Been reading your blog for nearly a year now & found some great tips. I particularly like “Dangerous” Dave – his layout is superb.
I was watching his post of a few days ago when he was on about the 12 outlet connector blocks, something I hadn’t thought about. Only problem from my point of view is that I will need quite a lot for my layout & it would get very expensive. So I thought I’d make my own. Apart from the obvious cost advantage – I bought a 10 pack of 12 block strips for £3.50 – you can also make them whatever size you want. So if you only want 8 connections at a certain point, you’re not wasting 4. Or if you need 15, simple, just join an extra 3 on the end.
Here is one I made for 8 connections for a series of lights. I used 9 blocks but you could you use 8 if you want to be frugal & use the fist connector for feed & output if your wires are thin enough.
I started by taking some wire (I used the core from some 13 amp power cable but any wire would be suitable) & bent it to shape to fit into the connector blocks – pic 1. (Don’t fix the first until you have bent the second so that you have a pattern to work to.)
Insert in one side of the block & tighten screws – pic 2. Do same to second block.& then stick back to back, superglue works well – pic 3. All that remains then is to put some coloured insulating tape over the wire to easily identify positive & negative & insert your feed wires – pic 4. Turning the block over, you now have your parallel lines of connecters for your outputs..
I hope you like this tip & consider it worthy to pass on.
A big thanks to Mike. It’s great when one tip leads to another. If you missed Dangerous Dave’s last post, it’s here.
Please do keep ’em coming folks. I think I’ll carry on with the countdown on the most popular posts of the year – the top two seem to go down well.
Looking back over the year, it’s amazing what subjects have been covered, and what remarkable tips have come in. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to contribute.
Don’t forget, if you’re still sitting on the sidelines, the Beginners Guide will get you going.
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