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  1. I was able to draw up fairly accurate plans for a...

    I was able to draw up fairly accurate plans for a bridge using Google Earth. I used a drafting board but software will do the job if you've conquered the learning curve. You will need an N scale...
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    First I've heard of fly ash being used as a soil...

    First I've heard of fly ash being used as a soil amendment, is that a thing? Thought it was toxic and famous for poisoning drinking water.
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    Friends don't let friends buy boneless cabinetry.

    Friends don't let friends buy boneless cabinetry.
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    I'll opt out of the DCC salesmanship war and get...

    I'll opt out of the DCC salesmanship war and get back to block wiring.

    Not really much chance on this layout to have two locos moving at once to make use of a dual cab. Really the focus should be...
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    Moved the weigh scale off the siding to a yard...

    Moved the weigh scale off the siding to a yard track, and changed it to weigh a car rather than weigh a truck.
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    However... I couldn't calibrate it, the readout always said zero grams. A bit...
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    Elmer's and similar work well for gluing cork to...

    Elmer's and similar work well for gluing cork to plywood. Just need flat stuff to weigh it down for an hour.
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    Midwest cork for the most part, no issues after >...

    Midwest cork for the most part, no issues after > 20 years. In some places I raised the cork up by laying it on half-widths of HO cork for variety. Directly on the plywood in yards. Layers of...
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    Favorite "railroad" video

    Saw this silliness again for the first time in a few years and realized hey, it is railroad-related! Catchy tune, Feist, what's not to like?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw
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    That was my first thought too. But I'm not clear...

    That was my first thought too. But I'm not clear on what the diagram says, on what type of yard it is, and therefore too many questions really to comment.

    What does "Running Track" mean here? Is...
  10. A double track spacer would have come in very...

    A double track spacer would have come in very handy on my layout, depending on the actual spacing. But how does it handle curves? Are the grooves wider at the ends of the block and rail width in...
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    Can't help with modern options as my layout is...

    Can't help with modern options as my layout is pre-LED. You want lights as close to the operator as possible anywhere that you might be railing cars so that the trucks won't be in shadow. However,...
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    I've used both furring strips (pick them...

    I've used both furring strips (pick them carefully, most are twisted) and clear (expensive but perfect) 1x4s. The expensive stuff never warped, cupped or twisted AFAIK. The furring strips are...
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    Never tried it on models but there is a product...

    Never tried it on models but there is a product called fixative (aka fixatif) that is used to "fix" art, for example to spray over charcoal drawings to keep them from smearing. It has a matte...
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    What is the advantage of ripping plywood over...

    What is the advantage of ripping plywood over using 1x4 pine stock?
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    Personally I follow the dictum "if it ain't...

    Personally I follow the dictum "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I only had one loco that didn't work flawlessly out of the box. When I converted my 8 locos (Atlas and/or Kato) to DCC, 6 of them...
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    Just a side note, I used L-grider on the 10x11'...

    Just a side note, I used L-grider on the 10x11' layout in my previous basement, and built it using 3x5 modules that were screwed but not glued to the L-beams. I installed caster wheels on the legs...
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    Hmm, you said clean the track twice but by chance...

    Hmm, you said clean the track twice but by chance did you not clean the wheels? Drip some isopropyl on a square of toilet paper, drape it across the rails, wipe any alcohol off your fingers, set the...
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    Wow! Great work, and the setting is spectacular...

    Wow! Great work, and the setting is spectacular too. Did you make the footings before making the bridge or after you could set it in place?
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    Not sure if you have access to the studs or not...

    Not sure if you have access to the studs or not but I have paneling and couldn't figure out how to attach a 45 degree support solidly thru the paneling to a stud. I ended up with this, 1x2s and...
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    For a simple loop you can use a DPDT slide switch...

    For a simple loop you can use a DPDT slide switch or a Tortoise to both throw the switch and reverse the track polarity. Repeating what woodone said, a track diagram with the problem to be solved...
  21. I did something more severe for an old coal yard....

    I did something more severe for an old coal yard. In my proto photo you can't see the ties. Ignore the barney track in the foreground.
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    I used Woodland Scenics fine cinder ballast. When...
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    Unless you need the hour and a half working time...

    Unless you need the hour and a half working time I'd go with Durabond 45 or even the 20 if you need another bag. For thin areas though I'd use Sculptamold because it won't crack.
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    From a pre-Katrina trip... The D-Day museum is...

    From a pre-Katrina trip... The D-Day museum is good. If you can get reservations (used to be 6 months in advance) take the St Charles? trolley out to Commander's Palace restaurant. Check out...
  24. Happy birthday to @115463

    Happy birthday to @115463
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    I'm using an Arduino with an IR emitter/sensor...

    I'm using an Arduino with an IR emitter/sensor pair - Digi-Key LTR-301 and LTE-302. The Arduino supplies the power for them. When I power the Arduino solely from my laptop's USB (while programming...
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