Bridge Clamps

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mole

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25 Oct 2009
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ipswich
HI there Gizzy I have some of the clamps you might want they were ones what Glendale used to sell I used them on that lift out bridge I had you know the one I used to do the limbo dance under when any problems were allways on the other side of the bridge send me your address and I get some in the post to you Funny thing put some on ebay last year and never got any response at all for them
 
Gizzy

Gizzy

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26 Oct 2009
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HI there Gizzy I have some of the clamps you might want they were ones what Glendale used to sell I used them on that lift out bridge I had you know the one I used to do the limbo dance under when any problems were allways on the other side of the bridge send me your address and I get some in the post to you Funny thing put some on ebay last year and never got any response at all for them
Thanks Chris, PM on the way....
 
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Paul M

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Royston
I could clamp my feeder track to the main layout and leave my cable dangling I suppose, but I'd want to keep the banana plugs clean, dry and corrosion free.
Well it's probably a bitad late now but. How about having some female counterparts to your banana plugs located in a suitable, dry location, to plug your plugs into whilst not in use. If they're weather proof types, you'll have somewhere to keep them dry and tidy
 
The Shed

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I'd want to keep the banana plugs clean, dry and corrosion free.
Something like this, box from Screwfix, Debox In-Line Connector Box, two holes at the front for the sockets. grommet on the rear for the two cables out, once I've connected it up the little test layout outside, will cover the exposed solder connections, and make a seal around the inside of the lid with Liquid Electrical Tape, used them previously for all manner of electrical connections around previous Analogue and DCC layouts, both inside and out.

Box will screwed on the underside of the test layout, somewhere with easy access, when done playing testing, unplug the Banana Plugs, wind the cables up, easy to take back indoors,

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Gizzy

Gizzy

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Something like this, box from Screwfix, Debox In-Line Connector Box, two holes at the front for the sockets. grommet on the rear for the two cables out, once I've connected it up the little test layout outside, will cover the exposed solder connections, and make a seal around the inside of the lid with Liquid Electrical Tape, used them previously for all manner of electrical connections around previous Analogue and DCC layouts, both inside and out.

Box will screwed on the underside of the test layout, somewhere with easy access, when done playing testing, unplug the Banana Plugs, wind the cables up, easy to take back indoors,

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More or less the arrangement I have now, but those boxes could be useful for point decoders when I get round to installing them....
 
Gizzy

Gizzy

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Thanks to Mole, I have some bridge clamps coming up the A14 anytime soon.... :rock:
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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25 Oct 2009
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Something like this, box from Screwfix, Debox In-Line Connector Box, two holes at the front for the sockets. grommet on the rear for the two cables out, once I've connected it up the little test layout outside, will cover the exposed solder connections, and make a seal around the inside of the lid with Liquid Electrical Tape, used them previously for all manner of electrical connections around previous Analogue and DCC layouts, both inside and out.

Box will screwed on the underside of the test layout, somewhere with easy access, when done playing testing, unplug the Banana Plugs, wind the cables up, easy to take back indoors,

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Have used some of these as junction boxes for the layout. This one has almost disintegrated as it gets morning sun. Another disintegrated completely as it got sun all day.
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This one has survived quite well, gets morning and sun till around midday but has been preserved by the spray of halfords matt black rattle paint. Note the Rusted screws, perhaps a dab of grease or vaseline when fitting may help.
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Gizzy

Gizzy

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26 Oct 2009
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Just back from a short holiday, and I have received the bridge clamps from Mr Mole.

Hopefully I will fit these next week and see if this fixes my problem....
 
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phils2um

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11 Sep 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Here's another thought if the bridge clamps don't work out. Try looking at low voltage outdoor lighting extension cords. You'll get a plug and mating socket plus a screw on cover for the socket when not in use. The wire is typically 12 - 16 awg so no significant voltage drop if kept short.

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Gizzy

Gizzy

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Today after I arrived home from work, I fitted the bridge clamps I received last week from Chris.

A quick test and it seems to work well!

Hopefully I now have resolved my problem....

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