How long will sleepers last in the ground?
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Similarly, you may ask, how do you fix railway sleepers to the ground?
Sink the bottom sleepers into the ground to half their depth, drill holes in the sleepers at 1m centres, 25mm wide by 75mm deep. Tap 150mm long dowels into the holes, fix the next layer of sleepers by locking dowels into matching holes. Drill and fix the next layer of railway sleepers.
Also Know, how do you stop sleepers from rotting? Another way to defend against rot is to try to form a protective barrier in between the treated wood and the soil. This can easily be accomplished by stapling a water-resistant tarp to the side of the wood wall that will be in contact with the soil.
Additionally, can you lay railway sleepers on soil?
You can also place the sleepers directly on the soil but you might have issues with water pooling around the edges, causing the wood to rot quicker. If you decide to lay them directly on soil, put down a waterproof plastic membrane first to reduce contact with moisture.
Do garden sleepers rot?
Like all wood, sleepers will eventually rot and fade when exposed to the weather. To prevent them falling to bits before their time, you need to use a good wood preserver.