|The "Dividend Hump" (aka "The Problem")|
Before I started my Train Time
|Jackpot! Model RR Tools from an unlikely place. Not sure how I can "repurpose" the tongue cleaner though. Ewww!|
|Model RR Tools? Why, yes!|
|How you can prepare pre-weathered rail for soldering feeders|
Not related to my recent ops sessions, but something I noticed a few weeks back that bugs me no end: My backdrop seams cracked! Ok, I made the rookie mistake of not TAPING the joints before adding the topping. But I used "latex vinyl" topping, so I thought I'd be ok.
Here's how the backdrop looked:
|Masonite crack (tape those joints!)|
Figuring the corners were subject to the most stress, I decided to try using paintable latex caulk. The corners still looked great when we moved.
Sooo...... I'm thinking the same thing may hold true here. But first you have to create a place for the caulk to live. Here, I widened the crack with an old can opener (the pointy triangle type):
|Crack/joint widened with can opener|
|Crack/joint filled with paintable latex caulk|
Then it's (or should be) just a matter of painting. The caulk should be stretchy enough to withstand any expansion/contraction. I'll be sure to let you know how it works out.
So that's it for this edition of Train Time (Tuesday, Sunday, whatever). I'm finally learning that making some time to do even what you might think are little projects sure does add up. Some of these things I (hopefully) will never have to do again - and now they're done. Pretty cool. Hopefully my experience will inspire you to get to even just a few of those "little" jobs that have been nagging you. If nothing else, hopefully the tool tips (isn't that dental mirror awesome?!) will have you looking at new and novel ways to use everyday items. With the dearth of the LHS (local hobby shop), we need to find our tool sources anywhere we can!