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Electricity pole - Cutting, splitting and using an old pole to make posts

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by DIYNotIan, 19 Jul 2021.

  1. DIYNotIan

    DIYNotIan

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    Hi

    I need timber for posts for wood shelters. Nothing fancy; it's all quite rough and ready with reclaimed materials where possible.

    There's an old electricity pole lying in the garden which has probably been there around three years. I was thinking to cut it down into 4 pieces, and then split each of those length ways into four, giving me 16 posts. I think the post has remnants of creosote or some kind of tar stuff on it, but not much and I presume such treatment doesn't penetrate. So when (or if) I do manage to split it, what would be the best type of treatment to use on it?

    I'll probably drive a section into the ground for stability, and presume that will need a separate or additional treatment due to ground contact. Any recommendations?

    Obviously being a shelter, the posts will be under cover to a certain extent and should hopefully only get wet in very bad weather. But the longer they last the better.

    Any suggestions, thoughts or opinions most welcome. Photos below.

    Cheers


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  3. scbk

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    Sell the pole and use the money to buy some sawn timber!
     
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