Are railroad ties illegal to use?
Every EPA site said the same thing about the main preservative in old railroad ties: “Creosote is a possible human carcinogen and has no registered residential use.” So it’s actually illegal to use old railroad ties in a home landscape. There are no approved residential uses of creosote treated wood.
How heavy are old railroad ties?
An average wooden railroad tie weighs about 200 pounds but can range from between 100 and 300 lbs. depending on size, wood type, and age. A typical 8’6″ tie made of oak will often weigh about 200 pounds while softer woods will weigh less. Older ties will tend to be more dried out and weigh less.
Are railroad ties good for landscaping?
Absolutely, people still use railroad ties for both decorative and functional purposes in landscaping applications. Landscaping companies also use railroad ties when designing scapes for both residential and business customers. Ground maintenance becomes easier when they’re used, too.
Why do railroad ties not rot?
Railroad ties are treated with an oil-based preservative (creosote). As opposed to water, which evaporates, oil doesn’t dry. This can result in the creosote migrating out of the wood timber, especially if it’s a large, vertical piece. A prime example of this is telephone poles.
What kind of railroad ties do they use?
Railroad Crossties. Relay (or premium) grade railroad ties are available for pickup or delivery. While used, “relay” grade means that these are the only ties railroads can safely re-use or “re-lay” for new track.
Where can I buy railroad ties in Tucson?
Few local results found. Here are some from nearby areas. Checking ‘include nearby areas’ will expand your search. USED Steel Guardrail | Great for Corrals, Fencing and More. . .
What does relay grade mean on railroad ties?
Railroad Crossties. Relay (or premium) grade railroad ties are available for pickup or delivery. While used, “relay” grade means that these are the only ties railroads can safely re-use or “re-lay” for new track. Relay grade is therefore a better quality than anything else being sold, such as #1s, #2s or #3s.
How many railroad ties are in a bundle?
Twenty-five ties are found in a “bundle;” all ties within our bundles are exactly the same size. We sell ties individually as well as by the bundle. Please call for prices, delivery options and the availability of exact sizes.