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    • December 25, 2018 3:57 PM EST
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      Expanding South Willow Hill

      What better to do with a week off?  How about opening up more walls in the basement to expand the indoor a bit.

       

      First order of business - find a temporary home for all of this....

       

      That wasn't too hard. Finding a new permanent home will be a bit more difficult. The space ready for demo...

       

      Behind the plastic is a crawl space I haven't seen inside in over 10 years. I'm going to replace the plastic with a sliding vinyl window that will be removable for access to the crawl space...

       

      Need to make a run to Lowes tomorrow for the window and some framing materials, then off comes the paneling so we can see what there is to work with.

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    • December 25, 2018 4:06 PM EST
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      Cool! Sounds ambitious!

    • December 25, 2018 4:52 PM EST
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      next step - excavate a new basement?

       

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    • December 25, 2018 4:56 PM EST
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      So, you intend to push that wall back? How far?

       

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    • December 25, 2018 5:49 PM EST
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      No telling what you may fall into.

    • December 25, 2018 10:20 PM EST
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      Get knee pads, those knees are 10 years older too.

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    • December 26, 2018 12:00 AM EST
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      Tim said:

      next step - excavate a new basement?

       

      There is quite a bit of hidden dead space behind the paneling. This area a few feet the other direction was reclaimed two years ago. Just below bench height is a concrete shelf; but there is plenty of room for a couple of tracks...

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    • December 26, 2018 12:04 AM EST
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      Greg Elmassian said:

      So, you intend to push that wall back? How far?

       

      Greg

      Above bench height it goes back as far as where the plastic is. Going to open up that last 4 feet and maybe under the stairs too. Just want to extend the track to allow switching the tracks in the above pic without the little local switcher.

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    • December 26, 2018 11:44 AM EST
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      Looking forward to seeing your progress, Jon...   Good Luck...    

    • December 26, 2018 6:42 PM EST
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      Demolition complete. The framing behind that paneling reminded me of my dad's carpentry - just enough to make it look right.  It took no effort at all to remove it. This is the same area with no paneling...

       

      Future bench level is indicated by the blue tape.  My initial plan was to close the opening to the crawlspace with a vinyl sliding window, but I'm bubbling around ideas for a shadow box above track level to use some of that space. Maybe a diorama to display my short 1:29 New Haven train. Closer look of the crawlspace...

       

      It wasn't to bad in there. A half hour with a shop vac and it was inhabitable :D  Looking left behind the wall, that plywood structure is the inside of the tunnel named BOX. The current End of Track...

       

      Looking to the right, I might be able to sneak some track and short cars under the stairs....

       

      Decisions, decisions.

       

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    • December 26, 2018 7:05 PM EST
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      Yup, nice progress Jon....      

    • December 26, 2018 7:08 PM EST
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      Hell Jon, just relocate/extend  'Box" since you talked about the limitations on track there

    • December 26, 2018 7:45 PM EST
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      Keep going to the base ...loving it !

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    • December 26, 2018 10:39 PM EST
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      walled off a window? this is one strangely designed basement.

    • December 27, 2018 12:29 AM EST
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      I'm really diggin' the bead board. I think I may expose it all and paint it dark grey....

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    • December 27, 2018 6:32 AM EST
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      We want to know if that is porn or train porn ..

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at December 27, 2018 11:19 AM EST
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    • December 27, 2018 8:13 AM EST
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      Terra Cotta tiles.

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    • December 27, 2018 8:38 AM EST
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      Jon Radder said:

      Terra Cotta tiles.

      Nice try ..they look like dvd ,s .....

       

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    • December 27, 2018 9:50 AM EST
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      You manage to find any trace of that squirrel while all that's apart?

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    • December 27, 2018 10:55 AM EST
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      This will become a tunnel and end up here ?

      Why are there legs  ... is there that much height difference ?

       

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