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I just started installing Block & Dwarf signals.  The signal's wires are pretty darned tiny (32awg?) and difficult to work with.  My first go was to solder 24awg to the signal wires and then attach to the tortoise machines... it worked fine but its time consuming and not as tidy as I would like.  I have never used European style terminal strips but my understanding is that they are inexpensive and are easily broken down from 12 terminals per strip to 3 or 4 for each signal making them even more cost effective.  Any tiny wire guidance here is much appreciated.

Thanks!

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I've been using those European terminal strips for years and years, but with the tiny wire gauges I found that it took some care to make sure the wires were properly secured. The "Just Plug" Linker Plugs from Woodland Scenics are less fiddly and work better to secure those tiny wires because they work like spring loaded clamps. But at around $10 for just 6 of them they are much more expensive than the terminal strips.

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The problem with the euro connectors, at least the ones I have, is that it is a cylinder and the screw has a flat bottom.  That leaves a gap at the bottom so smaller gauges won't get cinched.   You could double the wire but that is an iffy solution.  You could crimp on barrels, but that just adds to the expense.

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We have been using the european connectors for years   They are a pain in the neck when trying to hold wire and screwing at the same time   I bought these connectors on amazon and just used them on some fine wire     They are called Lever Wire connectors and a fraction of the price of the european connectors   They work great



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