I got this package from Wal-Mart for a buck but I
Saw packages in quite a few stores including Grocery Stores
(code 40) the dirt is just dirt from my yard.
Step 5: Touch-up the stain on the ties where you sanded them.
Step 6: I prefer to put the ballast down before I lay the rails but either way
These old looking ties photograph very well
However, having messed with bamboo skewers for lots of things I know the material to be very hard..so, how do you get the spikes in???
I have a 12 volt motor that holds a piece of .015 wire and I just pre-drill on each side of the rail. Doesn't matter what the tie is made of since it's going down into plywood anyway.
Your right that the bamboo skewers are too hard to just shove spikes in. But I'm used to just pre-drilling so I didn't notice any problem.
My 12 motor/driller is attached to a 6 volt lantern battery. It's
very portable and lasts about a year before I need another battery.
I epoxied half of a pin vice on the motor shaft to hold the bits.
Also works great for pre-drilling grab iron holes in car sides.
On the code 40 rail I just glue it with Barges. No spikes. I do have a fast trick for doing 3 foot lengths with glue. I lay out the two rails using lots of gauges (8 per 3ft.) and I use two straight pins on either side of each rail to position the rail. These pin sets of 4 are about every six inches.
Then I take off the gauges .....glue the back of one rail all the 3 ft length. Set it back down with the pins guiding the position. Put weights about every 4 inches or so. Then put glue on the back of the second rail all three feet. Then set in down between it's rows of pin pairs. Put the gauges back on to position exactly. Place weights between (or on top of) the gauges....in about an hour the glue has dried and the track is layed.
I don't heat the rail or anything since the glue goes on moist and
sticks to both surfaces with the pins speeding up alignment.
I use this method with all rail sizes now since it goes so fast.
Oh also, don't put the pins in the ties ....put them in between. Much easier. I use pliers to hold the pin and shove it in.
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