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05-19-2015 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rough cut pine privacy fence board fence pine

Hello ladies and gents, i live in North GA and want to build a 8’ privacy fence. to save $$$$$’s I’m considering using saw mill rough cut pine boards. What are the pros and cons of this over the high dollar store bought cedar

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 05:53 PM

Pine will deteriorate in outdoor use quicker than cedar. A better alternative would be to find a mill that processes eastern red cedar which should be readily available in your area. Buy rough cut ERC and it would last much longer than the pine.


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#2 posted 05-19-2015 06:09 PM

Dont do that.

N GA offers enough privacy.

What Herb said or look for pressure treated boards.

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 06:11 PM

Unless you plan on treating or painting the pine the untreated pine will rot within a few years and you’ll be replacing it with something else. Use pine that is pressure treated or use cedar.

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 06:59 PM

Why Me, how would you reccomend treating the rough cut pine? with what and how often I want to save money and I dont like the look of store bought pressure treated pine

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 12:52 AM

Pine will last longer if the boards are cut from older trees with slower growth. Also, keep the fence boards out of ground contact. Leave a good 6 space under the fence boards between the bottom of the board and the ground. Use treated posts for in-ground supports.

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 02:05 AM

In the long run the cost of preservative always goes up not down. high moisture areas require shorter periods between coats and whatever is in contact with the ground will rot faster whether its protected or not.

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 02:17 AM

I would not use pine for that either. The humidity and 4 months of rain where you live with beat those boards up quickly. Even painted or lacquered, they will twist and split.

Pine works in the rockies b/c the humidity is less than 20%, 95% of the year.

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