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Heat shrink protecting T junction cable joins
October 20, 2020
How to insulate wire T solder joints with heat shrink tubbing. You can't just slide heat shrink tubing over a T joint.
Best stripping tool for bus wiring
September 24, 2020
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work.
DC or DCC? What do you prefer and why
February 19, 2018
This is one of those topics that everyone has a view on. But what do real-world modellers prefer?
Fixing & connecting wires together without soldering
January 5, 2018
If you struggle with joining wires — such as track feeders to bus wiring — this is for you.
Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project
October 20, 2017
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule.
Boosting power on a Hornby model railway
April 16, 2017
If you've expanded a Hornby DC model railway set beyond the basic circle you may find your trains slow down in places.
How to master perfect soldering for trouble-free track and wiring – the definitive guide
April 22, 2016
Want to improve your model railway track work, wiring, and electrics? Soldering is the only way. But what's the best solder to use? What's the best soldering
Project Update – Layout, Bedding, Wiring and Track Laying
March 23, 2015
I admit it. It's true I haven't posted an update on my layouts for a while and since the last report a lot has changed. So here's what's gone since then
How To Avoid The Two Ugly Sisters of Track Soldering Hell
January 24, 2015
Tried soldering wires to your model train rails? Fed up with melted sleepers and solder globules ruining the look of your track. Here's a handy tip for quick,
Watch track soldering done the simples way | Watch and Learn
September 14, 2014
Track soldering doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this tip-packed video for trouble free track soldering the easy way.
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