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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

RJR ·
Stranded or solid, 20 gauge is not close to being adequate for O gauge track power.
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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

Gregg ·
20 gauge is too small. Go at least 16 gauge...
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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

Dan Padova ·
Whoa Nelly, 16 gauge, really ? The wires that are supplied with almost all accessories can't be more than 22 gauge. The longest wire lead won't be any more than ten feet, and that's if I run from one end to the other, which is very unlikely.
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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

RJR ·
Really! Note that I said track power.
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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

gunrunnerjohn ·
Be careful of eBay wire. Make sure it's actually solid copper, much of the wire sold on eBay is aluminum that is copper plated.
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Re: Stranded VS Solid Hook Up Wire

cjack ·
Good point. When you look at the charts, multiply the resistance listed by the expected amps on the wire and determine if you can stand the voltage drop. The voltage drop for our low 18 vac circuits are more critical than the 120 vac some of the charts' recommend gauges. In other words, a 2 vac drop on an 18 vac circuit is more significant than a 2 vac drop on a 120 vac circuit.
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Re: Wiring Multiple Clip Ons to Larger Track

Chris Schlitt ·
I just re-wired everything and, I'm not exactly sure what happened, but all of a sudden it's working perfectly. I didn't change anything from the diagram (LED still included). The only thing I can think of was I removed an un-used lock on that was really rusty. Anyway, thanks everyone for your suggestions!
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Re: Wiring Multiple Clip Ons to Larger Track

Moonman ·
Good find! Trains for Christmas! Merry Christmas!
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Re: Wiring Multiple Clip Ons to Larger Track

gunrunnerjohn ·
You fixed the short, job done.
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Re: Wiring Lionel Light Towers

Harleylito ·
Rick - I would first install a terminal block - run your red and black wires from your accessory transformer to the terminal block (I use 16 gauge wire). Then use 20 or 22 gauge wire and run one lead to the red side and one the other lead to the black side of the terminal block. Do this with all 4 towers. By using the terminal block you can wire other accessories to it with ease. Paul
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Re: Wiring Lionel Light Towers

John H ·
You would need a bus terminal block for each feed wire to do it that way.
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Re: Wiring Lionel Light Towers

Ken M ·
Are the towers LED or incandescent? If LED you are ok with what he said. if incandescent then you need 18 gauge wire . I would use 18 even if they are LED Ken M
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Re: 1970 era sounds of steam tender trouble

ZWPOWER13 ·
If all else fails, I have someone that can actually repairs these boards. Contact me for his information.
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Re: 1970 era sounds of steam tender trouble

hobby-go-lucky ·
The green wire running from the pickup contacts pairs with the white wire.
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Re: 1970 era sounds of steam tender trouble

C W Burfle ·
When you put your tender back together, make certain to insulate that board from the frame. The foam that originally did that job is almost certainly decayed. I like to use a piece of illustration board, with a dab of hot glue to hold the circuit board to the illustration board, and another dab to hold the illustration board to the frame. It only takes a bit. The glue only has to keep the pieces from sliding around. If the board shorts against the frame, the board is often damaged.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Adriatic ·
Reminds me of old timer electricians checking for live 120vac with their spit wetted fingers tips. (no joke) (I don't know if spellcheckers are in FFox, or hoopla, but this one is awful. When I can out spell a program 4-5 times a day, it's really bad. I write phonetically then correct myself. "Wetted" is a 2cnd grade word. The red line under it; a joke) Heat is easy and cheap never nicks; very very important on small wire. Last winter, I bought a single bulb from R. Shack a bit larger that a...
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

walt rapp ·
geez, I think I'm a little smarter than to do that with a live wire! At least I'm hoping that I am
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Kirk H ·
Finger nails work really well.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Ed Walsh ·
I tried using my finger nails to strip it but I guess I have defective nails. I also ended up cutting everything. Thanks, Ed
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Gregg ·
Try your fingers only , no strippers.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Norton ·
I use No-Niks strippers. You need a specific model for each wire gauge. I have one for 30 AWG (.014") and 22 AWG (.025"). They are best for stripping Kynar and Teflon coated wires. For softer insulation I have a Paladin Wire stripper. It handles all gauges up to around 12 depending on insulation material and thickness. You can get Asian imported copies but they are not as good as the original. Pete
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Alex M ·
Hi Ed, I use this wire stripper from Mirco Mark, it will strip that wire for you. Alex
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Gerald Marafioti ·
Ed, I t is very easy to do,heat a sodering iron then hold the wire down & pull the iron toward the end, the insulation will come off very easy,if you go to the Evans Design web site i think they have a video of this,thats where i got it from,hope this helps.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Zeke ·
Hi Ed - when I had to do that I used a small piece of sandpaper (220 grit, I think) wrapped around the end of the wire and pulled it through a couple of times. You have to rotate the wire a bit after each stroke to get all of the insulation off. It's not really fun to do, but it does work.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

