I have 10 sections of 25 year old fencing I have to get rid of. Its 6'
x 8' - 1" x 3" spruce maby?? I'm sure its not PT.
Is it safe to cut it up, remove the nails and burn it in my wood
I just got a price of $2,000 to remove and install 10 sections of this
fence. As much as I hate to do it myself there's no way I'm paying
that much!!! Should cost me $500 at most plus my time. I dont pay
myself much so the labor is cheap!
Posts may be PT? but I'm sure the pickets are not. Never painted, I
doubt it was stained, If so it's at least 25 years old . any way to
On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:03:09 -0600 (CST), firstname.lastname@example.org (mark
Test for cca I dont know. Contact lumber cos Where do you live , only
in the desert would wood last 25 yr as a fence post being untreated.
In the midwest untreated posts have rot at 10 yrs. So id say Dont
risk it , Arsenic poisoning is serious. And the pickets 25 yr no paint
no rot, Sounds like CCA - PT
I've got a cedar fence, 4 x4 posts and 8 inch wide boards,
not treated. Less than 1/10th of the posts indicate any rot
and only 2 posts (plu 2 broken boards) have been replaced in
a 100-110 foot section in 25 years. Yeah, it's in the
desert, kind of, but the fence gets watered from both side
all summer long. The rest of my fence is wire fabric with
creosote treated posts (buried part) and probaby 1/6th of
those have rotted off at the ground level in 25 years. I'm
cheap so I just drove steel fence posts 1-2 feet from the
old posts and left the old wood attached to the fence.
mark Ransley wrote:
After 25 years, there probably isn't much of anything left
in the wood even if it was treated. The greater the
rainfall and snowfall, the less likely there would be
anything left. If you have any doubts about using it, just
discard the parts of posts that were in the ground and use
What do you mean by stockade? Is this a fence to keep
animals? If so, it is unlikely that the wood would be
pressure treated. What part of the country do you live in
that the fence might be spruce? Where I live there are lots
of fences but only the posts are ever treated, unless
someone stains the finished fence. And 25 years ago, the
posts were mostly not pressure treated but the posts might
have been treated with creosote or Penta chlorophenol. I
would burn the exposed part of the fence in your stove and
discard any parts that were buried.
If its CCA , after 25 it will still be there. PT is Pressure treated,
its in the wood not on it. Is Arsenic poisoning worth the risk for a
little heat. for some yes. By the way people are killed by burning
CCA, Slowly, and made sick,
I live in Massachusetts. The main reason for burning is as a way to
get rid of the old fence sections. They want $200 to haul it away (10
We call it stockade fence. We dont have any livestock. The fence is
definatly rotting along the ground and pickets are breaking off. Many
of the posts are rotted at ground level. I dont intend to burn the
posts, just cut up the fence pickets, 1"x3"x6' boards.
Thanks for the warnings??
On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 04:50:56 -0600 (CST), email@example.com (mark
If it is really 25 years old I'd be surprised if it is not PT, maybe
your climate is different. Even if it isn't PT, softwood like spruce
or pine is usually not burned in indoor stoves or fireplaces because
of possible creosote build up in chimneys. If you do decide to burn
it, why bother to remove the nails?
I was thinking the same thing, I'll leave the nails in!
The fence was here when I bought the house 20 years ago. Its in very
bad shape, Rotten / broken. I just replaced the post with a 4 x 4 PT
post and screwed the old fence in place. That will hold it till spring
when I replace the whole thing myself.
On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 16:35:00 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Lawrence
Smart guy. The whole point of cedar is that it resist rot.
Even cedar siding on houses is often left untreated so that
it turns that blue/gray color that many people consider
Tony Hwang wrote:
The position of your comment in the thread shows that it is
in reply to a statement "softwood like spruce or pine is
usually not burned in indoor stoves or fireplaces because of
possible creosote build up in chimneys."
I know what untreated is but what is "un processed?" Most
people that burn wood do a considerable amount of
processing, e.g., cutting the tree down, limbing, sawing
blocks, spliting, etc.
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