Replacing Railroad Ties Around Sandbox

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Old 05-05-12, 08:02 AM
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Replacing Railroad Ties Around Sandbox

In the accompanying photos you will see a plastic storage shed that is sitting in a sandbox. The borders are 20-year-old railroad ties and I would like to replace them. The problem is that if I just go ahead and remove the ties, the sand will pour into the lawn and cause the shed to tilt in that direction.

I thought I would ask here for any suggestions on how I might go about replacing the ties without disturbing the sand too much. There's not a helluva lot of room between the shed and the ties, especially at the front corner where there is only a few inches.

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Old 05-13-12, 04:42 PM
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If sand is all there is between the timbers and the shed, you might insert some of the bender board that is used to make curved pours in concrete between, and stake it as you remove the timbers. That likely would hold the sand in place until you install whatever replacement you have in mind.

Hope this helps.

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Old 05-13-12, 07:09 PM
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Do what Chris said, and wet the sand down. It will maintain it's pack while you remove the ties and replace them.
 
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