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 Posted: Sat Apr 29th, 2017 10:43 pm
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Must be tough stuff to hold up going through the dishwasher.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 29th, 2017 10:57 pm
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Water, wind and temperature changes are the three things that you will be battling all the time. Other than the obvious damage they will cause expansion/contraction of the different materials at different rates. My first layout was inside a room with no AC and 2 very small windows. In summer made hell look like an attractive place...
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 Posted: Sat Apr 29th, 2017 11:26 pm
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When the weather gets really bad I can always move it into the garage.  Temperature changes could be an issue.  Will have to see how it goes.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 26th, 2017 02:20 am
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Been going through a heat spell here in Southern California with temperatures over 100.  So far the track seems to be doing just fine.  I left most of the rail joints unsoldered to allow for a little expansion or contraction.

Question: Has anybody had any experience in leaving their battery powered engines outside for a few days or weeks?  Since my layout resides outside, but under a covered patio, I was thinking I could just leave the equipment on the layout most of the time rather having to bring it in each time I'm done operation.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 26th, 2017 04:04 am
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Man, I had forgotten about this old thread! To answer your question, don't leave locos/batteries outside when not in use!I left rolling stock outside for long periods but never forgot to bring locos inside. But then, that's my way.

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I assume the dew, even in a dry summer, can reach the batteries and cause problems. Why would one take that risk?



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 Posted: Mon Jun 26th, 2017 04:35 am
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Wasn't sure just how sensitive LiPo batteries were.

Okay, locos go inside, but rolling stock can stay outside.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 26th, 2017 06:29 pm
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An extra "comment"...whatever you build that stays outside needs to be (1) if wood, put together with waterproof (Titebond 3, etc) glue, or epoxy, or CA. (2) if plastic, watch out, some types of plastic may last years, other types may last one hot afternoon (3) temp changes may cause gauge problems if the track isn't spiked down well, I don't use flex track so I don't know how well that lasts outdoors (4) use your own judgement, you are on your own!
My outdoor experiences run from over 100 degrees in the summer sun to almost 0 degrees in the winter so there's my "field of experience".

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 Posted: Tue Jun 27th, 2017 03:53 am
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Woodie,

Track and rails have been painted so that should provide some UV protection.  Most of the rail joints were left un-sodered so the rail has some room to expand and contract.  Some of my cars are plastic and I'll just have to see how well they hold up.  If nothing else they'll get some weathering from Mother Nature.

Maybe part of the 'fun' here is that it is mostly unchartered territory. 



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News Update...As many can guess, the older photos posted in this thread are now gone due to nazi foto-bucket-of-s%^t and their hostage holding accounts. Sorry about that. BUT, all the photos that are here from my gallery (FR) are just fine. My thread on the NGRM site have all the photos there deleted since they don't have capabilities (or the desire) to start a gallery like Freerails has. All the pix in the Silver City NG thread are OK (from the FR gallery) and most of what I posted in the past several years are fine also.
Some have suggested that I get an account with other photo hosting sites, but I actually hate having to upload things to one place and then retrieve them for somewhere else.
Therefore, Freerails will be the ONLY website that I will continue to use and abuse.
Due to my housing search and other such matters, I will just be lurking and maybe sending something along for a while until I get settled...Till then, stay frosty

Woodie, Pam, Barbara, Jake, Frankie, and little kitty June Bug



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