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Should I Buy a Knotty Alder Door for My Home?

Have you recently asked yourself this question: should I buy a knotty alder door for my home? We hope you’ll find the following information helpful. A knotty alder door is an outstanding addition to almost any home. This blog post will explain the benefits of buying a knotty alder door.

If you’ve got a western-style, rustic or Mediterranean style home, then a knotty alder door can greatly compliment your home décor.

Have you recently asked yourself this question: should I buy a knotty alder door for my home? We hope you’ll find the following information helpful. A knotty alder door is an outstanding addition to almost any home. This blog post will explain the benefits of buying a knotty alder door.

One of the many benefits of this type of wooden door for your home is that its construction is solid and sturdy as opposed to standard hollow doors.

Another benefit is its beauty. Knotty alder doors come in many patterns that are Mother Nature’s work. The knots are a natural feature of these style of doors and usually, the main reason so many people find them to be a stunning addition to their homes. If you desire to incorporate a natural wood type of look into your home décor, consider one of these types of doors.

The versatility of its beauty is another benefit for buying knotty alder doors. You can buy one in “raw” form, in which you then stain it yourself from many different stunning shades of stains on the market. Or you can simply coat your knotty alder door in a wood lacquer.

Another great benefit is that solid knotty doors add great value to your home. The beautiful custom home look not only increases current value but is fantastic for resale purposes.

Front entry doors with glass accents create a “WOW!” factor for any home – and they are reasonably priced.

Here at Cedar Supply Lumber Company, we have many knotty alder doors to choose from. Stop by our showroom to see these beautiful doors up close. Photos do not truly convey their beauty.

Click here to read more about all the doors we offer here at Cedar Supply and download our door catalog, too.

Installing 2x4x8 Rails to a Cedar Privacy Fence

After installing your 4 x 4 cedar post you will need to make sure all of your posts are at a certain height at approximately 6 feet.

Next, it’s time to measure where you will be installing your rails. We recommend three rails for a six foot privacy fence. This helps to prevent warping in the future.

The top rail will be at the top of thee post. The middle rail will be at the mid-point of the post and the bottom rail will be 4 inches off the ground.

Once you determine how many inches down from the top of the post that the rails will go, mark each post.

You’re now ready to install your rails. You will need someone at the other end of the rail to hold it in place while you either screw or nail your rails securely to the post.

How to Set a Wooden Post for Cedar Privacy Fencing

Have you researching how to set a wooden post for Cedar privacy fencing? There are several schools of thought when it comes to setting wood posts for Cedar privacy fencing.

First of all, you need to dig a hole a minimum of two feet deep and eight inches in diameter.

One school of thought is to place the post down into the hole and use the existing dirt from the hole to compact the dirt equally around the post.

The second school of thought and what we, here at Cedar Supply recommend, is to concrete the post. Compacting dirt leads to future problems – especially with high winds. A six-foot fence will act as a sail and will cause a section of the fence to tilt. You will constantly be trying to upright these sections.

Concrete secures the post in position and maintenance to keep the fence line straight should be non-existent.

A Tip About Using Concrete to Set a Wooden Post for Cedar Privacy Fencing

We prefer mixing your concrete in a wheel barrel as opposed to just dumping a dry mix concrete in the hole and adding water.

By mixing concrete in a wheel barrel, you can control the consistency of the product and water to come up with a good mixture that is not too soupy and a thick batch that you can easily apply down into the hole. It should be thick enough that you do not need to brace the post in place.

Remember to mound the concrete at the top of the hole up against the post, so that when it rains, the water will exit away from the post and prevent water from getting down between the concrete and post, which can cause rotting over time.

If you’ve got any questions regarding this or any other fencing, decking, pergolas, pole barn materials, or any other building materials, both interior and exterior: contact us at Cedar Supply. We’d love to help you.