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Please help me locate a RR...

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... with at least one long string of posts that I know of. (Possibly a web site if it exists.)

The RR in question is outdoors, built up on a frame that is covered on the bottom with hardware cloth and then landscape fabric. The RR is built on top of these layers and thus drains precipitation out the bottom. As I recall there is a long string of stock holding pens at one end.

I am looking for construction details.

We voted tonight on whether to build waist high or on the ground.  voted for on the ground, my knees and back voted for waist high. Waist high it is.
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I guess I'm the guy you're looking for....[:)]

I call this my "shows it all" photo. You can see the benchwork, 1/2" hardware cloth and the landscape fabric. I use 1-1/2" deep lattice roadbed as well as 2x4 "arm rests along the edge for dirt and ballast retention as well as securing the edges of the screening and fabric. This gives me landscaping on top to a nominal 1-1/2" depth. It probably isn't necessary to be this deep but I like the flexibility it gives me. The joists (cross members) are on 16" centers and lege are installed approx every 4 feet. The file below shows the details.

Below is a link to the pdf that Steve Conkle did of the first 3 or so years of the construction of the POC. It's a large file so if you only have dialup it'll take quite awhile to download.
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/stevec/POC RR/POC_Main.pdf

If you need any help feel free to email me.
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Sorry. I guess direct links to the older posts don't work anymore. I assume you'll have to search in the archives. I believe those last two posts were in the Track forum.

Thanks for the too generous comments. As to fitting into the landscape, anyplace a raised planter would be acceptable raised benchwork can also. By facing the front side of the benchwork with cedar fenceboards, (you could also use rock or stone facing or even hedge), the benchwork can be made to blend into the landscape and look for all the world like a planter. On the agenda eventually I'll face mine with cut down cedar fence boards along the front side only where it shows and leave a space below, 4 or 5 inches, to allow water to flow beneath. Drainage is another advantage to benchwork as unlike a filled planter bed it doesn't dam up water runoff.

One caveat is that you have to adjust construction to allow for any potential snow load. That could mean more leg support and/or closer spaced joists. To avoid frost heave use the same construction techniques for the legs as is used for decks in your area.

Full disclosure isn't really necessary unless you're running for office! ;) hehe! Take and use whatever you need and discard the rest. That's what it's there for. The photos too are free for the taking.

I wish you the best on your empire building however you decide to build it and hope to see your own construction photos soon.
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