Thanks for all the info, Traction Fan. I am new to this, and will take a look at all your files.Rdwarrior;
Welcome to the forum!
If you have any specific questions about DCC I suggest you ask them on our DCC section of this forum, as there are plenty of DCC experts over there. More general questions about model railroad topics can be asked anywhere on this forum.
To learn about DCC in general, I highly recommend the book "Basic DCC wiring" by Mike Polsgrove. It covers the subject quite well in simple, easy to understand, text and many color photos that show how to add a DCC decoder to a locomotive, how to wire a layout for DCC, and shows some of the DCC controllers, and accessories, available. You can order a copy from www.amazon.com or your local train store, if you have one.
In the meantime, you might want to look through the files below. I wrote them for new model railroaders planning a layout. While you're not new, you might still find some useful info in them.
One particular concern you might have in a Florida garage is high humidity. It can warp the wood in a layout unless precautions like making as much of the wooden part as 'L'-girders, and painting, or sealing, all the wood. High humidity can also play hob with the metal rails and wheels, causing them to be coated with oxide deposits that can interfere with electrical conduction between rails and wheels. Do you have a dehumidifier, or air conditioner in your garage? Although I live in dryer Southern California, we still have high temperatures in the summer, so I have an air conditioner in my garage, which is where my own model railroad resides. Another humidity resistant material is extruded foam insulation board. This is the hard pink, blue, or green foam you may find at Home Depot, or Lowes. Today this is commonly used for a layout base, sometimes without plywood under it. Being plastic, it won't warp like wood. It can be carved to make riverbeds or street underpasses, and stacked & glued to form hills.
Good Luck & Have Fun
Traction Fan 🙂
I looked at the Topics on the forum before I joined, and missed the section. I will direct my problem to them. My problem is not the wiring of the layout. I did that "by the book" all the way. My problem occurs when changing the address of my DCC locomotives. maybe that group can help.
I have only been in this hobby since the beginnings of Covid-19 last March, and constantly learning new stuff.