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Taigert

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 09:05 AM

The first question, is what does the customer want to pay? If there is next to nothing in the budget my choice would be pressure treated. Don’t forget there are different grades of pressure treated lumber. So make sure you spec what you will be doing to your lumber yard. That way you should end up with pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.
Second question is what does the customer want, you could show him some samples. This gives you a chance to upsell the job and perhaps increase your profit margin.
Like the other guys have suggested, white oak used a lot in boat building. Black Locust, has been used for fence posts for years. High dollar would be teak. Then there is cypress. it’s been sitting in the swamps of LA. for years. Then there is the idea of recycled plastic – Go Green Right?
My other concern is at 12” of the ground in NY it will be under the snow 6 months of the year. And if its to close to the road it going to be Fodder for the snow plows. A friend of mine mounted his with reinforced solid brick 24” x 24”x 48”’ sitting on a concrete foundation 3’ deep. Now the plows work around it.

A long answer to a short question, sorry

Taigert

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