Do I need to treat my posts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Poultra, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Poultra

    Poultra Out Of The Brooder

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    I had this brilliant idea to cut down trees from the hill out back to use as posts for the run, instead of spending $100 for steel T-posts. Do I need to treat the portion that goes into the ground or will they be ok without? It's box elder if it makes any difference.

    Thanks!
    Katie
     
  2. Davaroo

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    Yes.
    Some sort of preservative will be needed.
     
  3. palabeco

    palabeco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We treat our posts with used motor oil...Thats what my dh 's dad did, and his dad before that. Just brush it on real heavy so it soaks in good.
    BTW... Locust makes the best posts.
     
  4. Davaroo

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    Quote:Agggghhhh! I know you didnt say that! Oh, youre gonna catch it now.
     
  5. palabeco

    palabeco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agggghhhh! I know you didnt say that! Oh, youre gonna catch it now.

    What did I say?
     
  6. Davaroo

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    Quote:Agggghhhh! I know you didnt say that! Oh, youre gonna catch it now.

    What did I say?

    Just wait.
     
  7. steven11788

    steven11788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    motor oil, new on on me ..


    "palabeco wrote:
    We treat our posts with used motor oil...Thats what my dh 's dad did, and his dad before that. Just brush it on real heavy so it soaks in good.
    BTW... Locust makes the best posts."

    im wondering what Davaroo ment to??!!
     
  8. Davaroo

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  9. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the fact that you are putting used motor oil into the ground is what he meant.................wait for it............wait for it.........................
     
  10. palabeco

    palabeco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are not pouring used motor oil in the ground..the wood soaks it up, and it keeps the wood from rotting...farmers have been doing this for many, many, years. I don't believe it could be any worse than putting some kinds of chemical preservative on them.
     

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