I hope its ok to post here . I did think of posting it on a gardening
newsgroup but as it about sealing wood, I though the expertise would be
I sectioned off part of my garden to let it overgrow to help with the wild
life. I thought it would be a good idea to enclose the area using old
Did not give a thought to the fact that they would smell of creosote or
something similar and one touch and your covered in it.
The grandchildren come round to play sometimes and I know they will climb on
Is there any paint or sealant that I can use so the preservative stays in
the wood and not on my grandchildren.
Are you assuming that they will smell and be dirty, or have you found out by
trying them? I'm surprised that old railway sleepers will still smell
sufficiently to be a problem, and likewise the dirt factor.
My only experience of this is that last year I creosoted the most vulnerable
parts of my shed then a few days later I sprayed it all over with B & Q's
own brand of dark brown sprayable shed and fence preservative, and the
preservative covered the creosote and dried fine, no different to the areas
that I hadn't creosoted. The creosote was some old genuine stuff, not the
substitute that is on sale now.
The "weeping" sleepers in my garden I covered in sand to soak up the tar and
on the "kid" accesable parts covered with decking. Works well apart from
decking is rotting in places (continuous immersion), maybe I should croesote
the decking !!!
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