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shadow8989 03-20-2012 11:01 AM

railroad ties
 
how long will they last, when used in landscaping?

Daniel Holzman 03-20-2012 02:28 PM

What type of preservative was used on the railroad tie? And what condition is the railroad tie in?

joecaption 03-20-2012 02:51 PM

I would not use them, reason being the reason they were removed was they were approching the end of there expected life span.
Use 4 X 4's, 4 X 6's, or 6 X 6's. There all rated for below ground use.
I'd also pass on using landcape timbers. Read the tag on the ends of them, says right on the tag not rated for below ground use, what happens when you back fill, there now below ground and will rot out over time.

Cornhusker Joe 03-20-2012 08:42 PM

RR ties
 
They were removed because they were approaching the end of their useful life as ties. In my area, most are removed as "spike kills", meaning they will no longer hold the spikes securely. I have corrals made from ties that the butts in the ground are still sound after 40 years. Most ties will last long after you get tired of them. In my opinion, pressure treated wood is very temporary when buried.

Joe


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