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Hi Guys, I appreciated all the help I got when I started here about a month ago.
I bought a layout and am happy to say all is well, I have added many things and I am quite pleased I started.
My question is, I want to now add lights.
One person told me that to drill holes in my layout use a heated Phillips screwdriver and work slowly.
My layout is on foam board.
Any other suggestions?
I do not own a drill.
 

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A small battery powered drill is pretty much a necessity around a layout...
to say nothing of how handy it would be for home maintenance chores. It would
not only drill holes, but act as a screw driver.

You mention lights...this is a broad category...there are lighted buildings,
street lights, and signal lights among others. Then there are the two very
different types of light...LED and incandescent Each has certain factors
to consider. Manyt of us use an old DC power pack or discarded wall wart
to provide the power for lights. We would need to know what type of lights and
what you are lighting in order to give you specific suggestions.

don
 

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Hi Rich or Samuel,

Are you asking for advice on how to poke a hole in a piece of foam???
 

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A small battery powered drill is pretty much a necessity around a layout...
to say nothing of how handy it would be for home maintenance chores. It would
not only drill holes, but act as a screw driver.

You mention lights...this is a broad category...there are lighted buildings,
street lights, and signal lights among others. Then there are the two very
different types of light...LED and incandescent Each has certain factors
to consider. Manyt of us use an old DC power pack or discarded wall wart
to provide the power for lights. We would need to know what type of lights and
what you are lighting in order to give you specific suggestions.

don
I want to use the Woodland Scenics Just Plug system. I live in an apartment and a drill is not a necessity for me, however, if that is the best option for my layout I would get one.
 

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Hi Rich or Samuel,

Are you asking for advice on how to poke a hole in a piece of foam???
It is Rich, Samuel is my middle name. My layout was built on foam board. The layout is hard on top but not wood hard. So yes, what is the best way to poke holes in that layout.
 

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Always a drill. The drill bit removes some of the material, into which you can insert tree armatures or light standards, or utility poles....that kind of thing. Later, if you need to patch there, you simply force some spackle into the hole that is to be covered and let it harden. A small cordless drill and a tray of small bits can be had for maybe $40 total for something of hobby quality. The better cordless drill sets come with an impact hammer driver and a drill with adjustable chuck, plus two batteries, a charger, and a case. They'll run to about as little as $130 on a good sale (Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee...)
 

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Always a drill. The drill bit removes some of the material, into which you can insert tree armatures or light standards, or utility poles....that kind of thing. Later, if you need to patch there, you simply force some spackle into the hole that is to be covered and let it harden. A small cordless drill and a tray of small bits can be had for maybe $40 total for something of hobby quality. The better cordless drill sets come with an impact hammer driver and a drill with adjustable chuck, plus two batteries, a charger, and a case. They'll run to about as little as $130 on a good sale (Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee...)
What I am mostly going to light up are buildings, so I need to have a hole that I can slip the Just Plug wire through.
 

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There's a thing called a pin vise that is basically a manual drill that would serve your purpose.
 

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There's a thing called a pin vise that is basically a manual drill that would serve your purpose.
Murv, I took a look at Amazon and I would say that pin vise is what should work for me. Thanks very much to you and to all who offered their help. This site is great.
 

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When lighting a model building, remember that most are plastic and glow
like embers when lighted unless you 'black out' it's interior walls and
roof. There are various materials to do this...thick black paint, card stock,
and black electricians tape... are likely the most used. Be sure to black out
the floor as well.

Don
 

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When lighting a model building, remember that most are plastic and glow
like embers when lighted unless you 'black out' it's interior walls and
roof. There are various materials to do this...thick black paint, card stock,
and black electricians tape... are likely the most used. Be sure to black out
the floor as well.

Don
Thanks for that info.
 
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