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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by fishhead, Jun 10, 2012.
I've been finding small railroad spikes on an abandoned railroad grade.
Is there any use for them?
We use them here for weight on out catfish set-hooks when set in moving water.
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I have made some yard art out of them but of course not this detailed.
I use them for hooks.
Last fall my wife and I went for a very nice autumn walk along a railroad bed and found quite a few railroad spikes. We took a few home and used them for hooks in some big beams we have in our country style home. (8 x 8 beams that help hold up the house). They work great and look rustic as well.
Whatever you do, don't take them to the scrap yard.
Yep a bunch of them could be good for a year in the pen :shrug:
I've seen blacksmiths make knives of them. Leave the fat end for a handle and draw the other part out for the blade.
My brother used to use them for wedges to get a start in a round of wood, so he could start a larger wedge easier.:happy2:
I sold several tons of them a few years ago. If I remember right about 12 tons along with the rails, plate, and cross ties.
This is an old abandoned railroad that hasn't had tracks on it for many decades. It's a minimum maintenance road now. The spikes just keep popping up to the surface.
I was thinking that they might make wedges for falling trees or heavy duty outdoor anchors.
I like the really little ones about 2 1/2 -3 inches long. I have about 4-5 in my mantle for hooks. I drill a hole first to keep from splitting wood.
We used to have a road like that when I was growing up. The spikes made excellent tire deflators.
if those little bitty spikes have numbers on the head, they might be collectors' items "date nails" that indicated the year the ties were laid. Google "railroad date nails" or check out eBay listings.
I checked completed listings at ebay, "railroad spikes", and saw that hand forged tomahawks were a big seller.
I don't see any kind of numbers on them but they are pretty rusty. I have a bucket of citric acid I used to derust traps so I might toss some in it to see what they look like cleaned up.
Yes, railroad spikes can be used for knives and such. However they are mild steel. Even those marked with HC. It is hard for a RR spike, but not metal in general. For decoration, not usage.
Use them to keep the cat in its place....
I have a harrow made from them