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Maybe someone can tell me if my concept works.
I get pallets and used 2x4s often. I would like to do cement or gravel post holes, set the pallet over the hole and stand it up. Linseed oil a 2x4, thread it through pallet and set it into post hole then cover the fence with cob. Put rocks at base to prevent wicking. Nail rain cover to top of pallet fence
Will it work?
 
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I don't know if it will work,  but I like it!
I have used stones and gravel above ground in buckets,to support two by fours,  it worked quite well.
For in the ground a water shedding concrete cap over a lined gravel might serve.

There are some DIY boric acid formulas for wood preservation, might be even cheaper than linseed oil.  

The use of a rain cap on top makes a lot of sense, setting each pallet on a layer of stones might be a good idea as well.

I have been playing with an air stapler/brad nailer, using it to reassemble pallet wood.
I'm convinced that it's one of the most efficient way to stick thin pieces of wood to things.
To cut down on digging holes I would use two posts for every 3 pallets or so.
Next to air nailing,  baling wire might be the cheapest way to tie them together.
Tying enough  pallets in at right angles to the wall might eliminate the need for posts in the ground.

I hope to build a low retaining wall from soil filled pallets, with willow staves as the posts, so I can have both a quick and long term fencing solution.









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Sounds good. I might go with bale wire. I'm on an extreme budget. I have to pay off land before I'm free to buy tools. Seems like I should adhere that cob to the stone foundation. I bet it's top-heavy so maybe going wide at bottom and narrow at top
Might be a fun experiment.

Thousand and one uses for pallets eh
 
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I'd suggest putting the posts up and attaching the pallets to them from the side.  Then if a pallet rots out, you can replace it easier.  Maybe.  If I'm following the idea.
 
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You have a good point.
Most of my terraced front yard is held in place with walls made from untreated wood.
I drive scrap metal stakes in front of a stack of boards or logs, and when the wood rots out, I replace it.
The wife doesn't like how they look, and neither do the neihbors, but I made one nice bed, and got nothing but complaining anyway.

Putting the stakes outside of the pallet,  keeps the mud off,  which could be a good thing or not.
It also means either more stakes, so the pallets are held up on both sides,  or a way of fastening the pallets to the stakes.
 
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Since I might want it to look nice for selling I want to cover the pallets.
 
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If the pallets are nice enough and you can fill the gaps with matching pallet wood, they may not need to be covered.  Here's a fence I built last year:  Pallet zig zag fence
 
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