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dc main bus wiring

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Hello folks.

 

I'm currently installing feeder wires on my DC layout. Regarding the main bus - It runs out from the controller, under the main line and then stops before the controller. Should the cable be a continuous loop back to the controller, or is it ok for it stop short of the controller, and rely on the power being fed back through the main bus to the controller?

 

I hope this makes sense.

 

Peter

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Hi Peter,

 

It doesn't need to return to the controller. Your layout is the N gauge 5' x 3'?

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Correct Dave, 5' x 3'. Thank you for the reply.

 

I have most of the feeder wires soldered to the rails. Ready to connect them to the main bus using scotchlok connectors.

 

I was least looking forward to soldering, but find it fairly satisfying.

 

P

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Correct Dave, 5' x 3'. Thank you for the reply.

 

I have most of the feeder wires soldered to the rails. Ready to connect them to the main bus using scotchlok connectors.

 

I was least looking forward to soldering, but find it fairly satisfying.

 

P

 

Don't use the scotch lock connectors as they can be unreliable. Solder all your joints and you will never have trouble.

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Cheers Dave. Is there an efficient way or tool to use to strip the bus wire at different parts of it? Or do I just take a knife to it to strip it?

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Hi Peter Buy a Irwin vise-grip self adjusting wire strippers Just bought one myself for 19 euro. Best thing ever. strip all my bus wire ect. So simple to use. Best buy ever. you cannot go wrong with this tool.

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I use these, they are self adjusting and will strip 2.5 down to .25

 

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