LGB rail electrical connectors 5016/1

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If you use these to connect to your rail, do you crimp the bare wire into the little nipple or solder, please?

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PhilP

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I would always solder..
 
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Soldering is better IMHO?

But then, I'm an Electronic Engineer....
 
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Crimping should be fine - then add a bit of solder. Sometimes we just can't help ourselves :oops::oops::oops::oops:
 
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stranded wire out in the weather can "adsorb" moisture, it can "wick up" between the strands, and it can oxidize, so by "tinning" the end of the wire, you make it more resistant to oxidation / corrosion... also it keeps the strands together.

Kind of a good rule of thumb...

Greg

p.s. tinning enough so it goes back into the insulation jacket is best, but it takes some experience not to be melting the insulation back.. doing this really seals the elements out.
 
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stranded wire out in the weather can "adsorb" moisture, it can "wick up" between the strands, and it can oxidize, so by "tinning" the end of the wire, you make it more resistant to oxidation / corrosion... also it keeps the strands together.

Kind of a good rule of thumb...

Greg

p.s. tinning enough so it goes back into the insulation jacket is best, but it takes some experience not to be melting the insulation back.. doing this really seals the elements out.
Interesting I used the old wires from my last line on the latest one. Only problem was the oxidisation of the first few inches of wire as you mention Greg. All had to be re-tinned after cutting off that dreaded Oxidisation. What is the secret for how to tin into the insulation jacket please?
 
PhilP

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A good flux-cored solder, and get it hot from the end.. Let the solder 'wick' up the wire, and follow it back with the end of your solder..
If you are really lucky, the insulation will just melt enough to seal onto the newly tinned wire as well..
 
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use 60/40 do not use lead free, doesn't solder well