Building a new fence doesn’t have to be out of this world expensive. One way to keep costs down is to consider using reclaimed wood. For one thing, using recycled wood is also good for the environment. In other words, you’d be doing a good deed for mother earth. Here are some ideas for what to do next.
Treated and Untreated Lumber
When you get started, you have a choice to make. This choice involves what type of lumber you will choose for your next fence. Will it be treated or untreated? Although that sounds like a simple enough question, you might not know how you’re supposed to answer it. Treated lumber is the kind that is stamped. You’ll also notice a distinctive green hue to the wood. Smell the wood. If the wood is untreated, you can tell. That’s because it will smell like wood naturally should. Treated lumber will smell like chemicals or oil. If this is the case, then avoid using the wood for certain uses, such as for a veggie garden, firewood for your bonfire, or for cooking, even if you just want to toast marshmallows.
Another potential danger comes in the form of anything that could linger in the wood. It’s not always easy to tell what the wood used to be used for, after all. Even though you plan on using it to put up a fence, you need to be wary. Nails and staples and other sharp bits of wood could present a hazard for anyone attempting to work with the wood.
Cleaning It Off
Now that you have determined that there aren’t any shards of glass or loose splinters in the wood, you can move on. Whether or not the wood is treated, it still needs to be cleaned before it can be reused. A nylon brush is the best tool for clearing any remaining dirt. Pressure washing is also an acceptable method.
Let It Finish Drying
One final reminder is to let your wood finish drying before you can move it into position. Once the time has come to install or repair the fence, let the professionals take care of it for you.
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