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Poor finish on railway sleepers

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shazchip Sat 23-May-20 10:01:59

So we recently had our garden done and a new low wall built with railway sleepers as part of that. They're not nicely finished, very rough and sort of splintered (I've attached photos).

I want to make it all smooth so we can sit/stand on it without getting splinters. I know nothing about DIY - do I just need to get some rough sandpaper and work on it with that or will that just bring up more splinters? Anybody know what I should do?

Thanks in advance!

GreyishDays Sat 23-May-20 10:03:36

Yeah sanding should work. You can get a sanding block (£5 ish) to make it much easier or an electric sander (£25 ish) if you want some fun.

shazchip Sat 23-May-20 10:32:06

Thankyou ☺️

twostripycats Sat 23-May-20 10:36:50

Oh looks lovely OP! We’re actually just about to do very similar in our garden. Is that real or artificial grass? We’re going down the artificial route blush

PigletJohn Sat 23-May-20 10:59:42

I think it will take a very long time sanding it, even with a power tool. If you want to try, a coarse paper will remove material fastest, but a fine one will make it smoothest. So start with a coarse one to get the roughest bits off. Round the corners, where splinters will be worst.

if it was me I think I'd use a planer, then sand off the edges.

Use a dust mask, goggles and gloves. You will need to wash your skin, clothes and hair afterwards. Some people (I) react badly to breathing wood dust.

daisypond Sat 23-May-20 11:02:14

Are they new railway sleepers or repurposed ones? They look new.

shazchip Sat 23-May-20 11:04:07

@twostripycats
Thanks!
No it's real grass - a pain to maintain but I love the smell and feel of real grass and want my kids to play on real grass. Also I can't bring myself to replace the lovely spot of nature we have with yet more plastic.

totallyyesno Sat 23-May-20 11:04:15

We’re going down the artificial route blush
Why??

shazchip Sat 23-May-20 11:05:29

@PigletJohn
Thankyou for the advice! I think I'll try with sandpaper first before buying an actual power tool. Good advice on the mask/goggles..

shazchip Sat 23-May-20 11:07:02

@daisypond : not sure, the landscapers put them in. I'd guess they're new if you say they look it.. smile

Bluntness100 Sat 23-May-20 11:09:30

You can get a sanding attachment for your drill. Would make it much easier than messing about with paper.

Bluntness100 Sat 23-May-20 11:10:34

Is that real or artificial grass

It’s very clearly real grass, plastic grass is generally very obvious and doesn’t look like the real thing up close.

twostripycats Sat 23-May-20 11:42:35

Ok Bluntness. Some of the ones I’ve been looking at online do look very real in the images.

twostripycats Sat 23-May-20 11:43:53

@totallyyesno because we live in Scotland where it rains most of the time and the grass will be wet and neither of us have the time or inclination to look after it.

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