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Old 28-06-2018, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hi - just started to build my model railway. Reading a lot but confused about the best way to attach the track dropper wires to the bus wires. Iíve read that soldering them is the best but any tips on how to do this safely under the baseboards?
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I’m interested in this article because I need to solder my lights but what puts me off from soldiering is the fumes, I have Silverline lead free but apparently it still as 40 % lead. Is it safe to use or could the fumes cause problems to your health ?
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Old 28-06-2018, 07:27 PM   #4
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Surely if it states lead free it can’t have 40%. Does it say 'lead free'?
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Can’t say until I goto the club but that’s why I bought it but when we checked the product it contains 40% lead. But I have read if you use total lead free it’s rubbish and very difficult to sold. My dcc is used with wire clamps red/blue but left enough wire from the droppers in case I decided to solder them at a later date.
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Old 28-06-2018, 07:55 PM   #6
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There is an easier way using Peco power feed joiners. Drill a hole under each rail and route the wires to a terminal strip which connects to your controller - no soldering necessary!


http://www.hattons.co.uk/62345/Peco_...ockDetail.aspx
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 28-06-2018, 08:07 PM   #8
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I use earth blocks like these - https://www.screwfix.com/p/4-way-earth-block/12386#_=p


Connect one thick wire from the block to the bus with the correct size suitcase connector (eg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scotch-Lo...r=431435873292), and no soldering needed below board at all.
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That’s the name I was thinking of Scotch Locks. But what about street lights when the wires or very thin surely the only way is to solder ?
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Old 28-06-2018, 08:48 PM   #10
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Have a look at the part of this thread where I solder the droppers to the bus:

http://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/s...ad.php?t=13976
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