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Old 02-01-2014, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am installing a stranded bamboo floor. I was wondering if this would be good for ties?


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Old 02-01-2014, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think that it would be a good candidate for something exposed to the elements. Assuming that your are talking about the flooring that is made up of glued strands of bamboo, I would be concerned about its long term ability to not de-laminate. While the bamboo itself is kind of resistant to various rots and insects who know what the glue's properties are and what effect ground and weather exposure will have. Depending on the brand I would also be concerned about the glue's UV resistance. To my knowledge the UV resistance of the flooring is usually due to its surface finish and not inherent in other components of its manufacture.

Also, this type of flooring is very hard on the Janka Hardness scale and driving spikes in it will be rather difficult without drilling. And, once the spike is driven in, will it stay put or work itself out over time?

I guess you could make a small section to test in the elements to see what happens after a while. Perhaps make some ties and place then in water for a couple of weeks or longer to see what happens. Just keep in mind all of the various weather related elements the ties will be exposed to throughout the year(s) in your particular area.

I would think it's better to use more traditional lumber such as cedar or heart redwood. But many people have success with products and techniques that others do not. Perhaps you will be one of those who have success, but from my view it looks doubtful.

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"Stranded bamboo floor is the best bamboo flooring because It's made up with thick wood material which can absorb moisture & give you the best services as compared oak wood for long time.So go with stranded bamboo flooring will give you the best result"

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The Santa Fe railroad was looking for a long lasting wood and thought they had found the perfect tree down under. They planted a large grove in southern California, they only harvested one tree, seems as though Eucalyptus grows with a twist and they couldn't cut a flat tie!
The grove became an oasis in N San Diego county aptly called Rancho Sante Fe.
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I can see RSF from my railroad, besides the twist, eucalyptus splits easily, won't hold spikes. Limbs fall off from healthy trees, called "widowmakers" in Australia.



Funny, the people in RSF think it's named after Santa Fe New Mexico. They get upset when I tell them their elite community is named after a railroad, and their trees a failed experiment.


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Well, the railroad was named for the city, so there is just one level of indirection.
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And eucalyptus has a lot of oil in it. Burns fast and hot as we found out when the Oakland CA hills went up in smoke in the 90's
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Yep, we had a bad fire in La Costa, just west of us, and that is west of Rancho Santa Fe.


The trees burned, and then lit the old cedar shake roofs of La Costa. We were standing in our to-be-completed house, which was framed but not sheathed, and were ducking cinders, and we were 3 miles away.


We have a small grove of eucalyptus just down the hill from us, between us and the golf course, and we do worry a bit during fire season.






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The railroad just picked the wrong variety of Eucalyptus, Australian railways have been using them since the 1800's
You will find that when Eucalyptus burns it is most likely the oil that catches first, it is released from the leaves and the tree does what the firefighters call "Gas". It is observable when it starts as the tree has a haze around it which then violently erupts like a petrol fire. It is not fun to be around and when I first experienced it I was absolutely terrified as it happened so fast.
Eucalyptus evolved around fire and will come back fairly quickly after one.
In the last bushfire season there were what is termed "ember attacks" in excess of 10 Km away due to the strong winds.

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