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Not good if the post has a high moisture content also prone to being scratched/cut while being knocked in.

 

Thats what I thought, wondered how durable it was while being knocked in. Makes me wonder if there is any treatment to stop rotting in the long term.

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Thats what I thought, wondered how durable it was while being knocked in. Makes me wonder if there is any treatment to stop rotting in the long term.

 

The options realy are Class 4, pressure treated creosote, some of the more durable timbers although they are in short supply for fence timber or steel posts.

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Not so much what you are sealing out but what you are sealing in.

 

I've heard that argument before with bitumen based products but I haven't seen any evidence of rotting or snapping off. Do you have photos of this?

 

Our posts were full of moisture before we applied Tuffdip to the bottom.... and now the posts are very dry. Presumably the moisture has wicked up the post.

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If you are on wet soils, what about elm? Used as bridge pilings for millennia and some of the pilings for London bridge were still good when they shifted it.

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If you are on wet soils, what about elm? Used as bridge pilings for millennia and some of the pilings for London bridge were still good when they shifted it.

 

So were do we find a big supply of Elm????:confused1:

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I've heard that argument before with bitumen based products but I haven't seen any evidence of rotting or snapping off. Do you have photos of this?

 

Our posts were full of moisture before we applied Tuffdip to the bottom.... and now the posts are very dry. Presumably the moisture has wicked up the post.

 

Sorry, no pictures only feedback from others who have used it. It obviously has worked for you for what ever reason so happy days.

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Sorry, no pictures only feedback from others who have used it. It obviously has worked for you for what ever reason so happy days.

 

Yeah, has worked for us (so far).

If our Sitka posts stay rot free for 4 or 5 years I'd say it's good proof that the TuffDip works.

But we're only just into year 2 since putting them in the ground.

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Iv no experience from the clipex system, but from what I can gather from the videos it will surely only work in prime good soils, what happens if your on hard ground and need a bit of clout to get the posts in- would it stand up to a tractor mounted driver hitting the posts-would have thought they would just buckle? also it seems the system only works if you can guarantee being able to knock each post fully into depth each time. and Id love to see those strainers assemblies holding upto even remotely soft peat. Im not sold but would happily give it a go in 'real world' hill conditions and see...

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why not make fence posts from something that shouldn't rot...

 

 

robinia, greenheart and ekki will last a lifetime...

 

Good idea in theory.

 

Can you find me 250 pieces of nice straight robinia 8 feet long. :thumbup:

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Good idea in theory.

 

Can you find me 250 pieces of nice straight robinia 8 feet long. :thumbup:

 

I can.

It won't be dead straight, but straight-ish. Quite simply the most durable timber for fencing we can grow in Europe.

 

Do you really need 8ft posts to stop otters and beavers though?

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