Re: edge connectors vs. terminal block

Vollrath, Don <dvollrath@...>

Your choices of connecting schemes depends greatly on what you intend to do in the future, how flexible or reliable you want it to be, your skill set and how much time, effort and $$ you are willing to put into it. For example I simply solder #22 wires directly to the tortoise machines. They are so reliable there is no need for a costly connector. Smaller gage wire like telephone wire or flat cable will work also for tortoise motor power or signaling, but not frog power switching. However, smaller wires are somewhat fragile and may require mechanical strain relief to unsure that the wires won't break off. A full wrap of tape or zip-tie around the body of the Tortoise secures a loop of wires in place. A spot of Gorilla glue or hot-melt glue works great to tack misc wires to the underside of the layout. Adhesive tape usually doesn't stick. Running those wires 15-30 ft to a central accessory decoder is no problem. Make sure you have plenty of wire length to allow for bundling without making additional wire splices. [Use the proper gage insulated crimp-on butt-splices and a good crimper for that purpose if required.] Neatness isn't absolutely necessary but does help to keep wiring organized and somehow held out of the way so that you don't end up snagging dangling wires.


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Subject: [WiringForDCC] edge connectors vs. terminal block

Are there any recomendations, suggestions, comments for using edge connector cards vs. terminal blocks for Tortoises? Any discussion of benefits vs. pitfalls of one over the other? Regarding blocks... how far away (what's the longest length) from a device can a feeder wire be &/or what suggested guage... 20, 22, ??? It seams that terminal blocks would aloww mulitple similar devices to be connected to a neaby individual block, ie: 3 Tortoise machince & their related LEDs (&/or other devices) to a single block... right? Or not?


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