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    Default Using alligator clips to connect feeders to bus wire

    Anyone do this? I'm only considering this because I know if I'm trying to solder the feeders to the bus wire under the table, I'm gonna have burnt spots in the carpet from falling solder, plus it's awkward for me to get under the table and then try to solder.
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    Have you thought of using suitcase connectors (Scotch locks)? No soldering required. I would think that alligator clips would be a short hazard, as they would be exposed.

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    The correct name for suitcase connectors is IDC (insulation displacement connectors) because that is how they work. When I went looking for some, even at an electrical component retailer, I found only ones that suited similarly sized wires. What you will need is ones that allow for the main buss wire you are using ( the one closest to the hinge of the "suitcase") and with the secondary position in the IDC, sized to suit your feeder wires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tootnkumin View Post
    The correct name for suitcase connectors is IDC (insulation displacement connectors) because that is how they work. When I went looking for some, even at an electrical component retailer, I found only ones that suited similarly sized wires. What you will need is ones that allow for the main buss wire you are using ( the one closest to the hinge of the "suitcase") and with the secondary position in the IDC, sized to suit your feeder wires.
    3M 905s are usually suitable. The "run" connection is for 14-18, the "tap" connection is for 18-22.

    Some folks like the 925X where the "run" connection is for 14-18 but instead of a "tap" connection it accepts a male spade connector, which allows disconnecting the "tap" wire as needed.

    Frederick

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcwilt View Post
    3M 905s are usually suitable. The "run" connection is for 14-18, the "tap" connection is for 18-22.

    Some folks like the 925X where the "run" connection is for 14-18 but instead of a "tap" connection it accepts a male spade connector, which allows disconnecting the "tap" wire as needed.

    Frederick
    These sound like the ticket, I'll see if I can locate some.
    Retirement is for when the weekends just aren't long enough anymore.
    Santa Fe, and BNSF fan.
    Paul


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    I use ScotchLok 567 IDC (insulation displacement connectors) on my layout with no problem. I also use them on my FreeMo modules which have now been in service six years. Wouldn't use anything else.
    Wayne

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    I went to HD this morning and they just had the regular looking suitcase connectors, so that's what I got in the size I needed. If they give me trouble I can always change em out with one of the other connectors that have been mentioned.
    Retirement is for when the weekends just aren't long enough anymore.
    Santa Fe, and BNSF fan.
    Paul

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    What you bought will work out well, and the beauty is, no soldering! I went with the T-Tap connector due to my bus wire being 12G and my feeders are 22G. I couldn't find a Scotchlock that would connect those 2 sizes.


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    Thanks for all the info. I had planned on soldering , but after running the bus wire yesterday, I realized that I was not going to be able to get underneath and do that, due to my back.
    Retirement is for when the weekends just aren't long enough anymore.
    Santa Fe, and BNSF fan.
    Paul

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