Untreated Fence in the Rain - Issues?

elliots11November 19, 2013

I have a brand new fence, it's untreated, and it's about to rain in the next few days. Should I be worried? Can I mitigate or do I not need to bother?

Details: I recently (last week) completed a new fence with my neighbor. It was a huge pain, I'd rather not get into details, but it looks good. The frame is made of square metal posts in a concrete base, and the siding is horizontal douglas fir that has not been treated in any way yet. I don't want any more issues, so is it fine to be left alone in the rain? How soon can I stain it?

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millworkman

absolutely, I would be fairly certain it was stored outdoors and got wet more than once before you received it.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 9:57AM
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snoonyb

DF is the least of your problems if;
The post were not galv. or powder-coated and the concrete was not properly coned to prevent water accumulation.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 10:52AM
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elliots11

I believe the rest of the fence was constructed well. The metal posts were painted and of high quality, I've seen other works by the guy and they were fine, including concrete.

So if it will be stored outdoors throughout the mild southern California winter, will it still be onto stain and seal in like March? It's November now. It just tends to rain a lot this time of year and it's cold-ish.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 1:36PM
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kudzu9

Don't worry about it. Do the staining in spring when the weather is better and the wood has had a chance to dry out a little from being rained on. Really, it will be fine. It would be fine if you waited a couple of years, in fact.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 6:21PM
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