What kind of screws for cedar fence?

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Old 04-25-16, 07:24 AM
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What kind of screws for cedar fence?

I'm getting ready to put up a Red Cedar fence. I've read a few places that metals can react with cedar and cause streaking, and well, I don't want that.

I have 4x4 Western Red Cedar Posts and 4x8 Cedar Spaced Picket Fence Panels. I'm a big fan six pointed screws, but what I'm not sure of is do I go with a stainless screw or a triple coated deck screw? Also, what size screw should I be looking at for attaching the panels to the posts?

Any help would be appreciate!
 
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Old 04-25-16, 07:50 AM
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Stainless steel will give you best long term resistance to staining. If the panels are 3/4 or 1" thick where you will be attaching them, use a 2 or 2 1/2 long screw. If the panels are 1.5 thick use a 3 inch screw.
 
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Old 04-25-16, 08:00 AM
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I'd use stainless.
What lenght screw you choose depends on how you plan to attach them to the post.
Sometimes I'll use a Craig Tool and 3" long ceramic coated decking screws because there so recessed there not going to be an issue.
Just going to likely have to pick up an extention bit to reach the screws if you go with the Torx head screws.
 
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Old 04-25-16, 11:03 AM
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Thanks! Stainless steel it is. The panels are only 5/8 thick. I assumed I'd have to attach them like so (see image). I'm not sure how many screws are used per panel per side.

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