FIXING

Our Rainwater components are NOT TOYS and are therefore NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, but are intended for collectors only.

Mainly moulded from ABS plastic and supplied in black, they can, if wished, be painted with most model paints, but should first be washed with a household detergent.

For gluing component parts to each other, we recommend "Plastic Weld" cement, obtainable from most model shops. For gluing components to wood, we have found "Bostik All Purpose" clear adhesive, "Loctite Super Glue" gel and "Araldite" satisfactory. However, please note that, if the wood has been painted, the areas to which the brackets/gutters are to be glued should be scraped clean of paint. Where the doll's house needs to open, fit the gutter/drainpipe system with the house closed and then cut at the appropriate place with a razor saw.


Gutters
It is easier to assemble lenghts of gutters, corner angles, end caps etc. off the house and, particularly in the case of the round gutters, glue the brackets in place on the gutters before attaching them to the house, rather than glue the brackets on to the house and then fit the gutters into them.

Once glued in place, the fixing of the gutters can be reinforced by drilling small holes with a pin vice at an angle through the gutter and bracket and into the wall of the house as shown on the right. Use a small pin (e.g. model rainway track fixing pins) to secure in the same fashion as a picture hook. The pin cam usually be pushed home by hand (using a pin punch) with no need to hammer. Not all the brackets will need reinforcing in this way, every third or fourth should suffice.

The same technique can be used with the square gutters but, since the brackets are not essential for supporting the square gutters, glue, drill and pin through the integral gutter joints to attach them to the house. The brackets may then be glued in place afterwards.

Drainpipes
Brass tracks are provided for fixing the rainwater heads, drainpipes and spouts. For these, simply make a hole slightly smaller than the tack, using a drill and pin vice, and push the tack home with a pin punch. The parts have been made so as to fit flush on a flat wall. Where spacers are needed, because of the design of the house, we suggest using short lengths of the PVC insulating sheath found on electrical wire, with longer tracks, as shown on the right.
Note: The round types need, and have, integrally moulded spacers.