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Type of rails used for bedding sand?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Clarkscape, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Clarkscape

    Clarkscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Guys,
    Over the past 4/5 years I have used 1" galvanised steel rails to set my grade for installing my bedding sand. I've noticed that some of the rails are no longer true, as I remember them when I bought them. Some now have slight bends to them so I am weeding them out. Before I buy more, I had a question...
    I saw another guy using 3/4" or 1" cube stock, steel rails and wondered if maybe they were a more durable than what I have been using. Thoughts? What do you use?
     
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    I use 1" od steel pipe.

    If you wanna be like me then that's what you gotta do




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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,747

    I use 3/4" gas pipe and union them together
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  4. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Contractors are still using pipes?
    I use them once and a while when it's a square or somthing similar prep. 1" EMT GAL Pipe I found works the best. I've seen some other guys out there using PVC, 2x4's and 1/4" metal pipes.
    Definitely want to go with a 1" pipe.
     
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Posts: 1,892

    I have used gas pipe and pvc both work well if your base is flat the pvc is great. if you have imperfections go steel. thick wall is a must.
     
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea i found pvc to be too much work to keep straight. If youre going to do this more than once just buy the gas pipe
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  7. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,272

    We use 1" O.D steel pipe and I weld a piece of 3/4" pipe inside them sticking out about 6"s on one end so I can slide the pipes together making them as long as I want. It also keeps your screed from hanging up on the unions.
     

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