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On my layout (27' X 32') is use #12 AWG for the main DCC bus. #14 AWG sub-buses are used to divide the layout into electrical sections. I feed each sub-bus with a disconnect switch, for easier troubleshooting. My sections are towns, yards, mainline sections, etc. I use #22 AWG drops to each piece of rail. If the drop doesn't reach the bus, I usually use a piece of #18 wire to bridge the gap. I don't solder under the layout. I either use terminal blocks, or the Scotch "suitcase" connectors. I use both the 905 and 567 Max mentioned. I have installed hundreds (thousand?) of these with hundreds more to go, so I bought one of the 3M crimps tools when I first started. Layout is Sn3/Sn2/S, so the loads are similar to HO. Rail size is mostly Code 70 and 55, which is why I use #22 drops.
On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 8:23 PM, Daniel C Thomson danielc.thomson@...
No automatic soldering iron but there are Insulation Displacement Connectors (IDCs). These are a crimp on connector that slips over the buss wire and accepts the feed wire along side and has a metal bridge that is squeezed down, displacing the insulations and jumping a connection between the wires. At about one inch long and applied with a squeeze of pliers this is a solid, secure connection. They can be purchased by gauge of the main wire and gauge of the feeder wire. No wire stripping, no wire twisting, no hot irons.
Milwaukee-N-SouthEastern, Ltd club.
On April 28, 2018, at 11:05 AM, "Affordable Roofing Contractors vmarino2009@... [WiringForDCC]" <WiringForDCC@...> wrote:
I wish there was an automatic soldering gun. Underneath the table is a real challenge for us mature guys :)
This type is available from many suppliers. This stripper actually "pushes" the insulation apart to allow your jumper to be soldered. This is illustrated at minute 1:40 on this video How To Use The Automatic Wire Stripper
This will save you a ton of time. Good luck.
Lansing Model Railroad Club
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How To Use The Automatic Wire Stripper
In this how-to video, Gary shows us how to use the new automatic, self-adjusting wire stripper from Klein Tools....
HI guys -- im hopefully starting a layout this weekend with a test module -- the layout will be made of 1x2 foot sections (for ease of handling) -- my thoughts are 10 or 12 gauge wire for the power bus, and ideally 20 or 22 gauge risers to the track -- every section to have a riser on it to ensure good connections. --
I'll probably strip back sections of the bus, and solder the risers to it again to ensure good connectivity.
What else should I be doing -- I am planning to use NCE system, and I really want to get this right the FIRST time
San Luis and Rio Grande
San Luis and Rio Grande