I believe if you will ask any home inspector, they will tell you to never have wood in contact with the ground, it attracts termites and wood rot. Yet almost every time you see a privacy fence, it is installed with wood posts placed in a hole in the ground. The wooden post is the weak point in your privacy fence. The main problem is that wood rots when it is in contact with the ground.  In my opinion, that is one very weak link in fence building. I have thought for a long time there should be a way to stop using wooden posts when installing a privacy fence. Well, I may have found the answer. I found a product designed to connect wood fence rails to round metal posts. These fasteners are sized to fit the standard 1-1/2 or 2 inch diameter pipe posts like those used in chain link fences. The fasteners are secured to the posts with a bolt or a set-screw and then they are fastened to the fence rail with 1/4 X 1-1/2 inch wood screws. The product is the Simpson Strong-Tie Pipe Grip. If you are building, or re-building, a privacy fence, I think this would be a great product to consider in extending the life of your new investment. See the pdf below for the overall concept.  

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