The continuing stooory of my basement Part 2

November 16, 2010

When we left off last time, I was getting ready to start to build the wall (goldenrod colour line from previous post). Well shortly after that started, my GC showed up to install my doors that were replacing a man door and a garage door.

Door at top of stairs to basement

Door that replaced garage door in the basement

Well, the wall was built and walls along the exposed foundation were also built and insulated in the mechanical side (left side of drawing). I am now waiting on the electrician to come and move a couple lines and then the stairs to the basement can get replaced and that wall of cement insulated In the meantime, the royal WE decided that the paneling leading to the basement along the stairs needed to be removed. Guess what!? That paneling is glued to the 1/2″ of plaster which is on top of 1/2″ gyproc. Too bad the royal WE wouldn’t lend a hand in this.


Move along folks. Nothing to see here Part 1

November 16, 2010

Well, grab a cup of joe, sit down and read on. You will probably have to reread as it is hard to explain.
Reference photo

For those of you that don’t remember or don’t know, I was dividing up a 26’x20′ section of my basement a few years back for a 13’x20′ layout room, and a 13’x20′ family room, and the main beam in the house is the dividing line. I found out that the main beam under my house that has a 14′ span between posts has a 3/4″ – 1″ sag on the four14′ sections. I had already built a 2×6 wall under a section that divides the family room and train room before I found the sag so I wasn’t sure what to do. Destroy the wall and rebuild after leveling or leave it. Finally, after stewing on it for a year and weighing various options I had decided to leave the wall intact. But on the other side of the basement where the mechanicals are there was no extra support under the beam. Just last month, SWMBO decided that she wants the family room (the other 13’x20′ section) completed before Christmas.

This involved building a wall on the mechanical side so I decided to jack the main beam and the two floors and roof above it to level the beam halfway across the 14′ span. Did I mention that the joists from the beam to the basement wall also sag by about 1″ so in the centre of the beam, that joist has a total sag of almost 2″ from when it was built….guess where this wall
needs to go and because the new wall is affected by the sagging joists which are also affected by the beam, I started with the beam.

Started off with a 4″x4″ post on top of the jack, that buckled, reinforced the 4″x4″ with 2×6 all around, still buckled. Found a 6″x8″ hardwood beam in the barn and started using that on top of the jack. Keep in mind that this is a lot of weight on that beam. I had, what turned out to be a too thin piece of, steel under the jack and a 2×6 under that. Well, I heard the 2×6 failing on one side under the bending steel, and tried to release the pressure but I was too late. The wood failed, causing the jack to kick out and that 8′ long 6×8 hardwood to come crashing down. It landed on the module and although mostly a glancing blow, it still did a lot of damage before destroying an open drawer on my roll away tool chest.

Anyway a with little more jury rigging and assistance from my neighbour, I was able to get the manufactured 9′ steel post in under the beam. Yes you read that right, 9′ under the beam and 9’10” to the floor joists. I just started jacking on the floor joists and thanks to Doug it is less dangerous. I am now putting the jack on top of the 6″x8″ near the floor joists.

Until next time

Da Plan

September 10, 2009

Ok.  So I have been pestered about a trackplan.  I had one rattling around in my head for a while and last year put the so called pen to paper after bouncing ideas off Mr H.  For those that don’t know Mr. H, he has had three layouts since I have known him.  I won’t say how long it has been that I have known him but there have been three layouts.  All were very well engineered and thought out layouts but he was not happy.  Having been around him during the planning construction and destruction, I also witnessed what bothered him.   I really think that helped me.

Now for the plan.  In case you missed it, I plan on it being CN’s Dartmouth sub in Nova Scotia. The trackage starts when it diverges from CN’s Bedford Sub at Windsor Junction, goes through to Burnside onto Dartmouth Yard and then onto Eastern Passage.  I only plan on showing Burnside, Dartmouth Yard and Eastern Passage.

