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"Bagging" Extends Life Of Fencepost
You can get longer life from posts of all kinds by wrapping them in plastic. The plastic protects wood or steel posts from moisture, soil nutrients, insects, fungi and bacteria. A do-it-yourself SmartPost kit from Post Saver USA includes plastic boots and the adhesive to make them stick. The plastic wrap has been used commercially in the U.S. for about 12 years and for 20 years in England, but the do-it-yourself kit is new.
  “The product will start showing up in hardware stores, lumberyards and building supply stores this coming spring,” says John Sensineg, Post Saver USA.
  Bagging posts is simple. A fairly thick coat of the water-soluble adhesive is applied to the surface of the post. The plastic bags then slide over the coated area with excess plastic folded over and taped down.
  “The extra plastic allows the boots to be used on irregular posts such as split rail,” notes Sensineg.
  For those interested in trying SmartPost now, the company is selling adhesive in 4.75-gal. buckets for $120 each and plastic boots to order. Each boot or bag is seamed with seals as strong as the plastic itself. To price bags, customers are asked to multiply the number of posts by the desired boot length by the girth of the post to get total square inches. This is then multiplied by the cost per square inch of the plastic (0.003˘).
  “A working average for protecting a post is roughly $1 each, depending on how big it is and how thick a layer of adhesive is used,” says Sensineg. “Obviously, you would want to have a number of posts to cover to justify buying a bucket of adhesive and the shipping cost.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, SmartPost, Post Saver USA, LLC, P.O. Box 599, Terre Hill, Penn. 17581 (ph toll free 888 519-5746; smartpost.postsaverusa@gmail.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6