Re: No soldering required for under layout DCC bus wire splices?


That is known as a Western Union splice. It was used on telegraph lines so the main wire did not have to be cut thus loosing strength.

One way to open the insulation is to singe it with flame or soldering iron. Remove the burnt insulation and clean the wire with emery paper or fine sand paper. Wrap the joining wire around the buss then coat with flux. The flux helps keep out wetness and oxidation. Solder not required.

Suggestion: Save your fingers from twisting all those screw eyes. Cut several angled grooves in the mounting board and push the wires in. If desired a strip of wood will secure the wires in the grooves.


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