Now before I show the plan, keep in mind this was a first kick at the can but i do consider it to be close to the final version.  What I didin’t show is that the left (west) end of Burnside yard at the bottom is that I want it to turn back under the layout to a hidden staging yard (also not shown) that I want to hide behind Dartmouth Yard.  A switch from the line going up to  Eastern Passage from Dartmouth yard in the area under Burnside will allow for contant running.     I think what I also need to do is move the turnback coming down from Burnside into the top (west) end of Dartmouth Yard. The only other place to put is is in the corner below the Autoport unless I do something fancy under the refinery This would allow a longer yard, and a longer run to get into the yard.  .  The smallest radius is 22″ to get into the industrial park and each one of those branches/spurs will rise three or four inches to replicate reality.

Again, still not set in stone but close.

The upper level (where most of the action will be)

Middle level to get down to Dartmouth Yard

And Dartmouth Yard at the bottom
Middle level to get down to Dartmouth Yard

So there it is. My plan for all the world to see. If you want to ridicule me feel free.

Progress….well not really…

June 24, 2009

…but a definite score.

Walking through town yesterday I noticed a sign outside of a building that is being torn down.  Lights for Sale $7.   Hmmmm went my brain.  I walk in to inquire.  Sure enough, 2 tube 4 foot fluorescent that were working when they were  removed is what they are offering.  So I look at the stack of them and my brain starts churning.  How many do I need, what can I afford, do I really want these or do I want track lighting, can I affix these to a drop ceiling? So many questions, so little time. (BTW, if you have an answer to my last question, email me)

So I picked up six of these fixtures to light the 13×20 room and what will basically be a perimeter single level layout.  I think that will do.

The Layout Room

June 9, 2009

Last year, after years of negotiating, the CEO of OnER had finally expropriated a chunk of real estate for the railway.  Although not as much as was originally envisioned, it is still suitable to the cause.  It is a 13 x 20 part of a 26×20 room.  Yeah I wanted the 26×20.  It still needed to be framed and insulated as well as have the electrical finished.  As it stands right now, the room has been framed, the electrical is partially done and the sheetrock is up.

This came to a stop as I found that I have a sagging main beam in the basement.  For some reason as I was building the wall underneath, none of the measurments for the studs were the same.  I chalked that up to my bad measuring.  Boy, was I wrong.  The posts supporting the laminated wooden beam are 10 feet and in between these unadjustable steel posts the beam sags by 3/4″.  If I start jacking in the middle, will the unadjustable posts fall out?  Will the beam sag as they have been there for 30 years?  Do I move the door to the layout room so that I put a post where it is most needed?  This also affects my wall as it is completed and drywalled.  Do I shim this wall?  Where?  These are problems I needed to mull over before i do anything else.

Modelling Block

December 2, 2008

Iiiittt’s Baaaack.  Yup, modelling block.  Like writers block but really a PITA when you have stuff to do for people.  I am trying to get past it by doing a couple small things for myself over the last couple days and I might have it licked.  Heck it even put a damper on building the train room.  Yikes.  They really need to find a medication that will help cure this disease

That was close…twice

December 2, 2008

On Sunday, my darling wife decided that the Christmas decorations needed to be put up outside while the weather was nice.  Well, during that job, I was on the hunt for short outdoor electrical cords.  I remembered I was keeping them in the basement so during the scavenging I walked past my so neatly stacked cords of firewood accidentally hitting the wooden brace keeping the end of the piles in an upright position.  It came loose and the wood started coming at me, eventually pinning my shoulder against the corner of a wall.  Of course everyone was outside when it happened so the screaming didn’t help much.  After a couple minutes and shortly after my wife heard me I wriggled out of the pinch I was in. Whew.

Later that night while doing some baking, I was testing the quality of the honey :^) and I got a tickle in my throat, started to cough and the honey accidentally went down the ole wind pipe restricting the airflow into the ole airbags.  Yikes.  That was another couple scary minutes.  My wife was kind enough to say goodnight to me by saying I hope you are breathing in the morning.  Thanks for the vote of confidence.