Some basic truths I learned wiring feeders

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by eve_9d9, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. eve_9d9

    eve_9d9 Member

    Im in the depths of wiring a buss line and feeders at the moment (actually taking a break right now) and figured Id share my experiences, so here they are....

    1. the day after you spend a fortune on copper wire for your buss, youll find some in the garbage at work that would have worked just as well

    2. soldering a wire the diameter of a human hair to a 1:160 scale length of track with 1:1 scale soldering iron is the the most frustrating thing a human can do

    3. dont check if your soldering iron is getting hot by grabbing it between your fingers real can be the fastest person on the planet, youre still getting burned...

    4. run your feeders before you ballast the track.....

    Im sure there are more of these to come.....stay tuned and pray for me......
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Sounds like Murphy has been there.:p

  3. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    #1 is definitely true. I come across free scraps of wire between 1-2 feet long all the time.

  4. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Never hang you iron over where you intend to crawl.
  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Never solder under the layout with shorts on....wall1
  6. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    It isn't very wise to do it in bare feet either.
  7. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    My parents cats used to chew the wires under the layout...
    my parents could always tell when I was soldering by the "OUCH!"s coming from under the layout. That was before I learned how to solder properly.

    How do it correctly? Pick up flux and solder...and use a soldering iron...not a gun. Apply flux to the wire and the rail. Heat up the wire until touching it with the solder causes the solder to flow onto the wire. Next, heat up both the wire and the rail at the spot where you will be soldering...and the solder will then flow from the wire onto both. You don't generate enough extra molten solder to cause the dreaded drops of molten solder. :p
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Of course you know where you just put down your soldering iron. But never pick up a hot iron without SHARPLY LOOKING AT IT!

    Invariably you will grab the iron at the wrong end! :eek::curse:...

  9. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Trying to make neat sweet joints doesn't work with wire. :)
  10. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Unplug a large freezer full of frozen fish to plug in your extension cord for your iron. Forget to plug it back in.
  11. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Leaving your hot iron on the floor and having your dog thinking it is a new toy. I did this one.
  12. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Wow! I've always been concerned about my cats doing that...but they're generally good about avoiding hot things...still, I could see them accidentally doing that.
  13. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    The problem is a dog is not as smart as a cat. The cat will check it out first. The dog will just pick it up then figure out what he has after the fact.
  14. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Actually, when the cat realises that the soldering iron is a tool, and therefore somehow related to useful work, it avoids it. ;) Most dogs, on the other hand, know how to solder, but they're lacking that all-important opposable thumb. Still, they remain eager to help. :-D

  15. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Resistance soldering takes care of all the hot iron problems.
  16. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I hope to get or build one of those in a few years...for building brass locomotives.
  17. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    I built mine for about ten dollars but had some of the items around the house.
  18. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Not bad. Did you follow an article...or do you enjoy circuitry?
  19. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    I read a couple of how to articles. here is a link on what I built. Make sure you have good grounds on everything and if you want to be safer use a ground fault circuit. GFC
  20. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    :mrgreen:Very nice, DocWayne!:mrgreen:

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