Wood & Metal Fence Posts at Savich & Lee
/ Stalnaker Wholesale Farm and Ranch
6902 CAUSEWAY BLVD. TAMPA, FLORIDA 33619 TOLL FREE 1-800-330-6238
Phone: 813-246-4220 or Phone: 813-620-3006
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At Savich & Lee / Stalnaker Wholesale Supply we offer CCA Pressure Treated (25 year protection) wooden fence posts and galvanized metal T-Posts for the farm or ranch fence enclosure.
T-POST (Steel) POSTS in 6-1/2', and 8'
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View comparisons of wood and metal fence posts below.
Some major advantages of wood posts are strength and resistance to bending,
misalignment and withdrawal. Permanent fences will require decay resistant
fence posts. The most common wooden posts are pine pressure treated with
CCA (chromated copper arsenate.) These posts have a greenish color, and they
last longer and are harder than older treatments such as creosote and Penta
(penta-chlorophenol.) This quality of hardness tends to help prevent staples
from being pulled out. Some native, untreated trees are still used to a limited
extent for fence posts. Table 2 shows the life expectancy of different tree
varieties when used as fence posts.
Wood posts from 61/2 to 8 feet long and from 2 1/2 to 8 inches or larger diameter are readily available. The larger the top diameter, the stronger the post. Line posts can be as small as 2 1/2 inches, but larger ones will provide for a stronger, more durable fence. Corner and gate posts should have a top diameter of at least 8 inches. Brace posts should be 5 inches or more in diameter.
Be careful when buying wooden posts that the posts are properly treated for contact with the soil. Most treated lumber (including 4-by-4s often used as posts) bought in builder's supply stores is treated at 0.25 lb of CCA per cubic foot of lumber. This level of treatment will not protect against termites. Sawn lumber should be treated at 0.5 to 0.6 lb/ft3 of CCA if it is to be in contact with the earth. Fence posts can be treated at 0.4 lb/ft3. Many people are tempted to use "landscape timbers" for fence posts because they are extremely cheap at times due to over supply. These timbers are a byproduct of the plywood industry. They are what is left after the veneer has been peeled off of a large log. The danger in using these for fence posts is that many times they are not treated for ground contact since they are not designed to support a load and sometimes are not labeled, so it is unclear what, if any, treatment has been applied.
Steel posts have four major advantages. They cost less, weigh less, can be driven into the ground rather easily, and are fireproof. They also help ground the fence against lightning when the soil is moist. Steel posts vary from 5 to 8 feet long. A wide variety of steel posts are available with widely varying prices and quality, so be careful when comparison shopping to make sure you are comparing equal quality posts. Steel posts do not have as much strength against bending as wood posts. Wooden line posts can be placed every 50 to 75 feet to help keep steel posts from bending and improve fence stability.
Various kinds of posts are available for electric fence line posts as the requirements for strength are much less than for nonelectric fences. Posts are available in wood, plastic, steel, and fiberglass. Wood and steel posts require insulators to prevent short-circuiting the fence through the posts. Where available, high-density fiberglass posts (commonly known as sucker rod) make excellent electric fence posts. These posts are byproducts of the oil industry and are not always available. They are usually grey in color, are very strong and durable, and are nonconducting, so insulators are not required.
All posts must be long enough for the fence height and depth of setting. Add together the height of the top wire above the ground, the depth of the post in the ground, and 6 extra inches to get the desired length.
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