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Offline cabbage

Now that I have an unwilling assisstant I can start laying the straight sections onto their piers. It is not tjat they are heavy - just 4.8m long...

This afternoon we have installed two straight sections. Glue and screw them together and leave overnight.

Tomorrows work is applied jiggery pokery saw work. I plan to cut the new intersection for the outer curve, the runnoff from "the drag strip" and finally (hopefully) install the third straight section. This does however have a set of points running across it. My plan is to scrap the existing lead out and build a new one and the glue and screw that the new third piece.

This will mean lifting the existing track and re-laying it - prior to the commisioning of the second line, (when it will all have to be done again!)

Here is the first section in place




The large plants growing in the raised beds are cardoons and globe artichokes.

This is the second length showing the problem with the points.





I will lift the points after tea.

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #1 on: Apr 11 2019 15:21 »
Busy day with a bandsaw! After having used two corbflakes boxes to make templates with... The new intersection of the X-lawn track and the Great North Straight has been cut. As usual the bandsaw blade bounced around cut a less than straight line -but it was enough. The lengtg for the new outer inner track and outer track abbutments made for a few "words" but both pieces have mated to their side with a little persuasion wih G cramps.

This is the new X-lawn junction. The "theory" is the I will just be able to slide the points along the exit angle and shorten the injection straight. I is going to be done after the running season ready for next year(!)




This shot shows the new "squared off" end of the Great Way Round curve. The track currently feeding the outer straight will next feed the inner straight. This will result in a slightly tighter curve. The new curve added will form the outer track.





Thus the outer track will have no points and be suitable for high speed running.

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #2 on: Apr 12 2019 14:14 »
Today I am taking it slow... I knackered my left knee on Wednesday and the thing is really letting me know about it! So, it has been out with the angle grinder and the flap disc to make sure all the ends of the facets aproximate "square". I like to use Cascamite resin glue to join the ends of the facets. I also mix it slightly sloppier than the instructions say. This allows me to spread the glue like peanut butter -rather than butter.

These are the first two pairs of facets to be joined. They are lying inverted on a sheet of glass. Both ends have been " buttered up" with glue. The bricks hold them flush to the surface and the G cramps tighten the joint to contact. Any excess glue is slopped onto any joint that is local.





The glue will set in about eight hours at this temperature, which is fine as I am busy tomorrow morning. Probably Sunday the next two pairs get glued and so we continue.

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #3 on: Apr 16 2019 10:53 »
The last pair of facets are now setting on the glass sheet. I have rough laid out the pieces to see what plant needs attacking now.




Most of the heavy clearence was done over the weekend with a chainsaw... What you see below  is the result of sneezing with a 2kW electric chainsaw!!!





Regards

Ralph

Ps nothing was harmed except my wallet(!)

Offline cabbage

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #4 on: Apr 19 2019 18:46 »
This afternoon Tim and I fitted the new courner roughly into its final position. Iy took only an hour and a half to do this. I had expected far longer(!)

Tomorrow after the dose of painkillers has worn off (I knackered my knees again) I will re-enforce the screws with more glue to unite the two curves. The afternoon was spent supping tea and slices of Simmnel cake. The version I know is a rich orange flavoured fruitcake with Almond Marchpane on top, marked with 12 slices into the yellow almond Marchpane.

Monday when everything is "normal" again I will replace the painfully mangled piece of track and start the running season! The roof of Brassica is still being played with.

I remember waving to Tim from the door then yhe painkillers hit me. It is now 18:45... My Son waited for me to stop snoring then asked what was for tea...

Regards

Ralph

Offline Peaky 556

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 08:55 »
It was a delight to help Ralph, as was the home-made Marchpane.

As for Dan, I’m presuming that his university education now enables him to make a tasty supper of cup-a-soup! 😂

Rgds, Tim

Offline cabbage

Re: Thump.... Thump.... Thump... - the final installment!
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 20:08 »
I have replaced the mangled piece of track. I have yet to position the rubble to support the new trackwork. Once that is done I can inject glue into the gaps. There will be a final once over with the angle grinder to smooth off errant screws then it is ready for the gunge of mastic and roofing felt prior to laying the second track.

I then have to finally tidy up the garden and ready it for work...

Regards

Ralph