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    • HeWhoDares
    • By HeWhoDares 6th Feb 18, 6:10 PM
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    Railway sleepers for a path
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:10 PM
    Railway sleepers for a path 6th Feb 18 at 6:10 PM
    Hi,
    We have a garden which is just mud. We have a puppy arriving in three weeks and need a quick and cheap solution for the garden.
    We will turf most of it, but I would like a path up the middle.

    Railway Sleepers look like a good option - but are they? I'm thinking of digging a trench, put down some plastic and lay them side by side.

    Would this work? Would they rot? Would they be dog friendly?

    Any tips greatly appreciated.
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    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 6th Feb 18, 6:16 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:16 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:16 PM
    Go careful, cos some have been treated with oil and this can ooze out in hot weather, you can get clean ones so check
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 6th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
    AVOID. They were treated with chemicals
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    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 6th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
    You can't buy sleepers now that have been creosoted. They are just tantalised wood, the same as any exterior timber.

    Regardless, creating a path made up just of timber is not a good idea at all as it gets mouldy, slippery and isn't the best way to do it at all. If you want a super cheap path, get some used concrete slabs for free on gumtree, dig a shallow path out, line it with sharp sand and lay the slabs down on top.
    • HeWhoDares
    • By HeWhoDares 6th Feb 18, 8:56 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 8:56 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 8:56 PM
    Thanks - that's all I needed. I thought more people would be doing it otherwise!!
    Cheers all
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Feb 18, 10:50 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 10:50 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 10:50 PM
    How about concrete sleepers laid upside down?
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    • HeWhoDares
    • By HeWhoDares 6th Feb 18, 11:11 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 11:11 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 11:11 PM
    I've seen some decorative concrete railway sleepers - they look like wood!! These are pretty reasonably priced and avoid the problems of decay and seemingly horrible treatments.
    I'll definitely be investigating these further.
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