We moved in a house at Dallas area and the wood post at my deck has a big crack in it, I read some post that it is normal, but if I don't treat it, will it keep cracking. Thanks a lot of any suggestions.

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It is normal for that type of post in the south. To treat the wood and not affect the color use a linseed based sealer.

The applicator I've linked to is only intended as a reference as there are several manufacturers and styles of rough surface applicators.

Linseed Oil

Linseed Oil

Rough Surface Applicator

  • would you provide a product link you recommend? Thanks.
    – J.W.
    May 22, 2016 at 14:05
  • I edited my answer to include the links.
    – bigbull15
    May 23, 2016 at 3:25
  • Second two links are dead. Also, seems like a squirt bottle might be good for getting the oil into the deeper cracks. Oct 4, 2019 at 20:43
  • Links have been updated.
    – bigbull15
    Dec 6, 2019 at 15:00
  • Probably worth noting that oil won't cause the cracks to disappear - just slow wood movement so they don't get much worse. Dec 6, 2019 at 15:39

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