Still working in the garage

Just a brief update-still working on my garage. One wall, really just a three foot section, has been stripped and new treated wood put it. I plan on making a slurry with borax and hot water to coat the existing siding on the inside. I discovered as I removed the vinyl siding that quite a bit of the original OSB siding has been attacked by the termites, so more vinyl has to come off to find where the damage ends.

A borax “slurry” is said to be termitecidal. I will find a definitive reference and post that with some pictures. On my longer wall over half of the new concrete wall has been poured. I plan on replacing the existing damaged wood with new treated material before I continue towards the corner.

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Rebuilding the wall

It is interesting to work on a problem that one created themselves. To go back and review work done over a decade ago now. Amazing when you sit down and ask why did I do it this way? Thankfully the exterior wall studs damaged by termites have to be removed to make a new door rough out. I want to make a change to an internal electric outlet so as to provide an outside outlet as well.

Progress to date:

  1. Removed most of sheet rock and insulation to see what was the problem. The problem, water lead to termite invasion around my exterior door.
  2. Determined that I need to build a concrete wall to butt against the concrete slab that sits against the wall.
  3. Removed part of the original sill plate and termite shield. I also determined which studs need to be totally replaced due to termite damage. I also decided to replace the studs with treated wood
  4. I poured a five foot section of the new concrete wall where the most damage had occurred.
  5. Removed raised wooden platform by the exterior that protected conduits and gave a manageable step for staircase to second floor storage loft.

The garage corner

 

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Hereford Storm Runners-Congratulations

This past week, my daughter played in her first travel league soccer tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She had a lot of fun, including not even touch the ball the last two games except during war ups. her teams defense was that good as was their offensive as the won both games 3-0. Even better, they won their age/ skill bracket by going 3-0-1. Maggie did not give up a goal the entire tournament and the team scored 7 goals in all. Not bad for a team that has only been practicing about a month!

They received a Cup, individual medals, and perhaps the largest Hershey chocolate bar I’ve ever seen.

 

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Please excuse the abscence

A perfect example of why smaller achievable and sustainable model railroads should be the norm. recently I discovered some serious water damage in one of my garage walls. I will be spending my time making repairs before returning to Beckleysville. I’ll be posting some pictures of my new “project”.

 

 

 

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Scrap wood is useful!

I liked the wooden center pier, so I decided to make an abutment.

Tools and materials list

Scrap 2×4

X-acto handle with a new blade

Ruler

Tools and Materials for a wood abutment. H. Mathews 2016

Tools and Materials for a wood abutment.
H. Mathews 2016

I cut my abutment on the bandsaw because I wanted it to have a slightly curved front, something unique to Northern Maryland Ry abutments.

The arced front prior to cutting. H. Mathews 2016

The arced front prior to cutting.
H. Mathews 2016

I used my bridge story stick to measure the height of the abutment taking into account the bridge tie 8x8s and the steel beams. I cut the piece off a scrap of 2×4, then cut the front on my bandsaw following the slight curve I drew.

The abutment H. Mathews 2016

The abutment
H. Mathews 2016

The next thing to do is to lay out the courses of the cut rock onto the block.

The north abutment with course lines penciled in for cutting. H. Mathew 2016

The north abutment with course lines penciled in for cutting.
H. Mathew 2016

remember to mark which way is up and where they belong!

Remember to mark your locations! H. Mathews 2016

Remember to mark your locations!
H. Mathews 2016

You are now ready to use your imagination and a sharp blade to create cut rocks on the wood.

Ready, set, and cut! H. Mathews 2016

Ready, set, and cut!
H. Mathews 2016

Scrap wood is useful!©

H. Mathews, July 2016

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Monday update

I have not had much time to work on the South Wye switch module for Beckleysville recently. I have however cut a bridge abutment and am working on the steel section of the bridge on the South Wye module. The piece of wood directly below the boxcar will represent the remains of the stone pier that supported the original timber trestle.

