Sunday 1 April 2012

Temporary closure of the White River Division

During my water heater replacement the exhaust piping needed replacing also. This required some structure removal from my layout. The plastic seen hanging down is removed from my ceiling at the location the piping exits the house.

Unscheduled White River Division Overhaul
Water Heater leaks and replacement

On Thursday morning I could hear our water heater making funny noises. When I went down to check there was a stream of water heading from the bottom of the heater to the drain...the drain being in my layout room which is on the other side of a wall from the heater. The layout was fine but all my sailboat gear that is stored during the winter under the layout was wet. So now this stuff is scattered all over the basement till it drys out.

I thought that would be the wost of it. When the gentleman arrived to replace the heater, right off the bat he mentioned the gas heater's exhaust needed to be replace also. Well the exhaust runs overhead through my layout room and out the wall just above my WRJ staging yard. This is at the same location as my coaling tower. He also pointed out...that area of the layout will have to be removed to access the piping. I just laughed as that was not going to happen. I had not put up a ceiling over my layout since there is a lot of piping, valves and wiring that over time will need looking at. It is covered with heavy plastic which I stapled up. We came to an agreement that he could work off a ladder that I use for track cleaning and maintenance on the layout once I remove my rolling stock, details and structures from the area. I had about 40 minutes to do all that since he was going to haul out and bring in the new water heater and install it first. The piping went in well and the only damage was some flattened tree hills since I covered the area with a drop sheet. A lot of details and buildings also need to be replaced.

I normally shut down operations in mid April and store my rolling stock in a large display case for the summer season (keeps the dust off when not in use) plus block off the entrance to keep the dust out of the layout room. There is no door to the layout. Well the shut down is happening earlier this year. I had planned to redo the foreground area of WRJ this spring and summer when not at the lake. This will just start earlier than planned.

Lesson might want to keep your layout as far away from the furnace, water heater and floor and overhead drains as possible. If you are putting up a ceiling...make sure the access to anything important in the future is not above your bench work. Oh if you think your water heater is new and will not give you any problems, the longest they last is 10 years and if your a lucky guy, more than 5 years...oh did I mention my furnace is within 5 years of replacement...guess where the piping goes...George

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