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Re: wire strippers

thomasmclae
 

We have a 3000 Sqft layout at the club with soldering only inside control panels, turnout motor pigtails and track drops.
All buss wires connect to terminal strips between each table, with local power branching off with spade logs stacked on the terminal strips.
Track drops go to terminal strips within 6 inches, then fed to control panels with crimped spade lugs.

When we had some track drops backward and miss labeled, swapping connections took less than 1 minutes to unscrew and move wires. And no solder drippings either.
More options are available than melting metal.

Thomas
DeSoto, TX


Re: wire strippers

 

Vessel make a stripper that will probably do what you want.  It does not remove the insulation but if the insulation is compliant it will expose a section.

https://www.vesseltools.com/handtools/wirestrippers/3000-series-detail

I have had my for more than 30 years.

Best

Ken Harstine


Re: wire strippers

Blair
 

Carl
$.  At least in my case, stripping, wrapping, soldering costs me the $ of the solder - orders of magnitude less than even the cheapest suitcases.  Besides, I already bought the solder and the irons, years ago, so it's "free".  For hundreds of connections, it's worth it to learn robust soldering techniques.  I'd rather spend my RR budget elsewhere.

However, I do realize that's not everyone's take on the matter.  YMMV.
Blair

On 2019-11-23 9:05, Carl wrote:

Hi Gang:

Why strip the wires at all? You could use Insulation Displacement Connectors ( Suitcase Connectors ) or Insulation Displacement Screw Terminals:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Insulation-Displacement-Screw-Terminals/

I've wire a whole layout with these and they were great to work with. NMRA hosted a clinic on these at the Salt Lake City Convention last summer.

Best wishes, Carl.

On 11/23/2019 8:56 AM, wirefordcc wrote:
Hi Greg,

The wire stripper I show on my website at the link below will strip a wire in the middle of it.

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/track_2.htm#a26

I use it to expose wire in the middle of a bus run.  Obviously, in the middle, you can't remove the insulation.  It cuts the insulation and pushes it to one side.

Allan Gartner
Wiring for DCC


Re: wire strippers

Carl
 

Hi Gang:

Why strip the wires at all? You could use Insulation Displacement Connectors ( Suitcase Connectors ) or Insulation Displacement Screw Terminals:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Insulation-Displacement-Screw-Terminals/

I've wire a whole layout with these and they were great to work with. NMRA hosted a clinic on these at the Salt Lake City Convention last summer.

Best wishes, Carl.

On 11/23/2019 8:56 AM, wirefordcc wrote:
Hi Greg,

The wire stripper I show on my website at the link below will strip a wire in the middle of it.

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/track_2.htm#a26

I use it to expose wire in the middle of a bus run.  Obviously, in the middle, you can't remove the insulation.  It cuts the insulation and pushes it to one side.

Allan Gartner
Wiring for DCC


Re: wire strippers

wirefordcc
 

Hi Greg,

The wire stripper I show on my website at the link below will strip a wire in the middle of it.

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/track_2.htm#a26

I use it to expose wire in the middle of a bus run.  Obviously, in the middle, you can't remove the insulation.  It cuts the insulation and pushes it to one side.

Allan Gartner
Wiring for DCC


Re: wire strippers

Vincent Ficca
 

Hi Greg:


The wire strip I use is Klein tools 11061 wire stripper.  I use it to strip solid and stranded wire.  It works great on my layout bus wires that are stranded #12 and #14 gauge wire.  I solder all my track drops to the bus wire.
The wire strip does a gread job of stripping the wire in the middle and at the ends.  Small wire gauge I have done are telephone wire and CAT 5e 24/4 which I use for wiring my Tortoise switch machines, signaling etc..  Wire stripper will remove the cover of the CAT 5e wire and expose the 4 pair of wires, which I then remove with the same wire stripper. I remove the individual wire cover, exposing the solid wire for inserting into the wire holes at the end of the tortoise switch machine for soldering,  The other ends go into euro wire terminals.  FYI, I am building a large layout, so I have a lot of wirestripping done and to do.
I appreciate seeing the email question, because it remind me to order two more of the wire spripper on Amazon for $19.97 each, plus taxes. Free shipping with Amazon prime.
It is worth trying.

Vince

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 5:08 PM Greg Smith <gcscls@...> wrote:
I have a number of 'standard' wire strippers to do anything from 8 to 24 size.  However, they are for stripping the end of wires.  Are there wire strippers for taking out just  a section of the sheath so I can add feeders to a long power buss?  I have tried doing it with a pocket knife.  It works but is time consuming and it does scratch/nick the wire.
Greg


Re: wire strippers

Paul O <pomilian@...>
 

Greg, the style of wire stripper is exactly what you need.
Simply do a Google search for wire strippers; they’re made by a number of manufacturers.

Paul O

In case the photo doesn’t come through, the link is below:


On Nov 22, 2019, at 5:08 PM, Greg Smith <gcscls@...> wrote:

I have a number of 'standard' wire strippers to do anything from 8 to 24 size.  However, they are for stripping the end of wires.  Are there wire strippers for taking out just  a section of the sheath so I can add feeders to a long power buss?  I have tried doing it with a pocket knife.  It works but is time consuming and it does scratch/nick the wire.
Greg


wire strippers

Greg Smith
 

I have a number of 'standard' wire strippers to do anything from 8 to 24 size.  However, they are for stripping the end of wires.  Are there wire strippers for taking out just  a section of the sheath so I can add feeders to a long power buss?  I have tried doing it with a pocket knife.  It works but is time consuming and it does scratch/nick the wire.
Greg


Re: Switch to Moderated Forum

wirefordcc
 

The problem of off-topic postings to this forum appears to be solved.  I have lifted the moderation restriction for messages to this forum.

