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I attached a shelf support peg to a block of wood, then made slots in the block and attached it to the benchwork. This enabled me to move the block slightly to the left or right as needed to keep the rails in alignment. Sometimes as the seasons change, I've had to move it slightly, but since upgrading my dehumidifier last summer, humidity levels in my train room are more consistent and I haven't had to make any adjustments to the pin. bridgelocatorpin

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The transom latches hold both vertical and horizontal alignment quite nicely.  I pull the rings to open from either side (door or staging area).  The drop down is 25 ¾” wide with a span of 32 ½”.  Mr. Barrett made a slick pulley and lever system on his so he didn’t have to stoop, but that (stooping) hasn’t been a problem for me as it is 4' off the floor.

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The transom latches hold both vertical and horizontal alignment quite nicely.  I pull the rings to open from either side (door or staging area).  The drop down is 25 ¾” wide with a span of 32 ½”.  Mr. Barrett made a slick pulley and lever system on his so he didn’t have to stoop, but that (stooping) hasn’t been a problem for me as it is 4' off the floor.

I am thinking of expanding around the wall but need an opening.  I had ruled out drop for alignment and lifting reasons but maybe it would work.  Could probably add a counterweight or similar.  I'll have to check out the article.

Brendan

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I am thinking of expanding around the wall but need an opening.  I had ruled out drop for alignment and lifting reasons but maybe it would work.  Could probably add a counterweight or similar.  I'll have to check out the article.

Brendan

If you are concerned about weight and want an easy and smooth lift, you could install a car hatch gas shock.  I used one on mine.  Works great.

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