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Forum topic by karter56 posted 08-11-2014 01:13 AM 914 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2014 01:13 AM

I have been informed by my better half that I will be designing and building an arbor to be installed on our front walkway. I immediately thought “cedar would be beautiful, light and rot resistant”. After reading some things online I’m not so sure. Will cedar rot faster than the treated lumber where contacting soil? I plan on putting some concrete around the posts. Will this help the posts from drawing moisture. I just want to use the right materials so I’m not replacing posts within a few years.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 01:36 AM

Try to avoid having wood in direct contact w/ concrete. Use something like this to set in the concrete and attach your post to. That way if you ever have to replace it, it is easy and not nearly as prone to rot as wood in contact w/ concrete is.

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