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Ferrules, how and why to use them
October 27, 2020
Want to improve your electrical wiring contacts? Meet the electrical ferrule.
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.
A primer on wire sizes
October 6, 2020
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use.
Best stripping tool for bus wiring
September 24, 2020
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work.
Layout soldeirng tips for wiring you can trust
September 23, 2020
A step-by-step pictorial guide to soldering strong, reliable, wiring.
How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors
February 26, 2019
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches.
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.
How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections
October 24, 2017
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Point Wiring: A quick tip to eliminate stalling
May 29, 2017
I get a lot of email around wiring points. They seem to cause endless problems. I'm working on a guide but in the meantime, here's a quick walkthrough and tip
Baseboard tips: make wiring easier with a splash of paint
February 18, 2017
I wish I'd done this before my most recent journey to the dark side of my layout!
Why and should I solder my track — Reader Q&A
November 25, 2016
On the back of this reader question on track offcuts Steve Boughton reached out to ask if he should shoulder his track together. Here's the wisdom from
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,
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