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Haven’t resorted to cottonwood sticks yet...
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Posted 6/8/2021 14:04 (#9048293 - in reply to #9048240)
Subject: RE: Haven’t resorted to cottonwood sticks yet...

North central TX
Ahh, looks like me if I work with barbed wire for very long, always end up with a cut somewhere. That wire looks light gauge. Nice work though..
Why don't you guys up north use steel t posts more often?

We don't use wood here anymore because the rot and insects will eat them off in a few years and nobody wants to do the work of cutting and splitting bois d'arc trees for wood posts. Some of the power companies are hiring companies to come clean(skin decay off the outer layer) the top foot or 2 below ground and pour what looks like an expanding foam that has some sort of insecticide or inhibitors in it.

BTW, thats not technically drill stem, its just "tubing" or heavy wall pipe that is used in production wells. Drill stem is much thicker walled and hence heavier to push the bit down the hole. I use 2-7/8 pipe for my corners for barbed wire. When building high pressure fence, like in corrals I use 2-7/8 for posts and a top pipe rail and if I can get it will use 4-1/2 for corner posts or unsupported gate posts.
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