Along with providing security and privacy, a nice wood fence can serve as a property's crowning design element. Leaving wood outside in a wet climate like mine, though, borders on criminal behavior — and so as a restoration carpenter working in New Orleans, I've focused throughout my career on making exterior wood last as long as possible.

Early in 2005, my best rot-prevention techniques were put to the test when some past clients approached me about building a fence on one side of their restored house. Natives of New Orleans, these folks knew how fast things decay here and they wanted something that would be around for a long time.

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