ROGER1 ·
I use the soldering iron also. It works great. But I keep a brass brush by my soldering station to clean off the tip after each "strip". Leaves no residue. Roger
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Former Member ·
I bought a set of Klein wire strippers at Home Depot that will go down to 32 ga wire and the work great otherwise I just tin the wire with flux and solder and that will give me enough to work with.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

walt rapp ·
Not at all, unless you were just joking around. It works really well on THIN wires for me.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

ROGER1 ·
Walt, I hope you don't contact a filling with one of those wires. You'll get a real surprise. Roger
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

Ed Walsh ·
Thank you to everyone for the tips. I think for now I will use the soldering iron. But for the long term I would prefer to get a stripper such as those mentioned. I am making some outside lights for a commercial building using the info from a forum member using parts from plastruct. I want to see what kind of illumination the nano LEDs put out before trying to make 10 of them. Thanks again, Ed
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

RJR ·
A suggestion. I once bought a stripper that looked just like the Ideal Stripmaster but made in China. It would always nick the wire of gauge matching the label on the stripper hole. The Ideal never has. Google it and you can get the different model numbers for different wire gauges.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

El Classico ·
Carefully
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

RJR ·
Ideal Stripmaster. Available with a variety of cutters, each having several different size cutting slots.
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

walt rapp ·
I use my teeth! It works perfectly for me on those really skinny wires. - walt
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Re: How to strip insulation off very thin wires

ROGER1 ·
A little harsh, no?
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Re: 26AWG ULTRA FLEX WIRE IS HERE

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
We just changed the heading of the topic Dave, LBR
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Re: ALL SCALES: L.E.D. ultimate hook up wire

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
John, We figured that it would only be a matter of time before you corrected us. We now stand corrected. Thank you ever so much. Dave, LBR
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Re: ALL SCALES: L.E.D. ultimate hook up wire

gunrunnerjohn ·
You made it easy this time.
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

gunrunnerjohn ·
Still available Pete, Ripley Miller Wire Stripper, No-Nik, .021", NN.021 I have a pair of these for #30 wire that must be at least 30 years old.
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

wb47 ·
What type of connectors are used if soldering is to be avoided?
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
We always solder We never use connectors Dave, LBR
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
aussteve, I too am quite amazed at the response for this size of wire. Lots-O-Orders makes us very content Dave, LBR
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

gunrunnerjohn ·
Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

aussteve ·
I like the solid wire since it is easier to form into a shape and have it stay put. I can route it away from pinch points and it will stay there. I don't worry about the current carrying capability of the stranded wire versus solid wire cause my LEDs are running at such a low frequency (not much of a skin effect). I would advise against using either magnet wire or teflon coated wire in applications where fret abrasion or physical pressure is a concern. But you can always slip shrink tubing...
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
Where do you get shrink that small? We can only find 1/16" shrink. Dave, LBR
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

gunrunnerjohn ·
eBay # 220773326550 0.8MM 1/32" Polyolefin 2:1 Heat Shrink Tubing 8M One of many listings for small heatshrink. Comes in a variety of colors as well.
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
Thank You
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Re: 30AWG Teflon Coated Wire Available Soon

CharlieS ·
I asked because I have an old spool of 30 gauge cloth covered solid wire and a spool of 28 gauge plastic covered stranded wire. The stranded roll is silver. I purchased it at a computer show, where I was told it was for wiring backplanes. (Who knows?) I've used some of the 28 gauge for something or other, I have never used the 30 gauge. As far as strippers go: After using a friend's, I purchased a set of Klein strippers. I think they work great. I just stripped a bit off of the ends of my...
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Re: Operating Cattle Car

Dan Padova ·
Okay, I found the instruction paper in the box, imagine that ! I have wired it up as per the instructions. It came with an OTC contractor, which I used in the installation, again, as per the instructions. I have a Post War ZW transformer. When I place the cattle car on the tracking move it over the OTC contractor, the coral vibrates even when the accessory switch is not in the ON position. I get no action on the cattle car. When I press the accessory switch, the cattle, in the coral, move...
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Re: Operating Cattle Car

Dan Padova ·
No one out there familiar with Lionel's cattle car ?
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Re: Operating Cattle Car

El Classico ·
Try the entry in Greenburgs for the 3356
OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
330-757-3020

www.ogaugerr.com
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