Roadbed

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Buddog, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Buddog

    Buddog Member

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    Does anyone in the southern Ontario Canada (Hamilton Brantford area) Know where I can buy Homosote or somthing like it? I went to my local Homedepot and got the deer in headlights look :confused:when I asked about it ..
    I have a good section of my new layout base ready and I can;t wait to start laing track, but first I need roadbed.

    Thanks
  2. n2trains

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    I'm not sure if this helps, but I might as well mention it.

    I have gone to a number of places and got the same look. Home depot in washington state gave me that look when I asked about it, but I found that finding it online on a major chain store helped a good bit. I was finally able to get it special ordered through Home Depot (though it took some, well not quite harassing but close, doing). Hope this helps, just ask them if they can order it (it's not TOO much extra). You just have to order something like 3 sheets of 4x8 minimum or something.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Maybe check with the local train shops - there's Modeller's Choice in Hamilton, and Trains on Brant in Burlington.

    Andrew
  4. n2trains

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    Most places where I'm at don't carry any sheets large enough to make it worthwhile. I saw sheets that were ~1x2 in washington state when I lived there, but it was so expensive it made going to Home Depot worthwhile to the fullest extent.
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Brandon...

    Sorry for the confusion. I am not suggesting that the train shops carry it, just that they may be able to identify a local source.

    Andrew
  6. pgandw

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    Home Depot also carries Homasote strips to be used as concrete pouring forms at most of their stores in California. None of these stores have te 4x8 sheets in stock but they do have the strips. The strips are about 3.5" wide and 10ft long for about $3.49 each. Their located with all the concrete materials, not with lumber. Some places call it Homex.

    Hope this helps
  7. Buddog

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    Thanks for the Ideas I will try Modelers Choice tomorrw been there many times and I sure they will have some suggestions, didn't even think to ask them? The strips for concrete pouring would work to I will check out that section at the Homedepot here and maybe the bigger ones in Hamilton.

    I will start posting some pics of my progress in that next couple weeks..

    Tom
  8. doctorwayne

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    Tom, I found Homasote, by accident, at Ontario Plywood Specialties in Hamilton, on Centennial Parkway near the QEW. I was looking for veneered plywood, but happened to notice a display under the Homasote name. I am uncertain as to exactly what products they carry: I didn't ask about it because I don't use it, so you might want to call them before making the trip down. Their 'phone number is 905-561-3576.

    Wayne
  9. zedob

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    You can try these guys. http://www.homabed.com/

    I've never bought or even seen the stuff in real life, but it looks interesting. I haven't compaired prices either, but if I had unlimited funds, I sure would give it a try.

    Anybody ever try them?
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Tom: over 20 years ago, our local lumberyard, affiliated with Home Hardware (not the depot) had an empty slot for Homasote. I ordered a couple of sheets, but after a few months I went in and got my deposit back. Lumberyard is now the GO station parking lot.
    One of my friends phoned the lumber yards in the Toronto Yellow Pages and found a yard that stocked it and would deliver. (that was 12 years ago!)
  11. Grotto

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    OH COme on. A little further into Toronto and you can visit lots of cool stuff while your here. Just don't go to George's trains with your wallet or youl declare bankrupty upon your return.
  12. Buddog

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    Well the last time I went to George's Trains my wife would not talk to me for a week, so I would agree with you on your warning..

    Tom
  13. doctorwayne

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    Gee, that sounds like almost enough incentive for me to drive all the way to Toronto.:D

    Wayne
  14. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Open your wallet and say after me "Help yourself".
  15. Buddog

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    Been awhile since I have been able to go to any hobby shops in the area, A little someone came into my world on the second of Nov, her name is Julia and after a few weeks in the hospital she has finally came home:) :) :) :) . She was six weeks early, but she's doing really well, now that she is somewhat settled I can go down stairs for a short time.

    So today on my way to the store for more dipairs:D I stopped at a hobby shop and bought some cork roadbed, its much easier to get and I just can't wait to start laying track.

    Once I get some track laied, I will be post some pics of the bench work and track so far.

    Tom
  16. fsm1000

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    Have you tried Georges rains in Toronto? They should at least know where to get it.
    They use to be very knowledgeable. Haven't been there in over 20 years though.
  17. fsm1000

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    OOps, meant Georges Trains. Sorry about that :)
  18. Buddog

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    Georges Trains is almost a hour away, so I have not been there in almost a year, I imagine they would know where to get it, but with all thats going on right now cork will due.
    I am hoping to get there before Christmas (always like going there and looking around..) And yes the staff there are still very knowelgeable, at least from any experiences I have had there.

    Tom