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Preserving wooden fences and ridding wasps

Q. I just bought property in Revere. Part of the deal included a wooden fence that has seen better days. The house was built in 2002 and I assume that the fence went up around that time as well. My guess is that very little attention has been paid to the fence as it is dry and brittle and definitely could use some “moisture.” I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it before I know it can be salvaged (or not). I read on the Web that an antifreeze would be a good wood preservative to serve well enough before using a more expensive commercial wood stains. What do you think?

TOBY, at Northeastern University

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