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Basil

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Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« on: September 20, 2020, 10:38:41 am »
I've broken up a newish pallet1 and intend to use it for battens on a stone wall which will support the wire for my espalier fruit trees.
I assume the wood is completely untreated, so I guess just a lick of exterior paint will not be enough.
Nominate a product please.
Tia.

1 Which was surprisingly hard work.
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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2020, 10:52:02 am »
My neighbour made his fence from pallets. He stains it every year with Robseal. It would have been cheaper to used treated wood.

I train fruit trees on wire only. Why do you need the wood out of interest?

Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2020, 11:04:58 am »
Personally I would go to a timber merchant and buy some pressure treated roofing battens if you wish to use timber.  Decent preservatives cost an arm and a leg and dont go far.
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Basil

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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2020, 11:35:53 am »
Thanks both. Good points.  You are right. I should spend money to save money.

The pallet will now be chopped up for kindling.

And why battens anyway?  Dunno.  Just thought it work better.
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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2020, 12:16:52 pm »
For my cordons and clients’ espaliers, fans, climbers etc I use vine eyes which screw into the mortar or stone (depending on rock type) and the ring is 2-3” from the face and you thread the wire through which gives you plenty of tying off options. WAY cheaper than timber.

Vine eyes and wire can be found at any horticultural supplier or the Internet.

Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2020, 04:26:41 pm »
M'Julie in Whitstable recently had her fence panels replaced with decking - already pressure treated / tanalised.

Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2020, 04:53:31 pm »
I’ve got to say, decking and roofing battens have been the longest lasting timber I have used for clients’ fencing etc. Your Julie is bang on homee. Boyakasha

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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2020, 04:55:48 pm »
Thanks Heltor, you've saved me a load of wasted time and effort.  :thumbsup:
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Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2020, 04:58:53 pm »
Hopefully money too. I love espaliers. You won’t regret having them. Have you chosen your stock yet? Apples? Pears? Sorry, nosy and fascinated. I love growing fruit the old fashioned way.

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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2020, 07:14:48 pm »
Hopefully money too. I love espaliers. You won’t regret having them. Have you chosen your stock yet? Apples? Pears? Sorry, nosy and fascinated. I love growing fruit the old fashioned way.

A Worcester Permain, and some sort of Conference pear. Bought them as babies and planted them November 2018.  The pear is doing really well and has produced fruit this year, so I'm a bit behind with the espalier pruning.  The apple is struggling. Some sort of insect infestation.  I'll sticky band them next month and hope it pulls through.
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Re: Best treatment for weather proofing pallet wood?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2020, 10:53:30 pm »
You can buy stainless wire and supports.  Looks nice for a price...