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Posted by crisco1 on Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Hi,

  Could two track nails along side of a track joiner be the the source of a

electrical short?  I put two nails alongside of track joiners to keep the

curvature of the track.

                                                                                                   Thanks

                                                                                                      Chris

 

 

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Posted by zstripe on Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:26 AM

I believe You should look at the other threads that You started. One in Electronics & DCC and one in General Discussion. You may find Your answers there.

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

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Posted by mobilman44 on Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:30 PM

No, not a problem - assuming the nail(s) touch only one side of the track and are not touching any wires or the like.

While you didn't give specifics, I assume you have a "short".  The usual suspects are feeder wires crossed, a car/loco derailed (or with an internal problem), something left laying on the track, etc.

 

 

ENJOY  !

 

Mobilman44

 

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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, March 12, 2017 1:32 PM

 Not if it's just nailed into something like plywood. But...

Back when I was a kid, we had a mountain on our layout, made with the plaster over screening method. Halfway up, there was a flat area on which my Dad built a short back and forth track that went in a portal at one end. He nailed the track down tot he plaster. And it was an instant short on the power pack. Ooops. Some of the nails touched both a rail and the screen underneath.

                          --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

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