Voltage pressure treated fence posts, such as electric and barbed wires, as well as fences that sink the pressure of wind and weather, such as vinyl, wire mesh, and snow fences, require ground anchors to help keep you upright and effective . Ground anchors provide maximum support when the type and size of message is installing at the proper angle and depth. The investment of time and effort required to install strong ground anchors is paid with a lower amount of fence maintenance. Pressure treated wood is made of wood usually from low-cost wood, such as spruce or pine which has been subjected to a series of vacuum cycles to force chemicals into the pores of the wood. These chemicals help to preserve and strengthen the wood, making it durable, resistant and insect resistant to rot. It is cheaper than the wood rots naturally and is resistant to insects.
Alternatives include redwood, cedar, cypress, and wood-plastic composites. The western red cedar is gold-brown in color and similar to redwood in its insects and resistance to rot. However, unlike redwood, it is relatively weak and can not be used for support structures. Therefore, it should be use for cedar fence posts that have a primarily decorative purpose. Like redwood, only the heartwood should be use. Its sapwood is not an insect or rot resistant. You should also avoid scratched wood, as this may indicate particularly weak wood. Cedar is about half the cost of redwood, but twice the cost of pressure treated wood. Redwood wood comes in different grades of quality. While the lower grades are suitable for decks and handrails if properly sealing, with heart construction or clear-heart degrees are necessary for quality fence posts.
These upper degrees are made of tree heartwood, is dark red in color and not affected by insects or moisture. Lighter in color, redwood comes from the sapwood, which is not particularly resistant to decay. Although the redwood is attractive and resistant to common structural problems, it is the expense up to four times more than pressure treat wood. Neither is it the most conscious choice of the environment. Due to logging, less than 5 percent of the old coastal redwood forest remains. Select the pressure of the treated wooden posts that are 4 by 4 inches thick and 9 feet long for the anchor posts. Sharpen one end of each round wood fence posts to an opaque spot with an ax. Mark each anchor post 4 feet from the sharp end.