Shadow box
style is also nice because it looks the same from both sides.
I used all scrwes - no nails.
I then stained it with Penafin.
It'll last longer than 10 years!
Here's a ;ink to Penofin (I misspeled it before)....
BTW, Thomas Kendrick has some good advice about water -- I used the
pressure treated "green" wood for the post. I pt them in concrete
although some folks here on Coloraod are now recommending putting them
in the hole and compressing small gravel around them (making them
easire to replace 5 ot 10 years later).
BTW, my boss is Italian and has offer to let me stay in his house in
Sarnao in the Marche province. Is it nice there? (I suspect all of
Italy is nice...)
The way to make wood fences last for 10 years is to avoid having the
fence contact the ground and avoid water puddles on the boards.
We keep the fence off the ground by using metal fence posts OR posts
made of the special green wood (pressure treated). As well, when the
fence pickets are installed, the bottom of each picket is a few inches
off the ground.
We avoid water puddles by coating the fence with a preservative that
is applied by spraying, rolling or brushing; just like paint or stain.
Finally, the fasteners used to hold the fence together and connect to
the post are galvanized (zinc coated) to delay rusting.
On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 11:53:57 GMT, pignacolata
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