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Where can I buy scaffold planks or railway sleepers?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:17 pm    Post subject: Where can I buy scaffold planks or railway sleepers? Reply with quote

I need scaffold planks or railway sleepers to make some raised beds in the allotment. The condition does not matter as they are only going in the plot... Does anybody know where I might get some? I have tried contacting a local company and on line web sites as well, and no luck. I am in Northern Ireland and I do need delivery because I do not have a car. Cheers!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: hi Reply with quote

hi ,try your local hire place.they might sell and deliver.jack
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I found a company in Springtown Ind. Estate. They have good prices, but unfortunately they don't do deliveries.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariafp wrote:
Thanks. I found a company in Springtown Ind. Estate. They have good prices, but unfortunately they don't do deliveries.


Check out a local Neighbour and offer to cover his costs and a Pint to collect your Timber also with the Recession Builders Yards are selling Scaffold Planks a lot cheaper than Sleepers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geranimojess wrote:
mariafp wrote:
Thanks. I found a company in Springtown Ind. Estate. They have good prices, but unfortunately they don't do deliveries.


Check out a local Neighbour and offer to cover his costs and a Pint to collect your Timber also with the Recession Builders Yards are selling Scaffold Planks a lot cheaper than Sleepers.


I can't find any at the moment. I will keep checking.
Much appreciated!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRy donedeal,com
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I know you're in Derry Maria but
If anybody needs used scaffold planks in Dublin and surrounding counties, there's a supplier with good stock delivering them in those areas.
He's on Donedeal and similar websites
under Used Scaffold Planks.
Regards,
Bobby Z
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. The minimum delivered is 20 planks and I do not need as much. I am going to ask if someone is looking for planks as well. I have also found a couple of local ones, but they are pretty expensive. Much appreciated,
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi mariafp,

I looked at used scaffold planks for raised beds. All were terrible looking covered in cement, plaster and paint (not great for organic gardening) and most were badly damaged espically at the ends making them hard to screw together.

I finally bought clean untreated (no contimination) 16ft long 2in x 6in planks at B&Q for 12 in the "Free State", probaly a lot cheaper (like most things) up ther in the UK. If you bring a hand saw you can cut them in half (8ft) in the car park and bring them home in any hatchback car. Then when you bring them home cut them in half again for 4ft lenghts.

I made 12in high beds (for root veg) using 2 boards on top of each other and only 3 planks x 12 = 36 makes a 12" high bed 8ft X 4ft (6in high bed would only cost 1Cool.

Dont forget to use Mels Mix in the beds as the unGodly weather we get on the islans needs lots of drainaige see http://www.squarefootgardening.org/home
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you ever finish these beds? just starting some myself & would love to see some pics if you took any of the build
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking about raised beds i'm in the process my self for making some, was going with a 8 foot by 4 foot beds, prob put in about 4 to start off with, and i'm thinking about using scaffolding planks after seeing some of the prices on donedeal, my original plan was to use 9 by 1 timber.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

foxroxks, have a look at my www link (to a thread here on boards). I've posted the odd few pics of my raised beds.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

foxroxks,

I finished the raised beds last year, I started them three years ago, attached is a photo taken today, not much happening.

I dug up the winter Kale & Broccoli this weekend as they were starting to go to seed.
The first early spuds are under the fleece since 29th March and nothing above ground yet.
My winter Garlic and Onions are really struggling with the cold, I planded some summer Garlic cloves and Onion seedlings that I started from seed last week.
I also planted some Cabbage and broccoli this weekend.

There is much more going on in the greenhouse, I planted Tomatoes, Peppers and Courgetts that I started from seed yesterday and they are dooing good so far.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks very neat Smile what height are they off the ground there? a foot?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks very good LIUS. Nice tidy job.
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