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post #11 of 18 Old 08-23-2012, 04:41 PM
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We use ceder or tamarack trees for posts, but someone local cuts them off their Christmas tree farm, ours have lasted five years that we're had them, probably last longer. Down side, they weigh a ton. We get them cheap $1 each, bark on, so replacing doesn't get expensive.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-23-2012, 04:51 PM
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I had new fencing put in in 2008. They used 8" diameter, 8' long treated posts, just like the ones I bought at the local farm supply before this to repair the old fence. NONE of my posts were cemented in. They could not have done so bc they put my fencing up in February.
I live on a property that was first built on and farmed 100 years ago. The previous owners cemented every corner post, and the cement is a b!t@h to remove. in FACT, I'm looking at a new transmission in my truck bc I dug out and dragged 3 of them (>300lbs each) to a new location. Two of them had a piece of metal stuck in them and HAD to be removed from new turnout areas.
If you use about 12" of cement it won't really do anything more than planting 3' in the ground does. There are other ways to reinforce your corners.
I wanted to let you know about this ahead of time. NOT looking for a debate. =D
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-23-2012, 06:42 PM
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Just a slight side shift to the conversation due to Corp's post, a tip for removing things out of the ground with your pickup. Take a spare tire and put it at the edge of your hole (standing up). Tie off your rope/strap/chain to your hitch and the object while routing over your tire. This will cause the object to be lifted up and out of a hole rather than trying to drag it through the the dirt and out.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-23-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Corporal, thank you for the concrete tip. I will have to talk to my dad and get his opinion on everything. Looks like well be getting 8' posts, 8" in diameter, pressure treated. Theyll be sunk either 3 feet or 3-1/2 feet into the ground. Id prefer 3-1/2 feet myself. Our freeze line is 32" so 3 feet would be okay, but whats the harm in going a little deeper.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-23-2012, 08:53 PM
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Many have that extra 6" so they can cut all the posts off at the same height. Of course you can do the same thing by making sure you put them all in at the same depth.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-26-2012, 12:14 AM
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Good luck with the fencing! After re -doing the barn, the next project is re doing the fencing - 3 board wood fencing!! Eek! (Runs off screaming like a little girl then returns go semi sanity) my dad works for a timber company so we fey a discount on wood.

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post #17 of 18 Old 08-26-2012, 01:01 PM
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Cedar posts all the way! They look rural, are cheap (We get them for free, we just cut them up off a friend's property), and they last forever!

However, I must say, the pressure treated does look better.

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-31-2012, 06:39 AM
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For a cost effective solution that has safety high on the Pro's ledger would have to be Electrobraid. Post spacing can be 30ft and worst injury you can get is rope burn. Vets aren't cheap. This is my only my opinion.
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