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Old 19-05-2003, 12:08 AM
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I just put in a lot of railroad tie steps in my sloped yard. I did this in
the winter (California) and now the sun is out and all the railroad ties are
oozing creosote. I tried cleaning with gasoline but the creosote just came
back and clean up was a mess. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean
them or possibly put some other material over them so I can use the steps?

Thanks - Jim



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Old 19-05-2003, 12:20 AM
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On Sun, 18 May 2003 22:11:36 GMT, "James Eick"
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I just put in a lot of railroad tie steps in my sloped yard. I did this in
the winter (California) and now the sun is out and all the railroad ties are
oozing creosote. I tried cleaning with gasoline but the creosote just came
back and clean up was a mess. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean
them or possibly put some other material over them so I can use the steps?

Thanks - Jim



Creosote is forced into the timber under pressure to preserve the
wood, the only cure is time, and we are talking many many years here.

All the gasoline would do is wash off the surface, it would soon be
replaced by more creosote oozing to the surface.

You could try sand on them, not particularly scenic but workable.


Dave

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Old 19-05-2003, 03:56 AM
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I tried cleaning with gasoline....

Sorry I can't help you, but adding gasoline to your environment is not
a good idea.

vince norris
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Old 19-05-2003, 06:32 PM
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Creosote is forced into the timber under pressure to preserve the
wood, the only cure is time, and we are talking many many years here.

All the gasoline would do is wash off the surface, it would soon be
replaced by more creosote oozing to the surface.


Mr. Fouchey said it right, nothing you can do will prevent the
saturated creosote from oozing until it is ready to. One problem with
using them for steps is getting the creosote tracked in to the house.

Bryan
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Old 20-05-2003, 04:20 PM
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"James Eick" wrote in message ...
I just put in a lot of railroad tie steps in my sloped yard. I did this in
the winter (California) and now the sun is out and all the railroad ties are
oozing creosote. I tried cleaning with gasoline but the creosote just came
back and clean up was a mess. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean
them or possibly put some other material over them so I can use the steps?

Thanks - Jim


Do the same thing you would do for new asphalt- sprinkle coarse sand
on them.
You will track a lot less goo that way.
Barring that you could fasten 1" decking to the tops but that would
still leave the faces exposed.
Putty knife for the big blobs and then some sand would be my choice.


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Old 22-05-2003, 08:56 PM
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"James Eick" wrote in message
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I just put in a lot of railroad tie steps in my sloped yard. I did this

in
the winter (California) and now the sun is out and all the railroad ties

are
oozing creosote. I tried cleaning with gasoline but the creosote just

came
back and clean up was a mess. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean
them or possibly put some other material over them so I can use the steps?


Buy a box of donuts. Put them on your counter for one week. Then, bring them
to the numbskull who suggested railroad ties, and took your money. Tell him
"thanks, a-hole".




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