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#1 posted 05-16-2012 11:23 PM

Doss, I built several thousand feet of horse fencing around my farm about 7 years ago. I’m in central NC, and like you have a lot of hot humid days here.

Most of my posts are yellow locust (some around the dressage arena are a treated SYP), and the boards are 5/4 eastern red cedar. It is a 4 board horizontal with a cap board to help reduce the water on the other boards (plus for the look). It is not stained or finished, and the wood does not show any signs of deterioration.

When I researched material options, most of the local farmers told me that I could expect 30 – 50 years out of the cedar boards. Based upon their condition 7 years into it, I would tend to agree with their assessment. The locust posts should be good for 80+ years.

Plus, the rough sawn cedar boards really provide a nice aesthetic, IMO. They have aged to a nice, silver color.

I can’t speak to the durability of the others, but have been pleased with the ERC.


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