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elle sagenev
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Wasn't sure in which category to place this. We have a lot of telephone poles. I'm thinking about using them for the framing of our root cellar. Is that too toxic?
 
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elle sagenev
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Bummer
 
Jay C. White Cloud
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Sorry Elle......I know that sucks!!

I have tried everything over the years to make these work for folks...

I have slathered them with wax, 10 coats of lime wash, (even cement wash which I just despise using), box them in with wood, and many other esoteric "maybe this will work" kind'a things...

NO GO...As Dale suggested...never by food or garden, and I now won't even try to use them for anything as cutting them is hideous...

Sorry again for being a bummer...
 
William Bronson
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My farmer friend dressed in hazmat gear to mill these into fence posts.
He expects many,many decades of service and only a few of contaminated soil, but he is not recommending these to anyone else.
Got any stones? Even urbanite rubble would be better than the poles...
Ive considered sinking non-potable, sealed 55 gallon plastic drums of water into the ground as the walls of a root cellar.
A sturdy roof with insulation, perphaps the silver bubble wrap, a gravel floor, might be a cool place to nap in the summer...
 
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