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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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Bill Gill Posted - 05/31/2020 : 07:59:02 AM
A moving experience captured on video, Good Going, Dave.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/30/2020 : 11:35:14 PM
Alright!!
Orionvp17 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 10:49:49 PM
Congratulations, Dave! It runs!

Pete
in Michigan
railman28 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 9:39:11 PM
all right Dave! Congratulations. It's looking good.
jbvb Posted - 05/30/2020 : 8:13:24 PM
Yay progress! Careful application of needlenose pliers and a 4" knife file will often do wonders for bumps in the RoW.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 7:17:56 PM
Not bad for the first run!!
deemery Posted - 05/30/2020 : 6:55:48 PM
It's alive! http://www.earlyrail.org/hon30-firstrun.m4v The test loco is a nice heavy Kato N scale F unit. Not sure how well my small & lighter HOn30 locos will do, there are definitely rough spots and hesitations. But at least it moves!

dave
deemery Posted - 05/28/2020 : 09:13:36 AM
If it's too tall, I'll bump my head on the benchwork. That's the probelm with my current 18" homemade stool.

dave
jbvb Posted - 05/27/2020 : 9:12:11 PM
Search for 'mechanics rolling seat'; most are a little higher than 12", but they can carry tools with you under the layout.
Orionvp17 Posted - 05/27/2020 : 7:00:04 PM
Glad to hear this, Dave! Congratulations!

Pete
in Michigan
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/27/2020 : 6:52:40 PM
Glad you found it relatively quickly.

I think doing the wiring on my layout is one area where my impatience serves me well. As soon as i get a frog wired I have to fire up the power to check it out.

Everything looks neat and organized under your layout.

Mike
tloc Posted - 05/27/2020 : 4:35:17 PM
Dave glad you found it.

TomO
deemery Posted - 05/27/2020 : 3:00:37 PM
Progress... First turnout had the frog feed mis-wired. Of course, that shorted everything out. I'm slowly moving down to where the rest of the turnouts are.

Step by step, inch by inch....

update: Done!! One mis-wired frog can mess up your entire track bus. And several of them were wired backwards.

At least now I have the debugging pattern down. But I need to build a 1' tall stool to sit on, so I don't have to stretch to work on the underneath wiring.

dave
Orionvp17 Posted - 05/27/2020 : 2:14:28 PM
Dave,

Also have a very close look at every turnout to ensure that an eighth-inch long or shorter piece of solder is not crossing a gap. Do this before you cut any wires! Don't ask!

Pete
in Michigan
Carrie Creek Posted - 05/27/2020 : 1:44:26 PM
Dave, you might want to double check the track gaps. If you used some pc ties check that the copper cladding has the proper gaps.

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