Dave’s been in touch again, with his eternal quest to making entry to his layout easier. I think he’s on to something (his last post is here).
“I have also added a comment to try and reply to some of the comments… re heights and suggestions members have sent in.
The next one is showing me at the end going in via the old office chair and using a Gimbal should go well … and should make a few smile.
Today I was mulling over changing my layout for the same reason as D Dave, ease of access.
Well I decided I would have to do something about the hundreds of wires under my boards to make them neater and tidier. Working in DC means I do have 100s of wires under there going in all directions an electrical spaghetti junction, it’s horrifying really.
So what could I do? I decided I would start from scratch this time and rip out all the old wiring, some dating to earlier layouts that aren’t needed for my present layout.
You know when you have one of those rare Eureka moments.
In my layout I use Sundeala boards so have a lot of offcuts kicking around. So I cut up a 2.5 nch strip 4 inches long as below…
Next a 1/4 inch drill and drilled 6 holes in it leaving room at the top to screw to the battens. I made quite a few out of the long strip I had so I now have numerous drilled blocks that I will screw to the battens.
In the picture below you will see I threaded 8 wires through one of the holes but it would take quite a few more this will bring a lot more order under the board at no cost. A simple and rewarding ten minutes. For anyone starting up in DC then it would be a really handy tip.
Hope this is useful to others.
Eric (Leeds) UK”
A big thanks to Dave and Eric. Some great tips and a few smiles too.
That’s all for today – apart from the usual shameless plug for the Beginner’s Guide.
Course, I’m biased, but if you’ve got the itch to build a layout again, it’ll save you a lot of pain and grief.