a few questions about homabed

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  1. twilight

    twilight Member

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    I'm considering using homabed on my layout that I'm working on. I am handlaying the track, so I want something sturdy to hold the spikes. I am also trying something else new, using pink foam as my surface(small shelf layout in HO). Anyone have any recommendations on how to lay the homabed down on the foam?
    I'm sure I have to use an adhesive, but what works? Is tacky glue, ok?

    Twilight:)
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Try "Liquid Nails", it binds just about any two materials together. It goes in a calking gun and costs around a dollar a tube at Home Dept.
  3. Fred_M

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    Tacky glue will also work. Just do not try to glue foam to foam with tacky glue. It will never dry. I use elmers white glue which I buy in August at walmart when it's 5/$1 for 4 oz bottles. FRED:)
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    I used carpenters glue for cork to foam. I'm sur eit would work well with homastuff. I'll 2nd liquid nails too, but you may find it sets up too fast. Then again, carpenters glue might set up too slow for you :D
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Homabed is roadbed cut from Homasote which is a paper product. Its made from ground up newspapers and lottery tickets:D

    Most any white glue or carpenter's glue will glue it down just fine, even to styrofoam. Be sure to put some weight on it while it drys to ensure a good bond.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    On my previous layout, I used the Homasote roadbed on the benchwork and added foam scenery separately. I glued some of it to the Homaste with some sort of glue -- possibly scenic paste. Most of it just sat there and had joints concealed with the usual scenery stuff.
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    capt_turk Member

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    Are there any other brand names for homasote. Nobody at the lumber yards around here seem to have ever heard of it, or know what it is. Maybe I aught to try someplace else besides Home Depot. lol!
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I use the green conmtact cement from Lepages. Someone else may make it, too. Check carefully, as the other contact cement will eat the foam.
    Use your search engine for Homasote. There is a website and they should have a list of dealers.
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    Also ask for Upson or is it Upsom board. (this is spelled phonetically). It is the same thing they make celing tiles from only in sheets.
  10. CalFlash

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    Try http://www.homasote.com/home.html to locate a dealer. You might call ahead before going - some are dealers but don't always have it in stock. Also prices vary. I drove 90mi one way to by mine because it was $10/ sheet cheaper (I was buying 10 sheets).