Alcove Expansion - Turnout control installation
This post may seem basic by many modeler, but I wanted to share the process I have for installing my fascia mounted turnout control panels. This is just one of may methods that could be used and I use this method because 1.) I don't know any better; and 2.) It works.
Here's what the back of the turnout panel looks like with the rotary switch and two LEDs. I'll need to make some holes in the fascia to flush mount the panel.
Here's the location where I want to mount the panel - to the right of the existing turnout panel and centered above the LocoNet(tm) panel.
First I add some easy remove painters tape. This will protect the paint job and give me an area to mark the location of the panel.
I want to line up the new panel horizontally with the panel on the left and center it vertically over the LocoNet(tm) panel.
I'm shooting the picture from a downward angle, so it doesn't look like 8-1/2" inches to the bottom of the panel but it is.
I HATE things that aren't level, so I'll make sure that the bubble is in the middle.
I'm a great believer in templates for repetitive tasks, so I use my handy-dandy template to mark the two holes for the hole saw cutouts. The template is two sided so that I can use it for left or right turnout panels.
I'm using a 1-1/2" hole saw to make the hole after drilling small pilot holes.
Now with both holes drilled I'll cut out between the two. Notice the piece of tape protecting the LocoNet(tm) panel from the dust.
A jigsaw with a medium blade makes quick work of the cutout. Without the blue painters tape the saw would mar my fascia paint job.
It's a little rough around the edges so I use my knife to trim off the protruding lip.
Now I need to drill the pilot holes for the panel mount screws. My small drill bit wouldn't chuck in my regular drill so I use a couple of my new Christmas presents - a cordless screwdriver and a chuck that fits it that holds small bits. I also use the same rig to drill holes in the sub-roadbed to insert track nails.
I've taped the panel in place and made sure that it is level. Using the cordless screwdriver is slower than a drill, but it works.
And here's the finished product held in place with the (4) #4 screws. You may notice that on my other turnout panels there aren't any screws. I used double stick tape for them and I'm finding that it's not holding. I'll probably be going back and adding the #4 screws to them.
The entire mounting process took about an hour. Now I can get rid of those push pins that were holding the rail points in place!
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