Thank you

Allan Gartner
Wiring for DCC


Re: Switch to Moderated Forum

Daniel Brewer
 

Hi Allan,

My original question was about the Peco crossing as it relates to a shorting problem while using my NCE system. I'm sorry it morphed into a hijacking of your forum, but I had thought I'd find an answer here more readily than the NCE forum. I did get an answer after the first couple of replies, but it just kept going...

Dan


Re: Switch to Moderated Forum

J. Frank Ervin
 

Thank you Allan for moving this along..
JFE

On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 6:58 PM wirefordcc <bigboy@...> wrote:

Out of respect of those follow the guidelines of this forum, due to messages being posted to this forum that do not pertain to DCC wiring, I am switching the forum to be a moderated one until further notice.

Allan

Wiring for DCC


Switch to Moderated Forum

wirefordcc
 

Out of respect of those follow the guidelines of this forum, due to messages being posted to this forum that do not pertain to DCC wiring, I am switching the forum to be a moderated one until further notice.

Allan

Wiring for DCC


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Brian Eiland
 

Yesterday I discovered a problem with some of my NEW Peco crossovers. Four of my new Pecos had problems,...2 had plastic joiners in a few of the tracks had 'dips' in them, and 2 of them had little tip projections into the flangeway.

These were discovered when I experimenting with running a model 6 axle tender over them. Granted the flanges on these wheels were ever so larger than standards these days, but it was just enough to cause them to bump way up in the air as they encountered these blips in the flangeways. And I double rechecked the gauge on these wheel sets, and they were right on.

 


 


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Brian Eiland
 

OK found that posting here,..

Yesterday I discovered a problem with some of my NEW Peco crossings. Four of my new Pecos had problems,...2 had plastic joiners in a few of the tracks had 'dips' in them, and 2 of them had little tip projections into the flangeway.

These were discovered when I experimenting with running a model 6 axle tender over them. Granted the flanges on these wheels were ever so larger than standards these days, but it was just enough to cause them to bump way up in the air as they encountered these blips in the flangeways. And I double rechecked the gauge on these wheel sets, and they were right on.

 


 



Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Jennifer Lobo
 

Hi Dan: I only have one loco that causes a short when running over the Peco crossing. As I stated earlier I used OP SW 18 set to C to solve my problem...on a DCS51.

Geoff Clarke


On Monday, November 18, 2019, 02:39:00 p.m. EST, Daniel Brewer <drbnd@...> wrote:


Take the time to review my original post, Brian...They are all new locos and they are in gauge. My NMRA Guage works quite well. Also, PECO acknowledged the problem. 

dan


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Daniel Brewer
 

Take the time to review my original post, Brian...They are all new locos and they are in gauge. My NMRA Guage works quite well. Also, PECO acknowledged the problem. 

dan


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Jennifer Lobo
 

Extending the short circuit time on my DCS51 still solved MY problem. OP switch 18 to C.

Geoff Clarke


On Monday, November 18, 2019, 09:43:38 a.m. EST, Brian Eiland <railandsail@...> wrote:


I had a whole bunch of these crossings from Peco, and discovered a manufacturing defect in them that readily allowed them to short out when using wheels of bit to wide. It occurred on about half of my inventory.

I wrote about it and provided some photos,...BUT I can seem to find that forum posting at this time. I believe it was over here on MRH


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Brian Lewis
 

How can this possibly be a manufacturing fault? If your wheels are out of gauge, then what else can you expect?  I suggest you invest in an accurate back to back gauge.

(And has this anything to doing with wiring for DCC)?

On 18/11/2019 14:43, Brian Eiland wrote:
I had a whole bunch of these crossings from Peco, and discovered a manufacturing defect in them that readily allowed them to short out when using wheels of bit to wide. It occurred on about half of my inventory.

I wrote about it and provided some photos,...BUT I can seem to find that forum posting at this time. I believe it was over here on MRH

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Regards and thanks

 

Brian Lewis


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Brian Eiland
 

I had a whole bunch of these crossings from Peco, and discovered a manufacturing defect in them that readily allowed them to short out when using wheels of bit to wide. It occurred on about half of my inventory.

I wrote about it and provided some photos,...BUT I can seem to find that forum posting at this time. I believe it was over here on MRH


Re: Walthers lighted passenger cars

Vincent Ficca
 

Hi Jerry:

I am building a large layout and have not had any problems with walthers passenger cars with lights (UP), going through blocks that are protected with NCE EB1 breakers.  I never seen a problem with lighted cars at the club layout I belong to.  You can go the web site and see if any information could be helpful.  "www.pacificsouthern.org"  I will ask some club members who understand electronics at a high level.

Regards,

Vince
 

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 10:05 AM Jerry Michels <gjmichels53@...> wrote:
Don,

Our problem is not a reversing loop, it is on the mainline as the cars cross from one block t another.  Thanks.

Jerry

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