How to cut railroad ties

Michigan Escapee

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  • Dec 23, 2015
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  • Okay, due to some renovation tasks, I now have a monster pile of some rotten, some roughly intact railroad ties, or one thing comparable trying. Most appear about 8-9 ft vast and coated in some sort of tar like substance, which didn’t combat off the rot so nicely. Numerous nails, rebars, and so on going by them. Would possibly have the ability to use a dozen of them for some sort of raised mattress backyard out again, the remainder, hell if I do know.

    Most likely going to have to get them hauled to the dump by somebody due to being within the metropolis and never having the ability to have a hillbilly hearth of creasote laden wooden.

    zogger

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  • How to cut railroad ties

    PULLINmyPOULAN

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  • How to cut railroad ties

    PULLINmyPOULAN

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  • You guys are gonna roast me for this one.

    I used to burn them. We had fairly a pile of them, and cut and cut up them up and burned them in a range that had a double wall warmth exchanger flue rigged on the factor. 500 cfm fan blew air round about 6ft of the range pile and was ducted over to a extra appropriate location to warmth the trailer. The system was semi-safe as as soon as per week I’d actually ignite a flue hearth and burn the pipe clear. Roared like a hoover for about Four minutes! I do know that the heated air was exiting the factor at 400 deg as a result of one time a management relay fell out when the solder melted (yikes).

    Don’t do that. Your range is not outfitted to deal with actually burning creosote by the pound.

    slicing them up was one other drawback. stuffed with sand and grit. Chainsaw would uninteresting in a minute. Rigged a brief bar to a half of hp washer motor and filed the rakers actually low. It cut like a mutha. and chain velocity was sluggish sufficient that the grid was much less of an issue.

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  • You guys are gonna roast me for this one.

    I used to burn them. We had fairly a pile of them, and cut and cut up them up and burned them in a range that had a double wall warmth exchanger flue rigged on the factor. 500 cfm fan blew air round about 6ft of the range pile and was ducted over to a extra appropriate location to warmth the trailer. The system was semi-safe as as soon as per week I’d actually ignite a flue hearth and burn the pipe clear. Roared like a hoover for about Four minutes! I do know that the heated air was exiting the factor at 400 deg as a result of one time a management relay fell out when the solder melted (yikes).

    Don’t do that. Your range is not outfitted to deal with actually burning creosote by the pound.

    slicing them up was one other drawback. stuffed with sand and grit. Chainsaw would uninteresting in a minute. Rigged a brief bar to a half of hp washer motor and filed the rakers actually low. It cut like a mutha. and chain velocity was sluggish sufficient that the grid was much less of an issue.

    How to cut railroad ties

    Will probably be a fairly difficult course of, if not fairly unattainable. Eradicating creosote from railroad ties might be executed, however the dangers and the work of doing it may be larger than the outcomes.

    How to take away creosote from railroad ties?

    An outdated, used creosote handled railroad tie can be deeply penetrated by the poisonous substance, one technique to attempt could be the sandblasting however the depth of the creosote penetration within the wooden is the determinant.

    Additionally by sandblasting it you expose your self to the fantastic sawdust which is contaminated with the well-known poisonous creosote substance which is thought to be carcinogen.

    One other approach of eradicating the creosote from the railroad ties could be by sealing the wooden. Now I do know that isn’t really eradicating the creosote however sealing it would assist reducing the possibilities of the substance moving into the soil.

    Is there a better approach of how to take away creosote from the railroad ties?

    The third possibility could be obtainable in case you are within the possession of a bandsaw. You’ll be able to cut out of the all 6 faces of the railroad tie up to a pair inches, or as a lot as is required to take away the creosote impregnated wooden. By doing so you’ll find yourself with a thinner, smaller railroad tie.

    The entire choices talked about above do not assure the profitable elimination of the creosote, the substance may need gotten actually deep into the tie, making it unattainable to take away.

    How to cut railroad ties

    One of many really nice trying enhancements that anybody could make to their sloped panorama is within the railroad tie retaining wall. One of these wall has super character constructed into it with the vast railroad ties, discoloration, gouges, and even historical past. As soon as the bottom is ready, the method of constructing a railroad tie retaining wall could be very easy. It’s labor-intensive, although, and does take a number of time. Paying consideration to the method is essential to be sure that the wall will stay standing for a few years to come. Listed below are a number of the errors to keep away from when putting in a railroad tie retaining wall.

    Not Holding the Floor Even

    An important a part of the whole means of constructing your retaining wall is having a fair floor to work from. Many individuals get in a rush and rush to get the wall accomplished. They don’t take the time to even out the bottom that the ties can be sitting on. Take the additional time to use a stamper, and a stage, to be sure that the bottom is stage and stable.

    Not Holding Ties Staggered

    Working with railroad ties signifies that you should have to cut them to totally different lengths to stagger them as you proceed to construct the wall. This staggered layering will add a number of energy to the wall as every joint between the ties is interlocked moderately than simply sitting on prime of one another.

