Oct 242012

I’ve been slowly plugging away at laying the homasote roadbed and homabed. Not too hard. I tack down the bottom layer with brads or countersunk screws. I glue additional layers with Elmer’s glue. I painted the east and south portions with flat brown latex paint that I scavenged from the Oops pallet at Kelly Moore paint a few years ago.

I’m at a standstill now. I’m not going to install the final pieces of roadbed until I finalize a track plan.

Oct 042012

Since we didn’t buy enough Homabed, Patrick and I went down to Compton Lumber and picked up a sheet of Homasote. I was surprised it only cost $36. We cut it in to three pieces to fit in the van. Patrick wanted to see where Daddy works, so we went down to Stacy Yard to meet some rails and watch a couple trains. On the way home we stopped at The Electric Train Shop. Patrick had a great time playing with the Thomas set, and I scored a couple of nice tool boxes and some quality Excel tweezers.

When we got home, Patrick and I cut the Homasote up and nailed it down to the layout. The Homasote is laid over the east and south sides of the layout. Patrick helped nail the Homasote to the deck. The 1/2″ Homasote meets perfectly with a double stacked layer of 1/4″ Homabed.

Work had to stop when I sliced my finger open with a razor blade. By the way, cutting Homasote with a Razor Blade works great. It wears the blades out QUICK! but razors are cheap, so I just change them out frequently. I use the breakaway razor blades in the $2 cheapo utility knife housings you can pick up at Harbor Freight.

Oct 032012

I’ve been sitting on my stash of Homabed for almost a month and I’ve finally decided it’s time to start laying it in. The installation will use 2 or 3 layers of Homabed depending on where it is being installed. The north section is 3/4″ thick (3 layers Homabed), a transition is made from 3/4″ to 1/2″ along the west side and the south and east side are all 1/2″ thick. I’m stacking 45° beveled Homabed on top of non-beveled Homabed with a few sheets of of plain Homabed thrown in.  Unfortunately my order was a little lite and I’ll need to get a little more. I’ll probably order a couple sheets and maybe some more of the non-beveled.

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