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- Subject: Re: railroad ties - strength
- From: "Robert Kazanjy" <rkazanjy(--nospam--at)gmail.com>
- Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 08:43:19 -0800
On Dec 29, 2006, at 6:32 AM, Jim Getaz wrote:
> The ties I see taken up from the railroads around here (I cross six
> sets of track in a 2¼ mile commute) might be good as landscape timbers
> but I would not build with them. The railroad pretty well wears them
Even as landscape timbers, you may have pollution issues from
preservatives leaching out. They should never be burned in fireplaces
or wood stoves.
Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania
They'd gather them up, grade them & sell.
Some of the ties were a mess....splits, cracks...basically unusable these were the cheapest...often times people would buy these & chain saw them up & use the good sections as vertical members in some sort of landscaping scheme
of couse this was all done in the days when people still thought that creosote was pretty much stable in the timbers or if not, that leaching wasn't a big deal, now we know better
My sister used them for a raised bed garden back then even though I commented "that doesn't sound like a good idea"...they were cheap & thus the attraction
The grading system (the little I can recall) topped out with "re-lays"....ties good enough to re-lay, ie use again
so the strength of the ties is highly dependent on the "grade"...re-lays being nearly as good as new, lower grade not so good.
but a RR tie would have to be pretty messed up to have strength less than a 2x8
Creosote (a coal tar product) is nasty stuff, I used it about 25 years ago for some wood preservation apps & even tiny drops flicked onto my arms from the brush burned like crazy
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