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mrs bouquet

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Railway Sleepers
« on: April 15, 2017, 19:05 »
I have some in my garden, which stand on end, and are used to retain the hill-side.  They have gone a lovely silvery colour, but I remember DH used to coat them with something to repel the rain and frosts each year, the trouble is I have forgotten what he used.  I would like to retain the lovely colour of them -  Would it have been Linseed Oil - If not what shall I use,  thanks, regards  Mrs Bouquet
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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 10:14 »
If they are the  old "real" sleepers that were pressure treated with bitumen, I suspect that it would have been creosote, but alas, creosote isn't what it used to be. (What is?). That's what Gramps used on his. Beautiful smell :D.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2017, 10:16 by arh »

mrs bouquet

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 14:20 »
No these aren't the bitumen treated ones, they are just natural wood Mrs B

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 14:24 »
It may be teak oil.  They sell it in garden centres for use on garden furniture.  It makes wood go a deep golden brown.

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 16:58 »
Or Danish oil like you use on Wooden worktops maybe? More likely linseed or teak though I'd have thought
« Last Edit: April 16, 2017, 16:59 by snowdrops »

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 23:01 »
They still sell real creosote. You have to have a license to apply it and store it. It's only recently (4 or 5 years ago) that building merchants asked for a license. Some are still not paying attention to the law. All farmers and small holders can or automatically have a license.

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 16:37 »
i was thinking of using railway sleepers as a retaining wall. does anyone have any pics how they would look in this or similar use?

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Re: Railway Sleepers
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 17:04 »
I use Cuprinol Clearwood treatment, I got mine from Screwfix, product number is 9915F
http://www.screwfix.com/p/cuprinol-5-star-complete-wood-treatment-clear-5ltr/9915f#product_additional_details_container



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