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deemery Posted - 04/11/2018 : 10:24:02 AM
I'll start a blog to talk about constructing my new layout.

First, the space. We finished part of the basement to serve as layout space, shop space and some extra living space. It's my 'playground' but that doesn't mean I get to use all of it for the layout.

This room is dedicated layout space. Unfortunately the building inspector insisted I had to build a closet around the electrical panel in the left corner, and that really messes things up.

I can also extend into part of the general living space.

The shop area is against the back wall, and I'll use the near right wall for the main yard.

We also built a 3/4 bath in the basement (and that drove the construction budget well over estimates, since we had to do an up-flushing drain system to the septic field.)

I did some special electrical arrangements in the basement. First, one of every pair of outlets is switched. That means I can hit one switch and make sure all tools and DCC equipment is turned off. I also added some ceiling outlets for layout lighting, and those are switched separately from the main room overhead lights. The flooring is high quality vinyl plank with integral thick cork base. This stuff is supposed to be 'waterproof' (but the basement is very dry), and it's a lot more comfortable to stand on than the concrete slab. The oak color matches the flooring in the rest of the house, and more importantly it's relatively easy to find most things I drop on the floor.

dave
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jbvb Posted - 02/13/2020 : 08:47:20 AM
My experience fixing other people's suitcase connectors is why I have all wire nuts under my layout. The little blue ones will even connect two telco 24 GA solid, though I only do that temporarily.
deemery Posted - 02/12/2020 : 9:09:36 PM
I was in that strange mood to work on track and wiring. Today's frustration was with suitcase connectors. The wire I'm using for my bus has pretty tough insulation, and I broke almost half of the connectors trying to get the metal bar through the insulation. So I didn't finish. But I did make significant progress, got several spurs wired in, connected one part of the layout that I started ad didn't tie to the bus, and then started on the lead to the staging yard.

dave
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/12/2020 : 5:10:38 PM
Nice job, Dave. Came out well.

Pete
in Michigan
George D Posted - 02/12/2020 : 4:36:06 PM
Nice looking mill, Dave. I like the way you've built it into the hillside.

George
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/12/2020 : 3:03:11 PM
Looks fantastic. A very impressive structure with all those windows and fieldstone foundation.

Mike
deemery Posted - 02/12/2020 : 2:48:07 PM
I touched up the paint on the outflow casting.


dave
BurleyJim Posted - 02/10/2020 : 08:28:17 AM
Looks good, expect a visit from the EPA inspectors.

Jim
railman28 Posted - 02/10/2020 : 12:26:22 AM
I agree it came out nice.

Bob
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/09/2020 : 6:40:45 PM
quote:
Originally posted by deemery

I have to correct the color on the arch and touch up paint inside the tunnel, but overall this came out very nice.

dave




Dave,

"Correct" the exterior, visible part, maybe, but I'd consider leaving the tunnel interior alone... it looks great, and used....

YMMV.

Pete
in Michigan
deemery Posted - 02/09/2020 : 6:18:33 PM
In addition to some track work, I worked on the mill race outlet.

I have to correct the color on the arch and touch up paint inside the tunnel, but overall this came out very nice.

dave
wvrr Posted - 02/01/2020 : 10:44:02 PM
I really like the look of the mill and the new arch. That is really nice.

Chuck
deemery Posted - 02/01/2020 : 9:00:38 PM
Credit goes to Russ Greene, both the arch and the stone wall behind it are NE Brownstone products.

dave
jbvb Posted - 02/01/2020 : 7:47:06 PM
What they said.
railman28 Posted - 02/01/2020 : 7:30:29 PM
The hole looks like nothing but the arch is sharp.

Bob
tloc Posted - 02/01/2020 : 7:19:37 PM
The whole scene seems right and very well done to me.

TomO

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