helped renovate our 1900 basement in Iowa as a kid, late
1960s. We visited a painting contractor friend of Dad's and he
taught us a paint mix for the stone walls. First patch the
holes and cracks with a thick mix of latex paint and Portland
Cement. Then two coats of latex paint, silicone sand and
Portland Cement, to a pancake consistency. Since it was white
paint this make the basement look great and really help sell
the place. I believe it helped dry it out too.
use the paint / cement mix for railroad scenery, I'm doing two
workshops at Salt Lake City this Summer at the convention.
like the idea of the cement board, I would think plastic deck
lumber would be less work than paint 2x4s.
South Carolina's Low Country basements are a bad idea, so my
railroad is in the back of the garage, on a 3' platform, so
high above possible flooding.
On 2/11/2019 12:16 PM, Mark Cartwright
via Groups.Io wrote:
And I hope I don't get dinged on this being Off - Topic but I
can't stress enough my agreement with DonV for sealing your
Running in my case 2 x 3's along the outer perimeter walls,
installing a combination of Fiberglass as well as spray in
insulation and then refinishing it off with ?
Water Proof Wall Board.
I am using 36" x 60" Hardiebacker Cement Wet Area Board.
I also sealed the wood 2x3's with Rustoleum Enamel. Then I paint
the Hardiebacker Board with Rustoleum again and again...
In which ever color I can get cheap from nearby Habitat
Old Rustoluem is thicker and hence is perfect for such a
(I suggest buying new if a final smooth finish is important.)
One of the reasons for choosing this board...The base wall is 60
inches high so each board fits without cutting.
Cutting Cement Board ?
I don't recommend it and if you do...Wear a serious mask. I
found the use of a Sawsall with a fine metal cutting blade to
work the best as low speeds, which tends to create less cement
dust. Sorry a Painter's Mask won't do it...and upon those rare
occasions you do need to cut, keep your exposure to the dust at
a minimal of time for the entire day, perhaps the entire week -
Allowing your body and breathing passages to expurgate the dust.
With all the above said....I found the 25x50 foot basement in my
1908 House, the neighborhood and life in general to be too much
for me at times....
Along with the Humidity, Peat Dust and Tiny Critters of the
Last May, I basically abandoned that layout basement space for a
totally different one - Above Ground. Less than a mile, away,
this house, neighborhood and above ground Layout Room is nearly
a whole other experience.
We can get sudden flooding in California, with several inches of
rain falling within a few minutes.
These rare occurrences where apt to cause water to seep through
the basement walls and cause the floor to gain upwards of a
quarter inch of water.
That is until...
I set in a 6 inch line of perforated drainage line along both
sides of the house, to the front of the house, draining into a
pair of French Drains under the front lawn. Once I accomplished
this installation on both sides of my house with a slight angle
down to the front lawn...The water coming through the walls (for
over a Century) stopped. These leaks left cracks in the walls.
I used a two part epoxy from Simpson Strong Ties to close these
cracks. I further sealed the walls as best as I could with old
cans of Rustoleum Enamel.
But I must say....
I was unable to hold myself back....
I simply couldn't wait til I have completed the basement before
I began my Basement Empire Layout.
This was somewhat of a Mistake...
For I found myself fighting dust, humidity and small dust
critters while trying go determine why my LokSound Equipped
Sound Decoders were resetting...along with other issues such as
too tight of a radius for my Brass (DCC Sound Equipped)
Locomotives. to take a Train over an Operating Bascule Bridge.
There are simply too many distractions in the World today; and I
found it particularly disquieting trying to concentrate in such
I found solace in reading The Model Railroader
magazine to a time before World War II, when such basements
were in vogue.
Hope this helps.