Northern Maryland boxcar on the bridge

Northern Maryland boxcar on the bridge

A view from the stream H.Mathews 2016

A view from the stream
H.Mathews 2016

Upstream side of bridge H. Mathew 2016

Upstream side of bridge
H. Mathew 2016

Monday Update©

H.Mathews June 2016

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Field Notes: The Bridges of Bentley Springs-Part 1

The original NCR/PRR/PC line from Baltimore to York passed through the village of Bentley Springs, Maryland, which is right down the road from our house. Bentley Springs at one time had a freight station, good-sized station for the size of the village, a water bottling plant, and a 40 room hotel. The rails also bridged Beetree Run three times in the distance of perhaps two football fields. If you go about another half a football field south of Bentley road, then you have the fourth bridge in the area. South of this fourth bridge , the right of way bridges the Little a Falls of the Gunpowder twice within a hall mile. While walking or riding a bike on the NCR hike and bike trail, you can see all these bridges. If you prefer a stream side view, it is possible, just be sure to bring a good pair of water shoes. If you would like to see some vintage photographs of Bentley Springs, Maryland, visit Bruce Cubbin’s website. He has some great photographs of the original station.

I have always liked how Beetree Run and the Little Falls meander back and forth under the  right of way. In designing Beckleysville, I want to incorporate a meandering stream causing multiple small bridges. A completely plausible possibility for “Beckleysville” with the many small meandering streams that would be common in the northern area of Baltimore county.

Northern most bridge in Bentley Springs

Northern most bridge in Bentley Springs

The bar underneath

The bar underneath

Wider view of north bridge

Wider view of north bridge

Station bridge, north abutment and lower retaining wall

Station bridge, north abutment and lower retaining wall

Stream side shot of the bridge at the station

Stream side shot of the bridge at the station

Closeup of the north abutment of the Station Bridge

Closeup of the north abutment of the Station Bridge

Field Notes: The Bridges of Bentley Springs-Part 1©

By H.Mathews June 2016

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Is it concrete or wood?

I painted the center pier with an acrylic paint, Parchment. I think it needs a coat of light gray after some more sanding. Compare the wooden version to a real abutment in the photos below.

After one coat of Parchment

After one coat of Parchment

The north abutment of the bridge next to the station area in Bentley Springs

The north abutment of the bridge next to the station area in Bentley Springs

Is it concrete or wood?©

By H Mathews, June 2016

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Bridge Piers and Abutments from 2×4’s

I have always used a cast hydrocal abutment or bridge piers in past layouts. I was planning on doing it again, but in one of those forward thinking moments the idea of what to do when the cast broke during moving the module came to mind. So what to do for something more substantial? Good question, what to use? While tossing some scrap wood into our outdoor fire pit/ grill, it came to me that scrap wood could be used as the core of the abutments and piers.

So I decided to test the idea.

Laying out the center pier on the 2x4

Laying out the center pier on the 2×4

 

Laying out the ends of the center piers. Visually, a 30 degree angle looked correct.

Laying out the ends of the center piers. Visually, a 30 degree angle looked correct.

Final layout prior to cutting

Final layout prior to cutting

The north side of the pier

The north side of the pier

The south side of the center pier.

The south side of the center pier.

The center pier that supports the steel beams will be concrete. Next step is to make it resemble concrete!

Bridge Piers and Abutments from 2×4’s©

By H. Mathews, June 2016

 

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Update on South Wye switch module

Thought I would take a few photos of the South Wye Switch module. The center pier is a piece of two by four cut down to be a pier. The “south abutment”  is temporary which is why the beams are not level.

An aerial view of the steel beams section of the bridge over Gunpowder Run

An aerial view of the steel beams section of the bridge over Gunpowder Run

First look of the steel section of the bridge over Gunpowder Run

First look of the steel section of the bridge over Gunpowder Run

Update on South Wye switch module©

By H. Mathews June 2016

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