Has anyone here ever used hog panels to make porch/deck rails? DH and I need to replace the rails on my porch and we are thinking of trying this- saw some pictures recently of houses which I thought looked pretty good. Question- The porch has 6"x6" posts and we thought that we would use 2"x4"'s for the top rail and then cut some actual dimension 1 1/2"x2" pieces to frame the panels between just below the 2x4's. Our question is this- How much of a concern is rot on the bottom rail if we use this method? The rail will be under the covered porch but rain does occasionally blow up onto the porch and could soak the rail. Wondering if we should take the time to putty any gaps around the hog panel before painting, but don't want to spend the time doing so unless it will make an appreciable difference.