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Rr tie pergola

hi guys, I'm wanting to utilize some new rr ties that I recently purchased for a pergola for my hot tub. Problem is that they wreak, I don't believe I or my guests would be able to tolerate it. Any suggestions to mitigate the smell or seal it?
 
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What kind of smell is it? Were they used in a horse stable? I wouldn't try to seal them.
 
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Donito has apparently never walked along an old railroad track!

The smell is creosote or some other equally noxious smelling concoction that is meant to act as an oily wood preservative. The smell gets worse in the sun and heat. Doubtful there is anything you can do to lessen the odor.
 
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Yeah...full sun 100 degrees ain't pretty. Any idea how long I takes for the smell to go away
 
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Years....
I have real railroad ties that are very old and still smell of creosote.
That substance was designed to preserve the wood for a very long time.
 
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I'll tell you, probably never go away. I've seen them used as retaining walls that were in place for 20 yrs and they still stunk. Go smell a telephone pole that's been standing that long...still stinks.

Sorry, I think you need landscaping timers. Not those wimpy Big Box things. Some big 'ole lumberyard style, like 8"x8". Either that or re-think your design using more commonly available sizes.

Btw...it's "reek" not "wreak" (as in cause or inflict).
 
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I have some RR ties shoring up a hill side and haven't noticed them having an odor but it's inside the goat's fence and my sniffer no longer works good.

While a pigmented shellac might seal the odor I agree that next to a hot tub [or anyplace people will congregate] isn't a good idea!
 
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Thanks for pointing that out gunguy I thought it looked funny but didn't have the energy to consider it any more than I did haha.
 
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Your right Xsleeper, the closest I ever went to a railroad track was the NYC subway. I was told that the other tracks were too dangerous especially if a diesel train passed at high speed, it could suck you under the train.
 
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Ended up using the ties for a trellis. Used an iron gate for the lattice
 
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I think that was a good choice...and it looks nice too. And it's back away from where people will be congregating. Good call all around.
 
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