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#1 posted 03-05-2021 06:27 PM

I think a better solution would be to use PVC pipe and glued fittings. The panels would be light, easy to fabricate, and won’t rot in contact with the ground. I read a recent test report that indicates that UV light does not adversely effect the strength of the pipe. It will, in time, discolor it, but will not effect the overall strength. And you can always paint it if you want to. You don’t mention how you plan to hold them up without posts. I suppose you could use diagonal props. I think wind could be an issue at times. I would stake them down to hold them in place.

If you elect to use wood, I would advise the use of pressure treated. For what you are doing, I think that pressure treated fence slats would be a good material. They are inexpensive and durable. I would just lap the corners and screw them together. Put in a diagonal brace if you want more rigidity. Use exterior glue if you want to. Also, use an exterior stain or paint if you want to.

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