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Reborn HO RR Modeler/Retiree

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Posted by eaglescout on Sunday, March 25, 2018 6:26 AM

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Alas, I have big problem.  I don't get much of a stipend for retirement.  I lost two of my favorite engines, but neither is DCC.  I cannot afford to switch to DCC.  Do I just let my heart break?  Live with it?  Get over it?  Is there a place I can get a 44T or  DS-1?  Can I scratch build these?  Where and how do I choose the right can engine?  Do I just trash it all and find another hobby?  Has the hobby evolved into a hobby only for the rich?  I appreciate any advice.  Perhaps my quote is appropriate.  Thanks.

 

From what I have seen of today's teachers they make a pretty good retirement compared to what I make on social security and a small state retirement for 12 years of service.  I run a 14 x14 around the room DC layout with mostly ebay purchases but some new equipment and don't feel I am breaking the bank doing it.  Just add a little bit each month and year and in 4-5 years you will be amazed at what you have accumulated.  Yes, you can spend a lot but you don't have to if you budget and look for bargins.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:12 PM

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At this time, I am still painting white-tied flex-track. Waiting for next month for the lumber for the benchwork.

I've seen flex-track with white ties.  Are they suppose to simulate concrete ties?

Mike.

EDIT:  Never mind, I just search and found some at Walthers.  Yup, concrete ties.

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Posted by Storm75 on Sunday, March 25, 2018 9:03 PM

I believe rhe OP mentioned locating a sourse for Homasote?

In my area (Michigan) Home Depot sells the "real" Homasote brand, about $30 bucks per sheer.

Lowes does not, they have imitation homasote.

Mike

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Posted by KB5JCX on Monday, March 26, 2018 11:51 PM

I guess you dont know all.  I get $800 per month for retirement and $1200 per month SS due to my military service and a job I had for a few years afterward.  Texas teachers do not pay into SS - just retirement.  Not a lot to live on.  My wife taught 30 years and only gets about $600 per month more.  Try to live on that on today's economy and upgrade things as the house is falling apart.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:16 AM

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I guess you dont know all.  I get $800 per month for retirement and $1200 per month SS due to my military service and a job I had for a few years afterward.  Texas teachers do not pay into SS - just retirement.  Not a lot to live on.  My wife taught 30 years and only gets about $600 per month more.  Try to live on that on today's economy and upgrade things as the house is falling apart.

 

If you live in alot of places in Texas, that is a lot of money, out here in the SF bay area, that is the rent on a one bedroom apt.

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Posted by KB5JCX on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:52 AM

My copays and all dental come out of my pocket - to the tune of the first $5,000 in meds per year and all tests and two thirds of the office visits.  All dental is cash up front - no copays.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:13 AM

Didn't fiqure in that high of meds cost. Guess we are lucky as for the most part, we don't do meds, not that the doctors didn't try. Thought you were getting things like meds thru the VA.

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Posted by KB5JCX on Thursday, May 31, 2018 5:38 AM

I finally saved up enough money to build the benchwork in detachable segments for moving and making changes.  Smallest turn will be 28"radius and largest 36" radius.  Using 2" by 2" legs and cross bracing with supports for detachable table top at about 16" (or less) and 3" overhang.  Using "1/2 inch" plywood for table and homasote atop that with 2 outer mainlines on cork roadbed with switch yard and depot.  Using T-nuts and carriage bolts for levelers.  Benchwork should be done in about a week.  Will order table-top plywood and homasote (cut with a metal straight edge and a carpet knife) in late June.  Will send pictues of items when done. 

rrebell

 

 

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:34 AM

good for you

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:45 AM

I did not know Homosote could be cut with a carpet knife.  Does it snap like styrene?

Years ago I used a jig saw that had a toothless knife blade.

 

 

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Posted by NittanyLion on Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:43 AM

BigDaddy

I did not know Homosote could be cut with a carpet knife.  Does it snap like styrene? 

 

 

 

No, it just flexes and tears. 

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Posted by KB5JCX on Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:46 AM

NittanyLion

 

 
BigDaddy

I did not know Homosote could be cut with a carpet knife.  Does it snap like styrene? 

 You can snap the last cut if you are almost through but I don't.  I just keep until it is a clean cut.  No dust.

 

 

 

 

No, it just flexes and tears. 

All of us in the Denton Area Model Railroad Club use it on our sectional track, which was 1800 feet when I was a member, and our private tracks.  I use clamps to fasten a straight metal yardstick on a straight line, then take about 40 or 50 strokes and get a nice clean cut with a carpet knife.

 

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