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Old 08-25-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question New Home Owner Question - How do I tell what type of wood my fence is?

I moved into my first "new" home about a year or two ago(20 year old house) and I need to buy some wood slats for the fence, but I don't know what it's made out of. It looks like a standard picket fence, like this:


The fence is probably about 20 years old, and it's a weathed gray color right now instead of a wood color. I assume it's cedar, but I don't know? Anyway I can tell? What else could it be made out of?
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:14 PM   #3
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Can you explain how cedar tastes please?
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Remove 1 slat and bring it with you to the lumber yard. You'll only have to replace one extra, no biggie.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:16 PM   #6
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Can you explain how cedar tastes please?

If you know it's cedar, problem is solved.

tastes piney, kinda like cedar.
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Probably pressure treated pine.
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It's probably cedar. It grays when exposed to the sun for a long time. If you really want to make sure, saw off a piece and smell. It will have a distinctive cedar chest smell.
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Take a picture for us.

It's either cedar or pressure treated pine...or possibly red wood.
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I'm too lazy to take a pick. I do know what cedar smells like, so I'll cut a small piece and smell it, or take it into the home depot or something.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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All wood will turn grey in the sun as long as it is not treated with something to block UV rays. I would recommend cutting it and taking it to your local wood yard. If you post a picture, I could identify it if the picture is clear enough.
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