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Getting rid of Railroad Ties #4464814
07/20/17 11:41 AM
07/20/17 11:41 AM
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One Step Beyond
larryinnewyork Offline OP
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28 years ago, I was foolish enough to purchase 30 railroad ties.
I had them around the house, garage, and shed.
Recently, to make life easier for 'future' Larry, I thought I'd get rid of them.

I asked my Nephew if he would help me
* dig them up with a pick-ax
* Cut in half
* Put at the curb for the Town to pick up
He said. "sure, OK"

Fortunately, I was smart enough to get the right tools for the job and was able to do
all the work myself. My Nephew doesn't know how lucky he was.

I bought a Log-Lifter.
Using this tool, I was able to lift the ties out of the mud,
and while lifted, cut in half with a rented chain-saw.
Only took me 3 days using:
* Log-Lifter
* 2 Wheel Cart
* Chain Saw

My advise for anyone doing strenuous work, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB.
Also, don't use railroad Ties for landscaping.

I bought this log-lift on Amazon for $50.00. Money well spent.

4 ties cut in half.

The coveted Log-Lifter.

11 ties cut in half

First load by the curb ready to be picked up.


Second load by the curb.

Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464822
07/20/17 11:47 AM
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ArcticDriver Offline
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Good decision to use a "rented" chainsaw.

Your green lawn looks great!

But how is your nephew going to learn the importance of a college education if he doesn't have to start with manual labor jobs? grin


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464829
07/20/17 11:50 AM
07/20/17 11:50 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
Kira Offline
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Did the garbagemen take 'em? Old, previously buried ties didn't dull the chain too quickly, ehh?

Don't they burn well? Mix 'em in with firewood so the creosote burns completely.

Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464849
07/20/17 12:03 PM
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larryinnewyork Offline OP
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Op here,

I do take care of tools (even if rented).
I hosed off the ties of any dirt where I was going to cut.
Did not abuse the chain saw at all.

The Town came by with a Dump Truck that had a mechanical arm & claw.
Took about 15 minutes to remove first load.

Second load will have to wait for the next garbage day.

I'm just glad I'm done.

Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464858
07/20/17 12:15 PM
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I am surprised you didn't list then on Craigslist. Railroad ties have many uses.
Probably could have sold them.
I made a elevated carport from them in Pennsylvania.
Build a bunker from them for the Big One but garbage- shame.



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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464865
07/20/17 12:20 PM
07/20/17 12:20 PM
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Someone would have dug them up and hauled them off for free.


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4464869
07/20/17 12:22 PM
07/20/17 12:22 PM
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ArcticDriver Offline
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Originally Posted By: larryinnewyork
Op here,

I do take care of tools (even if rented).
I hosed off the ties of any dirt where I was going to cut.
Did not abuse the chain saw at all.

I'm just glad I'm done.


Sure but I bet you didn't return it with a sharp chain grin

Creosote timbers buried in dirt wear out a chain fast based on my years of demo work.


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: hatt] #4464873
07/20/17 12:23 PM
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ArcticDriver Offline
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Originally Posted By: hatt
Someone would have dug them up and hauled them off for free.


And they would have ruined that beautiful lush green lawn in the process. shocked


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: Kira] #4464876
07/20/17 12:24 PM
07/20/17 12:24 PM
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ArcticDriver Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kira
Did the garbagemen take 'em? Old, previously buried ties didn't dull the chain too quickly, ehh?

Don't they burn well? Mix 'em in with firewood so the creosote burns completely.


Shouldn't you add a smiley face emoji to your post so everyone knows you are just joking about burning them?


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: Panzerman] #4464885
07/20/17 12:28 PM
07/20/17 12:28 PM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted By: Panzerman
I am surprised you didn't list then on Craigslist. Railroad ties have many uses.
Probably could have sold them. - shame.


I agree 100%


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: ArcticDriver] #4464888
07/20/17 12:29 PM
07/20/17 12:29 PM
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Waco, TX
Linctex Offline
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Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver

Sure but I bet you didn't return it with a sharp chain grin


Most rental places replace the chain after every rent.

They don't even attempt to sharpen it.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: ArcticDriver] #4464893
07/20/17 12:32 PM
07/20/17 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: hatt
Someone would have dug them up and hauled them off for free.


And they would have ruined that beautiful lush green lawn in the process. shocked

And if they hurt themselves digging up or moving those things, guess who could end up paying?


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: Linctex] #4464902
07/20/17 12:39 PM
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ArcticDriver Offline
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver

Sure but I bet you didn't return it with a sharp chain grin


Most rental places replace the chain after every rent.

They don't even attempt to sharpen it.


That was the point of my original post saying it was a good decision using a rental.


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4465079
07/20/17 03:18 PM
07/20/17 03:18 PM
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Colorado
Big job....


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Re: Getting rid of Railroad Ties [Re: larryinnewyork] #4465090
07/20/17 03:33 PM
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I have several in a pile right now on the farm. I will start a big smudge one day and burn the [censored] down.


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