Upstate New Yorker here (in case weather/geography matter).
This summer my big project was to put a (spruce) fence around our whole back yard. I got about 75% of the way and have to call it quits for the year (it's getting too cold). So I've got a big pile of 8ft long fence panels sitting in my driveway.
I've been told by numerous people, and confirmed online, that you need to wait 6 - 12 months before staining a wooden fence. Something to do with letting it "weather"/"age" and dry out. So the 75% of the fence that is already installed is good to go, and come Spring 2016 I should be able to stain it no problem.
But what to do with the ~25% of the panels that are sitting in my drive way?
Ideally I'd like to be able to install them next Spring, and then stain the whole fence in one fell swoop. This means that the ~25% pile needs to be aging/weathering right along-side the panels that are already installed. My only options are:
- Move the pile to the back yard; or
- Move the pile into the garage
All that matters is that the pile needs to be in a place where the panels can age/weather the same way as the installed panels do.
- Does this mean I'll need to store them a certain way? For instance, is it ok to just leave them in a stacked pile, or do I need to prop them upright and space them out, etc.?
What's my best option/strategy here?