Is there a way to stop railway sleepers seeping tar in the sun/hot weather?
I have got 2 huge oak railway sleepers at the front and back of my patio which we use as steps. The problem is when the sun beams down on the garden, thick black tar oozes out of the sleepers and you cannot step on the beams at all.
Is there any way of preventing this from happening? I cannot replace the sleepers as it would involve taking up part of the patio which has only been down a year!
Question answered by Stephen
I am sorry but railway sleepers and telegraph poles and things like that are treated in that way for a purpose. They are pressure treated with chemicals and tar to stop them from drying out, if they didn't can you imagine what would happen to railway sleepers with thousands of tonnes or trains going over them they would just dry out and crumble and telegraph poles would snap like twigs.
You could try covering them with marine plywood or some other water resistant board or even decking if it wouldn't compromise the size of the steps.
How to build a retaining wall from railway sleepers?
I need to build a retaining wall in our back garden, it needs to be 2 metres high by about 25 metres. Thought it may be nice to construct it from railway sleepers, does anyone know how to do this? Was wondering how deep the sleepers need to be buried and how to construct the footings. Any help/info is greatly appreciated.
Question answered by It is me
You will find that building a structure of that size and it's purpose will come within the grounds of building control from your local council
A guy wanted a retaining wall built to his design, founds too close the surface, no pillars, only returned on one side and worst of all, not designed by a structural engineer. I built it in hollow blocks etc... but he will have problems with movement, and guess what happened!! Building control came along and said "You should have sought building regs on that, it's considered major works. This was smaller than what you propose.
Sleepers won't be up to the job. You need drainage behind the wall, thickness's sorted, foundations for ground conditions calculated and basically get it calculated out by a structural engineer.
In fact, a retaining wall is normally made of two parts. The bulk strength of the wall (thicker at the bottom, re-bar bedded into foundations running up through the wall, pillars built in) is designed to do the work and then faced off with brick, sandstone etc.. In your case, sleepers.
So I would advise to follow the route of asking building control first then seek to get it designed by a structural engineer. You'll be surprised at what loads soil and water can have in which directions forces exert pressure and don't forget frost heave.
99% of walls are built against this advice, that's why they lean and eventually need sorted.
How do you secure hardwood railway sleepers to a concrete base?I?
Hi,I am building a pond out of hardwood railway sleepers,which are like blocks of concrete!..How do I secure them in place on a concrete base?
Question answered by fritya56
probably dont need to they are that heavy , just pin through the sleeper and watch you dont cut the pond liner , does look nice with sleepers , keep at it .
Where can i get railway sleepers from?
I live in South east Wales and need to try to get hold of some railway sleepers if i can, Most companies i have spoken to want a fortune for them, i am not really bothered about condition as i can sort that out myself, anyone got any ideas?
Question answered by BritWord
It is not easy to get genuine railway sleepers any more. There are health and safety issues ..... you may recall that the toilets on UK trains discharge directly onto the tracks. You can buy new blocks of wood that call themselves railway sleepers but they are smaller. You can buy them from timber merchants and DIY stores and, as you say, they are expensive for what they are.
When creating a retaining wall from railway sleepers, do I need to lay foundations?
I have a steeply sloping back garden and want to terrace it by creating two 'steps' from/into the slope. I was thinking of using reclaimed railway sleepers to create the retaining wall of each 'step'. I realise I will need to bolt the sleepers together side by side/ontop of each other...but, do I need to sink them into the ground or anchor them someway? Or will their own weight keep them steady and keep in the earth?
Each retaining wall will only be two sleepers high, so 2 foot apprx.
Question answered by omajust
I'm supposing you are from across the water.
A whole lot of earth that is heavy, on a steep slope, adding the weight of water from a rain and you might have a problem.
I would talk with a gardner or a person familiar with the earth where you want to place the rail ties (sleepers)-- You might lengthen the time of having your terrace completed, but you might also save yourself a lot of money, sore muscles and anguish.
I had a bed on flat ground, three ties high, filled with dirt, connected with rebar ( steel rods that are cheap and are used to reinforce concrete) and rail spikes for several years. It is very sturdy and was a booger to demolish. But the factors you mention are a very different story.
anyone know the price for railway sleepers for a garden project?
hi im after some railway sleepers, anyone know the price of them, need to form a retaining wall. im in brighton sussex, does anyone know of somewhere local, and what cost. cheers.
Question answered by willzz
Anything from £15 to £30 depending on there condition, you can also get new ones, they are a little more expensive but don't have the 'character' of the used ones, shop around because it is one of those items that varies in price from place to place. Good luck.
What is are railway sleepers? Easy ten points!!!!! ?
What are railway sleepers? I need an understandable explanation... Thank you in advance to all who answer. Ten points for the best one!
Question answered by Hsquared
Oh dear the other poster is way off beam. Railway sleepers are the wooden supports that the track is laid on to anchor it to the ground. Old railway sleepers used to be popular for use in making raised beds in the garden but the fashion has largely faded. These days concrete sleepers are used as they are more durable and can withstand the heavier and faster trains that we have these days.
how do i build a raised flower bed out of old railway sleepers?
i would like to build a raised flower bed for my daughter i have old railway sleepers quite large
Question answered by Auntie Anne Arkey
Before you build anything, just make sure the sleepers you have contain no arsenic. creosote or other chemical. Here in the US, sleepers used to be highly infused with toxic chenicals to preserve them and inhibit vegetation growth around them.
If you are comfortable they are clean and uncontaminated, just plan the pieces so they "dovetail" at the ends. They can be spiked together, screwed in, braced with two lengths of vertical wood at each corner (8 pieces) or simply left. Staple a thick, black plastic all along the inside of the formed bed before filling with dirt/medium.
How to make railway sleeper pond on slope?
Sleepers will support the front /sides of the pond. Pond could be lined any way-need to be able to establish best option.Thought tanks with outlet near the top could support a hose which could then be iserted into hole made in railway sleeper and then connected to something like a water blade, which would then run into the next tank below
Question answered by oil field trash
There are two things you should realize about railroad ties.
1. They are usually used. That means the railroad thinks they have reached their useful life and have been removed from the road bed. Some will still last a lifetime, some 10 to 20 years and some can rot out in just a few years.
2. Most railroad ties are treated with creosote. This is considered a toxic substance and a possible carcinogen. Not something you might want around a pond.
I have several retaining wall around my property made with railroad ties. They are a real problem and will in time have to be replaced. I wished I had started out with a concrete block system similar to the keystone blocks or the newer ones that look like stone.
Would railway sleepers hold back my raised lawn.?
My Dad done a raised lawn & held it back with upright small logs which worked for about 7yrs but have now rotted, I was thinking about putting 3 old railway sleepers there now, will they need securing in any way?
Question answered by heleni
Yes, they will work fine - I'm actually doing something similar in my garden right now. You'll need to secure them with bolts or metal rods like other people have mentioned.
You'll find it difficult to get hold of old railway sleepers nowadays, although occasionally you can find them in reclamation yards. They are not recommended for use on surfaces that you touch (like seats etc) because the treatment used when they were on the railway is toxic. They are also a right pain to cut because they tend to have nails and ingrained dust from stone chippings etc.
The good news is that you can buy new sleepers from garden centres and builders merchants, which avoid both of these problems. Typically you'll pay around £20-£30 for these, depending on where you go. Finally - if you do need to cut any, you'll find it a lot easier if you have a circular saw or chainsaw.