Are railroad ties safe for gardens?

Answer On One Hand: They are Not SafeRailroad ties are not safe to use in your garden because they contain coal-tar creosote, a poisonous, thick, black substance used as a wood preservative for railroad t... Read More »

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How do I cut railroad ties?

PreparationPlace two cement blocks on the ground to serve as your cutting table. Measure and mark the tie where you want to make the cut. Check the tie for any metal hardware and remove it if found... Read More »

How long are railroad ties?

Railroad ties come in four basic lengths, depending on use. Class one railroad ties are eight feet long. Hardwood railroad ties are eight to eight and one-half feet long. Crossing railroad ties are... Read More »

Where can I get a few old railroad ties?

Ask your local railroad yard or you can often special order them from places like Home Depot, Lowe's or Menard's or other home improvement outlets.

Can I put tile on railroad ties?

Yes you can tile over railroad ties, but the wood has to be prepared for the installation. Because the wood is rough and not level, you'll need to sand the surface and level it with compound. By tr... Read More »