    Not Utilizing Anchor Ties

    When constructing a retaining wall out of any materials, and particularly with railroad ties, you have to have some kind of tie between the wall and the bottom it’s holding again. With railroad ties you must use a Four foot size of a tie that goes straight into the hillside and can be resting on the wall itself. This may give the wall added energy by making use of the ability of the hillside to maintain it in place.

    Not Utilizing Rebar Via Ties

    Some individuals don’t notice that rebar have to be used within the wood railroad tie retaining wall simply as a lot appropriately used with a mortar wall. The rebar works inside the wall itself to give it added energy. You’ll need to take the time to drill into a number of items of the railroad tie and set some rebar into the opening.

    Not Utilizing a Water Barrier

    A plastic felt that goes beneath the primary course of railroad ties, and the again of the wall, have to be used to preserve water away from the wooden. Even whether it is handled, sitting in a puddle of water will eat its approach by the therapy after a protracted time frame. Maintain the wooden protected through the use of a water barrier.

    Not Utilizing Stones or Pipes for Drainage

    Earlier than you start laying out the railroad ties you also needs to put in place some drainage for water that comes down the hillside. This needs to be within the type of stones or a drainage pipe or each. This may be both straight beneath the railroad ties or a couple of inches beneath the bottom the place the ties can be positioned.

    HadleyPA

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  • I agree with looking for nails or spikes but additionally ballast (rocks) embedded within the ties.

    SteveH

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  • I’ve executed it a number of instances. I take advantage of an outdated bar and outdated chain. You may have to put up with the odor of the outdated creosote. The wooden chips from slicing laid over the bottom and smelled dangerous for days. I additionally wore work garments I tossed within the machine afterwards to cut the odor from them, they picked up the creosote odor, too.

    It was value it, although. Was constructing a retaining wall and had some tie trimming to do and it saved me a bunch of time. I do not advocate respiration the mud, should you make any, as it may’t be any good for the lungs.

    May need to clear up the chain(s) afterwards, get the gunk off. Will depend on how heavy the creosote is within the ties you cut. I’ve had to clear them some instances and different instances I did not want to. Relies upon.

    Michigan Escapee

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    • Dec 23, 2015
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  • Okay, due to some renovation tasks, I now have a monster pile of some rotten, some roughly intact railroad ties, or one thing comparable trying. Most appear about 8-9 ft vast and coated in some sort of tar like substance, which didn’t combat off the rot so nicely. Numerous nails, rebars, and so on going by them. Would possibly have the ability to use a dozen of them for some sort of raised mattress backyard out again, the remainder, hell if I do know.

    Most likely going to have to get them hauled to the dump by somebody due to being within the metropolis and never having the ability to have a hillbilly hearth of creasote laden wooden.

    zogger

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    • Dec 23, 2015
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  • How to cut railroad ties

    PULLINmyPOULAN

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    PULLINmyPOULAN

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  • You guys are gonna roast me for this one.

    I used to burn them. We had fairly a pile of them, and cut and cut up them up and burned them in a range that had a double wall warmth exchanger flue rigged on the factor. 500 cfm fan blew air round about 6ft of the range pile and was ducted over to a extra appropriate location to warmth the trailer. The system was semi-safe as as soon as per week I’d actually ignite a flue hearth and burn the pipe clear. Roared like a hoover for about Four minutes! I do know that the heated air was exiting the factor at 400 deg as a result of one time a management relay fell out when the solder melted (yikes).

    Don’t do that. Your range is not outfitted to deal with actually burning creosote by the pound.

    slicing them up was one other drawback. stuffed with sand and grit. Chainsaw would uninteresting in a minute. Rigged a brief bar to a half of hp washer motor and filed the rakers actually low. It cut like a mutha. and chain velocity was sluggish sufficient that the grid was much less of an issue.

    cantoo

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  • You guys are gonna roast me for this one.

    I used to burn them. We had fairly a pile of them, and cut and cut up them up and burned them in a range that had a double wall warmth exchanger flue rigged on the factor. 500 cfm fan blew air round about 6ft of the range pile and was ducted over to a extra appropriate location to warmth the trailer. The system was semi-safe as as soon as per week I’d actually ignite a flue hearth and burn the pipe clear. Roared like a hoover for about Four minutes! I do know that the heated air was exiting the factor at 400 deg as a result of one time a management relay fell out when the solder melted (yikes).

    Don’t do that. Your range is not outfitted to deal with actually burning creosote by the pound.

    slicing them up was one other drawback. stuffed with sand and grit. Chainsaw would uninteresting in a minute. Rigged a brief bar to a half of hp washer motor and filed the rakers actually low. It cut like a mutha. and chain velocity was sluggish sufficient that the grid was much less of an issue.

    Wholesale Handled and Stress-Handled Railroad Ties

    Ties are bought in truckload portions, which is roughly 250 ties

    Bridgewell is without doubt one of the largest wholesale suppliers of recent and used railroad ties in america. Our clients are Class I railroads, quick traces, municipalities, and contractors. Our product line consists of new AREMA grade in addition to industrial-grade cross ties, change ties, relay ties, street crossings, and bridge timbers. We provide customized slicing and treating of our lumber and timbers.

