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04-02-2013 07:34 AM

Are these infused with anything horrible or are they good candidates for reclaimed wood projects?

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 07:54 AM

Look up creosote…specifically, coal-tar creosote.

No, you don’t want to use them, except to build a retaining wall or planter.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 10:04 AM

Yeah that is what I was afraid of. Thank you Jay.

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 10:24 AM

You can’t clean that stuff off of anything. Posts and landscape work is about it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 10:33 AM

This might be interesting for some:

What is required by New York State law?

Article 27, Title 25, (27-2501 through 27-2513), of New York State Law, requires that after January 1, 2008:

Creosote or products containing creosote shall not be manufactured, sold or used in this state. Wood treated with creosote that is in use in this state as of such date may continue to be used in such use.

Neither creosote nor any wood or other product treated with or containing creosote shall be disposed of in this state, except in a permitted facility, in a landfill permitted by the department and approved by the department to accept this material and properly lined to prevent groundwater contamination, or by any other method approved by the department.

Neither creosote or any wood or other product treated with or containing creosote shall be burned in any manner in this state, including in fireplaces and stoves, except in a facility permitted to burn the specific type of creosote waste.

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 01:57 PM

Many former creosote wood-treating facilities are on EPA’s National Priorities List (highest priority for cleanup) including this one in NJ which treated railroad ties.

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 02:27 AM

you do not even dare to burn them!

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 11:45 AM

Creosote is a cancer causing agent you don’t want the wood in your house . I know this because I deal with railroad ties soaked in this stuff . If the creosote is still wet it will burn your skin .

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