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Old 03-01-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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I have a project that requires using RR ties on a sloped grade which may be 15-16 linear feet of slope. Any suggestions on the best way to accomplish that?

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I have a project that requires using RR ties on a sloped grade which may be 15-16 linear feet of slope. Any suggestions on the best way to accomplish that?
Can you give us some details on what "requires using RR ties on a slope" means? Are you building steps? Are you building a retaining wall? If a wall, how high? Stepped? Curved? What will it be filled with? What is the purpose? What's the drainage like in that area? Does the ground freeze where this will be built? You gave us the run, what is the drop over that distance?

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Try to avoid a RR tie (or PT 8x8) wall more than 5 or 6 courses high; less is better.
Try to terrace the hill from the bottom to top in 2 or 3 (or more) portions.
Learn what a "dead man" is.
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I just hate seeing anyone use rail road ties for anything.
Reason being there were removed for a reason.
When they reach a certin age there replaced. The reason there replaced is there starting to rot out.
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I just hate seeing anyone use rail road ties for anything.
Reason being there were removed for a reason.
When they reach a certin age there replaced. The reason there replaced is there starting to rot out.
Ayuh,..... 'round here,... it's good ties that outlived their Railroad.....
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