    Wholesale Handled and Stress-Handled Railroad Ties

    Ties are bought in truckload portions, which is roughly 250 ties

    Bridgewell is without doubt one of the largest wholesale suppliers of recent and used railroad ties in america. Our clients are Class I railroads, quick traces, municipalities, and contractors. Our product line consists of new AREMA grade in addition to industrial-grade cross ties, change ties, relay ties, street crossings, and bridge timbers. We provide customized slicing and treating of our lumber and timbers.

    New Railroad Ties

    Distinctive choice with a alternative of bulk choices, prepared for supply. Select handled or untreated.

    Used Railroad Ties

    Incredible wholesale choice for farmers, ranchers, landscapers, contractors and lumberyards.

    Railroad Bridge Timbers

    For building or upkeep, choose handled or untreated.

    wmthrower

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  • Semi chisel chain would seemingly be higher then full chisel on this job.When you do hit steel(odds are towards you)most likely is not going to do as a lot injury to the cutters in contrast to full chisel.I additionally suppose semi chisel is healthier in soiled cuts however by no means cut any railroad ties.

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  • Sadly I will not have the choice to do a lot to the ties. My coworker is utilizing them as fence posts. They’re already within the floor and desires to have a few of them trimmed for top. Hopefully the climate will wash off what dust could also be on them. So far as the stuff within the wooden, I assume I haven’t got a lot alternative.

    I hope that I did not open pandora’s field

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  • Jacob J.

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  • Will go along with the Lead Paint Chips I ate as a toddler.

    MasterBlaster

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  • How to cut railroad ties

    Lewis Brander

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  • Chopping Rail Street Ties:

    The fellows have talked about fairly a couple of ideas. The one factor I’d add is, I believe that I’d cut my bar oil with a little bit of deisel gasoline or Kerosene to preserve the creosote from build up and or gumming up the noticed. JMO. Lewis.

    Invoice G

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  • A couple of factors to add gasoline to the fireplace.

    Granted I’m no skilled on railroad ties however I’ve put fairly a couple of within the floor. I’ve by no means seen one a lot over Eight ft. I’m certain there are some longer however I believe the bulk are Eight ft. You mentioned you might be trimming off fence posts. I see no cause to trim them except the man placing them in my too lazy to dig a good gap. At worst you’d have 48″ within the floor and 48″ above. For line posts we will skimp and put 42 down and 54 up. There is no such thing as a cause to trim a put up beneath 48″ I desire 9-10ft posts thus ties typically don’t work aside from line posts. in best conditions you set 60″ beneath and 60″ up. As for the S formed iron it’s simply ultimately and needs to be simply visable. I haveer by no means trimmed the highest off a tie however I’d query if the cresote penetrated the tip grain down a protracted distance. When you trim the highest off you might be exposing contemporary finish grain to climate.

    I’ve a pair leftover railroad ties from a retaining wall I constructed and I would love to flip them into benches. Relatively than sit on the outdated tar coated exterior although I would love to cut a little bit of it off as on this fantastically drawn picture:

    How to cut railroad ties

    That may be a profile view so you’re looking at it from the facet. Principally I would love to go away about 6 inches the total top on either side then cut a curve about two inches tall in order that the seat portion is 6″ thick.

    How do I make this cut and what instruments will I would like?

    Take into account that the lumber is 8″ x 8″ x 10′ so getting it up on a workbench is out of the query.

    How to cut railroad ties

    How to cut railroad ties

    Four Solutions 4

    I do not know the way “fairly” it wants to be when its executed however tough cuts can simply be executed with a chainsaw or a reciprocating noticed with a protracted sufficient blade. A fast search exhibits blades which might be 10″ lengthy which may be sufficient for the reciprocating noticed. A 12″ pruning blade like this dangerous boy from Amazon for instance.

    How to cut railroad ties

    Won’t be the very best instance however so long as the gullets are deep sufficient ( they would wish to be for this. ) it ought to work.

    Making wedges from the edges till there’s sufficient room to work the device although the 6″ area.

    Want to be actually cautious utilizing the chainsaw. Very harmful device. Particularly for the stance you would possibly want to make this cut.

    When you had an outdated type monumental hand noticed for ripping the tie I think about that might work in addition to seen on this weblog

    How to cut railroad ties

    Coming at it from the facet with a broad axe would work as nicely. In the identical vein as how logs are tough formed into timber. You can additionally cut vertically down was a noticed (hand or powered) a number of instances throughout the size of the seat and come out the waste with a big timber chisel or slick.

    How to cut railroad ties

    Creosote

    Very like I mentioned in my remark these ties are generally handled with creosote which is a recognized pores and skin irritant amongst different well being considerations like inflicting chemical burns. When you may be avoiding publicity by sealing it I’ll nonetheless point out this as a result of the danger is there whereas processing the tie as nicely (sawdust and what not.). Even when nobody sits on it. Your pores and skin and lungs are usually not value it.