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    My modeling activity has been put on the back burner for the season and outside projects, plus a large basement project is underway. With the grass growing faster than I can mow it, I guess adding fertilizer doesn't help, getting the boat ready to take to camp and cleaning up an outside area for a building to house the 2 boats, one car and the tractor for the winter takes a big chunk out of modeling time. Best I can do is check into the forums and see what's going on.

    As for the basement project I've finally come to the conclusion that it's time to get rid of all the things that followed me home over the last 20 years and it was time to get serious about building a layout. So the first thing to go was the Buffalo Forge Drill press. I'd powered it with a treadmill motor. Great variable speed capability. It went to the wife's nephew who build pulling trucks.



    GONE. Time to move the lathe and drill press.



    The lumber has arrived to build up the wall which will be insulated. Code says you need to insulate 30" below the frost line. I decided on the full 8 foot. Also new LED lights are temporarily hung. I do think they will stay where they are and the wiring will get neatened up. Right now they are daisy chained. They plug into each other to form a chain.



    And this is what happens to the rest of the basement "storage" area.





    The first section of wall is up.



    So the object of this project is to finally get the basement organized for a layout. This first part will be setting up the machine shop area which will contain the lathe, Bridgeport, small surface grinder and perhaps the Grizzly mini-mill. Then on the right will be the wood working shop. Looking at the 5th picture you can see the beam running horizontally with a post in the center. Those will be the division points for the two rooms. The whole length of the beam from left to right will be walled in with doors large enough to move equipment in and out.

    An another project is to convert my Sherline mill to use ball screws. They don't wear out like the lead screws that came with the original machine. Only difference is they are metric. I'll see how that all works out when I get to that. That won't happen till fall or winter. This was delivered yesterday.



    So if you don't see me around it'll because I'm either at the summer cottage or busy with the above mentioned projects. Also on another note and why I have some many 1:1 projects is that the wife finally retired in March and I can't get away with doing "jigs & fixtures" because she's home all day.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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    Nice big open (and hopefully DRY!) basement!

    dave
    Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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    • #3
      Have fun that’s the main thing. Wish I had the knowledge to use those machines and the need. Looks like a great space.

      TomO

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      • #4
        Yee Haw! Better contract a 'grass man' or you'll have NO time for the boat. I thought I had a load of "&$#@" , you make me look almost normal. It'll be a great setup when you get done with it, don't lose your focus, and God bless you!

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #5
          Isn't your moisture barrier on the wrong side of the wall??

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          • #6
            Bernd, it looks like your ambitious projects are a good reason for taking time off from modeling.

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #7
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              Dave said:

              Nice big open (and hopefully DRY!) basement!


              It’s as bone dry as the Sahara Desert. The house is built on a slight slope that drains any water to daylight that might get into the basement. No sump pump to worry about when the power goes off. [^]

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              TomO said:

              Have fun that’s the main thing. Wish I had the knowledge to use those machines and the need. Looks like a great space.


              I am having fun finally getting rid of stuff I've tripped over the last 20 years. Anybody can learn to use machines like that. All it takes is the proper teacher and a willingness to learn. Only reason I have them was about 10 years ago I was very interested in 1.5" live steam. So I started looking for larger equipment. Then I lost interest and went with three different scales. That didn't work, :erm: so I finally settled for one scale and three gauges. I hope this works out for me. (P.S. I think it finally will)

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              Jim said:

              ee Haw! Better contract a 'grass man' or you'll have NO time for the boat. I thought I had a load of "&$#@" , you make me look almost normal. It'll be a great setup when you get done with it, don't lose your focus, and God bless you!


              Might get a couple of goats as mowers. Should make you fell good somebody else has got a bigger mess than you. No losing focus now, I’m on a roll. It’s been bugging me for a long time to get rid of stuff that kept getting moved from one corner to the next and never getting used. [!]

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              railmus said:

              Isn't your moisture barrier on the wrong side of the wall??


              Notice that the walls are poured concrete. They are 10” thick and the outside wall is covered with a rubber membrane that is glued to the wall to keep moisture out. The inside is a vapor barrier in case the walls “sweat” from being cold and have humidity in the basement.

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              George said:

              Bernd, it looks like your ambitious projects are a good reason for taking time off from modeling.


              Yes, it is an ambitious project [:-bouncy] but when coming down the stairs and seeing all that “junk” laying around got to me after a while. I figured it was time to get rid of all that “previously enjoyed junk” and fill it with a layout that I would enjoy more than the items I collected. I’ll post more as I progress with this “ambitious project”.

              Here’s a couple of under construction pictures of the house. All the walls are poured concrete walls. The last picture shows about 2/3’s of the basement before items of interest started following me home. If I remember right I’m in the process of wiring the house from the looks of the wires hanging down.








              Bernd
              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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              • #8
                Bernd,

                Preparing an area for building a layout counts as modeling activity.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • #9
                  Hi Bernd, looks like you have a big job on your hands!

                  Best of luck with it!

                  Greg

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                  • #10
                    Wow, what a great space for a layout!

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Michael Hohn


                      Bernd,

                      Preparing an area for building a layout counts as modeling activity.

                      Mike


                      Thanks Michael, never thought of it that way.

                      Bernd
                      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Ray Dunakin


                        Wow, what a great space for a layout!


                        Yes it is Ray. problem though it fills up with non-railroad items fast.

                        Bernd
                        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                        • #13
                          "Mess expands to exceed the space available." That's always true, no matter how much space you have....

                          dave
                          Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                          • #14
                            A quick update on the basement project.

                            Got a few more studs in place.



                            The wall to the left has the first 8 feet insulated and I'm using luan underlayment for the walls. The lathe needs to be shoved in to the area. The second wall is all assembled ready to be installed once the lathe is in place.



                            The lathe has been pushed in far enough to allow the wall to be fastened in it's place. The material you see in the pictures is about $600.00 worth of wood and insulation.



                            The wall is in place and has been nailed to the floor with two nails. I use a power nailer that uses a 22 shell to fire a hardened nail into the concrete. I also tried two nails into the flange of the "I" beam. Two attempts were made on each nail before they bent. The nails did not go through, but have enough holding power.



                            Two Luan sheets 8 fee long enclose this portion of the wall.



                            I had to climb over stuff to get this picture. That's the corner the lathe will go in once the walls get painted. I'm thinking white. Anybody got any comments on other colors?



                            Once the lathe is in it's final place it will be time to move that 2,000lb monster of a Bridgeport Mill. I'll then have a bit more room to move other machinery around.

                            That's it or now.

                            Bernd
                            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                            • #15
                              A good quality gloss white should be pretty easy to clean, as well as providing reflected light back onto the tools. When the guys did my basement, they used those '.22 round' shots to anchor the bottom of the partition. I think it cost me something like $1.50 per shot. Are you going to put insulation in that partition to help keep the tool noise down?

                              What's your wiring plan? 220 as well as 110 around the walls?

                              dave
                              Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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