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Old 14-03-2018, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Glue or nail ?

hi guys just a quick question, can you get away with just nailing down the cork and track or is it better to glue the cork down first ?
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Its properly better not to use cork, just pin the track to the ply.....
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Old 14-03-2018, 02:31 AM   #3
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If using cork or another suitable material as a base, I would always try to glue it down. It does not need to be a strong glue. Wallpaper paste or something along those lines would be fine. (Always wash hands after using wallpaper paste as it contains a poison to stop insects eating wallpaper).
Once the base is glued down, then I would nail the track down. Some like to glue. I tend to nail as I know I can remove nails and make adjustments if needed.
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I have just completed the exercise myself and i used P.V.A , left the cork for a while to settle flat the a good dollop on pva and put into place, just used drawing pins where it curled up at the edges.
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Pin the track straight to the board, no cork.

Having said that if you really want to use cork I would glue it down with PVA.
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I'm in the process of laying track. I'm using double sided tape to hold in place to start with as I've laid track 3 times already and changed the plan in my mind. The previous 3 were tacked using track pins, which I then had to remove. I'm hoping that double sided tape will be enough to hold the track in place but easy enough to allow the track to be lifted in a few weeks if I change my mind again!

I will eventually lay directly on the ply and either tack down without removing the tape (it has been cut back and isn't very noticeable) or can lift and remove the tape, probably the former as it is less work. If I leave it in place a little ballasting (never done it before) or a little paint will hide the tape.
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Old 14-03-2018, 09:37 PM   #7
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I use track pins and pin straight to ply. I use drawing pins across sleepers as a temporary measure and when satisfied, pin the track and take the drawing pins out.
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