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Wiring Instructions

Wiring Instructions   Photos courtesy of Markolf Gudjuns, Germany

Some more time spent on track feeders tonight. Here are a few pictures to illustrate the process:

Step 1: cut bits of wire to length; step 2: strip insulation and bend two 90 degree angles, then tin.

Step 3: use wire brush wheel in Dremel to clean side of rail; step 4: drill through roadbed, subroadbed, benchwork all the way.

The two feeders on the near track have already been inserted into their holes, had a bit of flux added, and will then be pushed in all the way. Have the top bend in the wire touch the rail as close to the base as possible. Heat wire and rail thoroughly then add a bit of solder and attach the feeder. Use a Bright Boy to clean the rail after the joint has cooled.

This is how things will look after soldering (left). Notice how the feeder sticks out from the rail a bit due to the 90 degree bend we gave the wire earlier.

Now, using a pair of needlenose pliers, first push the feeder down into the hole a bit, then grab feeder and rail in the jaws of the pliers and squeeze firmly to get the feeder to lay as close to the rail as possible (right). Notice how the right-most feeder is already finished and looks just like a track spike at this stage.

In addition to making it look better this also strength-tests the solder joint. If the feeder snaps off the track here you have a bad solder joint and need to start the process over again.

Don't just walk away from bad solder joints, they *will* come back to haunt you later on...

I like to use solid-strand wire for all my wiring, but even if you use flexible multi-strand everywhere else I recommend you use solid wire for the track feeders. It is much easier to solder than multi strand and come away with a clean looking result.

Here's the end result then. The silver solder still makes it stand out quite a bit, but a bit of weathering will blend it in nicely. And it can't be seen anyway since it's on the back side of the rail.

Note this is a macro shot, the wire diameter is a scant 1/2 millimeter. The rail is code 83 (.083 inches high).

Till next time, and have fun soldering! ;-)


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