How thick do sleepers need to be?

Sleepers that are at least 75mm (3 inches) thick are the best to use. Anything thinner can be too weak, and can easily buckle or warp or break.

How do you fit a sleeper for a retaining wall?

Constructing a retaining wall out of upright sleepers is pretty straightforward. Simply dig a trench, lower the sleepers in vertically side by side, and then backfill with a dry concrete mix, that you can ram down around the railway sleepers untill the wall is rigid.

How do you cut a sleeper?

Cut your sleepers with a circular saw or a chainsaw by slowly making clean, straight cuts. Use a square angle ruler to make sure your sleepers will fit perfectly. Alternatively you can ask for sleepers to be precut which The Luxury Wood Company is happy to do.

How much does a 2.4 m sleeper weigh?


Type Garden Landscaping Sleeper
Length 2400mm (2.4m)
Material Softwood
Finish Treated
Weight 28kg

How high can a sleeper retaining wall be?

The usual ‘rule of thumb’ is that one-third of the overall height should be buried: So, if a 2400mm long sleeper was to be used, 800mm would need to be inserted into the ground and concreted in place, with 160mm above ground.

Can you lay sleepers on soil?

Can you lay railway sleepers on soil? Yes you can. If you’re only creating a structure that’s one or two sleepers in height you don’t necessarily need foundations, which means you can lay your railway sleepers onto the soil.

How far apart are railway sleepers?

There are various types of sleepers and methods of securing the rails to them. Sleepers are normally spaced at 650 mm (25 ins) to 760 mm (30 ins) intervals, depending on the particular railway’s standard requirements. Traditionally, sleepers (known as ties in the US) are wooden. They can be softwood or hardwood.

What size are wooden railway sleepers?

Sleeper Sizes The most common length for railway sleepers is 2.6 metres or 8ft 6″ long. The most common width is 250mm or 10″. And the most common thickness is 125mm & 150mm (5″ & 6″).

How do you fix sleepers together?

When fixing railway sleepers together, use steel landscaping screws as they are strong, won’t corrode if they come into contact with timber treatment, and are available up to 250mm in length. With a hexagonal head they can be put in place using a power drill.

What is the best benchtop thickness planer for wood?

The Wen 6550 Benchtop Thickness Planer helps refurbish worn-out and jagged wood by giving a smooth finish to it. WEN 12.5 inches Benchtop Thickness Planer with Granite Table repurposes raw and deteriorated wood to provide it with an incredibly smooth finish.

How do you use sleepers for retaining walls?

Sleepers may be used vertically or horizontally when building a retaining wall. Horizontally laid sleepers are recommended for low level walls. It is vital to use the coursing method described above in order to strengthen your wall and maintain its integrity. Prepare a 50mm deep footing for your wall using a sand and cement mortar mix.

What is the difference between a thickness planer and a jointer?

The main difference between a thickness planer and a jointer is their functionality. A jointer helps you even out the surface or create a flat surface. However, a planer is used to reduce the thickness of a wooden surface while also serving the role of a jointer by helping smoothen a surface.

How much does a planer weigh?

It is a compact machine of around 92 pounds and has an efficient 15-amp motor. These two components make the planer powerful enough to manage deep cutting efficiently in tougher hardwoods.