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1137Re: [z_scale] Z scale track ballast

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  • Jeffrey MacHan
    Mar 9, 2000
      Are you wetting the ballast with isopropyl alcohol before applying the
      dilute glue? If not, the glue may not be penetrating the ballast
      completely, consequently forming a crust and leaving loose patches that are
      fouling the loco gearing etc.

      The next issue of Zrack will present a feature article on track laying and
      ballast techniques as used on the Val Ease Central railroad.

      Jeffrey MacHan
      CEO Val Ease Central RR http://www.Val-Ease-Central.com
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      >From: Gary Klouda <Gary.Sheryl.Klouda@...>
      >Reply-To: z_scale@onelist.com
      >To: z_scale@onelist.com
      >Subject: Re: [z_scale] Z scale track ballast
      >Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 21:52:48 -0600
      >
      >This is basically how I've been doing it, using an eye dropper to apply
      >and a straw on the end of a vacuum hose to vacuum. I must be doing
      >something wrong, but I can't figure out what. If you can think of a step
      >that would lead more than another to the ballast getting loose soon
      >(I've already tried increasing to a two thirds glue/one third water mix)
      >please let me know. I've tried regular Elmer's Glue and a
      >Tite-Bond-type formula white glue, with the same results. And like I
      >said, this system works perfect in wide-gauge ("HO"). Thanks for the
      >help. - Gary


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