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Need Help Wiring my DCC Layout

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Need Help Wiring my DCC Layout
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 7, 2003 1:57 PM
I have a short somewhere in my wiring. I have completely replaced the wiring once and still have a short. I would like to hear from anyone in the Denver area who would be interested in rewiring my layout so I can get some trains running.
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  • From: City of Québec,Canada
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Posted by Jacktal on Sunday, December 7, 2003 3:01 PM
Sorry,can't help you "live" since we're too far apart.However,I can suggest a method that may allow you to find your short.Troubleshooting electrical problems can be quite a headache,specially in complex networks of wires and switches,etc.

The only way I know is disconnecting every individual circuits then reconnecting them one by one until the problem shows up again.Once you've identified the faulty circuit,it becomes a matter of disconnecting this circuit's components and reconnect them one by one,starting from your power supply until the short is noticeable again.

Most likely you have either a loop of track or a turnout that's not wired properly.Most times electrical problems are a matter of minutes to correct after spending hours to find it.
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  • From: Conemaugh Division
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Posted by Pennsy58 on Sunday, December 7, 2003 4:57 PM
Easy way to find shorts. I have a small buzzer from radio shack hooked up to a transistor radio battery and two alligator clips. Alligator clip the wires to the rails. If it buzzes you have a short. By removing sections of the bus feeders you can troubleshoot the short. This was of great help for me as I wired originally. To test after the fact make sure their are no engines on the tracks, no plyers laying across the rails ( found that out the hard way), and disconnect the wires from the power supply. If you have any reversing loops maybe check to see if the rails are gapped far enough apart to prevent a short.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 8, 2003 11:31 PM
Thanks to the modelers that replied to my problem. Using their advice I was able to disconnect each block until I found the one causing the problem. Now all I have to do is fix it. Thanks again.

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