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A quick but important wiring question.

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A quick but important wiring question.
Posted by steamfreightboy on Monday, March 3, 2008 4:51 PM
I have a 2 amp powercab system. I have 3 spurs but only 2 bumpers. I covered the third with electric tape. Will I be able to oporate without burning down my house?
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Posted by locoi1sa on Monday, March 3, 2008 5:06 PM

  What are you running into the bumpers? Why would you cover them? If they are metal bumpers than you need to insulate one rail at least or better to insulate both rails. Most of my spurs dont have bumpers but ties crisscrossed over the rails in case I expand later.

 The power cab has a built in breaker that shuts down in miliseconds. When you have a short its best to unplug the cab then fix the short then plug the cab back in.

  Hope this helps

      Pete
 

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Posted by steamfreightboy on Monday, March 3, 2008 5:14 PM
I have power-lok bumpers, the ones with the red LED. you can find them on amozon.Thumbs Up [tup]
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Posted by Vail and Southwestern RR on Monday, March 3, 2008 6:16 PM
As long as you don't create a short, you are fine.  you don't need bumpers.  You can use a stack of ties, or some rocks, a pile of dirt, or just be careful!

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Posted by locoi1sa on Monday, March 3, 2008 6:43 PM

 You should be fine. Even though the LED might burn out. Are there any resistors in the bumpers? Have you tried the power cab yet? If it wont boot up you may have to take the bumpers off but I cant see a problem useing them.

     Pete
 

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Posted by steamfreightboy on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 5:00 PM
thanks, I will try that.Bow [bow]
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