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Having previously used old cassette cases as base supports for platforms my supply has dried up so I'm thinking about using cable trunking.

http://www.screwfix.com/p/mini-trunking-25mm-x-16mm-x-2m/81974

It's height, at 16mm, is about right and I'll top it with floor tiles which have worked quite well on top of the cassette cases. I'll trim the front with brick plasticard.

The trunking comes in two parts which will make it easy to screw it in place and then snap the top in place.

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Chris, your a genius! MMT2 mini trucking is a great idea, as the top bit pops off, it is ideal for putting wires through, and as it's pvc, very durable! Thinking of it now, I will have to you some of it! Thanks!

Tom

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Tom, yes it does look the business. Spotted a length of it while I was in the loft. The only annoying thing is that I didn't notice it a few months back when I went up there to look for just such an item. Could have saved me a lot of messing around with cassette, CD and playstation cases.

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SouthernTom said:

Chris, your a genius!

always nice when someone notices. Far too humble to mention it myself ;)

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chris said:

Tom, yes it does look the business. Spotted a length of it while I was in the loft. The only annoying thing is that I didn't notice it a few months back when I went up there to look for just such an item. Could have saved me a lot of messing around with cassette, CD and playstation cases.

The thing is though, Chris, you have generously shared your knowledge. That is what this is all about, we each make a tiny step forward and it helps the rest of us.

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It is a great idea but I'm sure you could re-do some of your platforms with it for lights and things as it would be ideal for that. And I do thank you for sharing this with us. I have been thinking of an alternative to wooden platforms and now you have given us one!

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Beware of it expanding in the sun... shouldn't be a problem this year in UK!!

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I wouldn't be to worried about it expanding, it is industry grade pvc. But saying that, as it splits in two very easily, if it does expand the top would pop in some places. Also, when you fix it to wood, drill the holes so they are a couple of mm bigger than the screw to allow for expantion.

Tom

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Love that I'm now seeing ads on this forum for the product I linked to in this thread.

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All my platforms now use trunking. I've learnt that using three runs of trunking works better than two. With two, the centre doesn't have anything to stick to and will bow up. On narrow platforms I use a single price of trunking 40mm wide.

I spray the visible sides of the trunking with a red primer, grey would also work. The platform tops are made from self adhesive floor tiles. These have been cut to size and the edging slabs have been scored on to the top. The scoring is probably is more trouble than its worth as is does weaken the tile and make it more liable to break in then long run. I spray them in grey primer and then add a very light coat of black sprayed form 40 cm to darken them a little. I paint the edging stones with a brush and add white safety line.

Construction is simple. Screw the trunking down. Clip its top on. Stick the tiles on top. I measure clearly from the rail, all the time. I've also learnt not to try and get the platform too close to the rails. The outdoor environment produces a whole host of ways to make the tiles move a millimetre or two. I now leave at least a 3mm gap between platform edge and train.

The ramps at the end of the platform are tricky. I've just tried a new technique, but I'm not 100% happy with it. I'll see how it stands up.

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Hi everyone. Thanks for the idea of trunking for platforms. I'm a newbie to all this and any help and advice is great fully received. I just thought I might mention a company called Toolstation. I'm in the building trade and have found Toolstation to be between one third and two thirds cheaper than Screwfix for exactly the same items. You don't need to be in the trade or have an account and if you spend more than a tenner you get free next day delivery. Hope this helps someone. Thanks. Mark

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