Re: HELP with Nature trail upgrade & erosion control
Don Newcomb (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 19 Aug 1992 08:03:21 CDT
> Scott says thanks, and he is on the phone arranging for poles.
> It helps when the "phone pole guy" is a neighbor, and was active
> in scouts til he recently retired. Scott just said that he
> (phone pole guy) says to use rail road ties, and told him where
> to call!! Maybe this is easy after all!
Well, if he can get some GOOD RR ties they are hard to beat. One problem
is that the RRs seldom junk ties until they are only good for landscaping.
If he can get enough sound ties, he can lay them about 1 foot apart
across the trail and then spike treated two-by-sixes to the ties as
a decking. If he can get some gravel he should dig out a footing for
each tie then fill with gravel and level. He may also have to spike
a two-by-six along the top of each tie as old ties tend to be very
uneven and laying the decking directly on the tie could result in an
uneven surface. Also, for wheelchairs, a ramp and a two-by-four on
edge at the edge of the deck to give a 2 inch curb.
A word od CAUTION! Creosote is very nasty stuff and most RR ties are
heavily creosoted. Long sleve shirts and heavy gloves are in order
when in contact with creosote. Have him ask the "phone pole guy"
about this. Creosoted wood is very hard to cut and will gum up
most saws. And something I was taught by an old gandy dancer, each
worker should have 6 foot length of rope. Don't pick up the tie
with your hands. Loop the rope under the pole or tie and pick it
up by the rope. Much easier on the back.
Donald R. Newcomb Naval Oceanographic Office
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