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Re: Locust Prep for Fence Posts

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It is better if they dry in a barn to cure for 6 to 12 months as 4010 said and the bark will come right off. We would do this then soak them in a barrel with old diesel motor oil for a month then turn them over and soak the other end for a month. There is a difference in how the tree grows that will determen how good a post will last. If it came up from a seed it should be good tight grained and will last. If it came up from a root of another tree it will have looser grain and will rot quickly. The best way to tell how good the post is would be to ring it. Take a hammer and hit the end of the post on the flat end, If it rings like steel its good. If it sounds like a thud its soft and wont last long. No sense putting a bad post in the ground only to have to go back in a few years to replace it. Bandit

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