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Re: Railroad Ties

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Posted by John A. on April 27, 2013 at 07:54:50 from (

In Reply to: Railroad Ties posted by Fawteen on April 27, 2013 at 03:35:17:

Fawteen, In 1970 Dad bought 300 Cross-ties for $.25 ea and the man Delivered and stacked them. In March of 73, we started a large fencing project on the place.
We used the Cross-ties for Corner post. Set up in a Double-H fashion set mostly at 4.5 to 5 ft deep!. Our longest run was 3/4 of a mile. Full Suspension Fence. Meaning the Corners hold the entire pull, with only steel post in-between. This year the fence is 40 yrs old and and still doing the job it started 40 yrs ago. 10 yrs ago we went down the fence retying every wire to every post. Only real maintence that had ever been needed on the fence. The Cross-tie Corners just a strong as the day they were put in. Just 40 yrs older.
By in large the Cross-ties have serves our place well. Our soils run from Calachie hills to a Houston Black Clay Derivative soils. Mostly well drained. Most folks Do not expect a fence to last so long, but most of ours have. I bought a bundle of 20 about 22 yrs ago. That set was used on a crowding alley. Don't know where they came from but that set has not fared as well as the Ties we bought back in 1970.
Personally I like Cross-ties better than Cedar post, But not as well as 3 in pipe! If your soils is salty then pipe is not a good solution.
Hope this helps!
John A.


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