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Wiring help!

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Posted by Redvdub1 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:35 PM

I know many people like to solder the rail joiners but I don't..I much prefer jumper wires to ensure continuity across rail gaps..joiners or no joiners.  I use 30 gauge wire (0.010")..I am sure you could use 32 gauge but I find 30 gauge wire easy to hide and almost impossible for most people to from more than a few feet away..and more even with less than really bright lighting. 

Use a 15 watt iron to wet solder onto the rail web...after abrading the web with "something" (a flat bladed mini screwdriver is good)..dab a little flux on...tin a wedge shaped solder tip..bingo.  Then just melt the 30 gauge wire onto the blob.

This way you won't stop the joiners from doing what they are supposed to do..flex back and forth with temperature changes..have fun.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:09 PM

Cali
Yeah it does seem to work fine I have the track all done and fastened down, all I’ve been using to power it are those atlas rail joiners that are pre soldered and it runs well with nce powercab 

Great!  Did you run a 2 wire bus and then connect all of the rail joiner feeders to it?

Just wondering.

Mike

 

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