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totaljustice

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« on: September 23, 2011, 09:04:22 PM »

I am using the EZ Track terminal re-railer connected to a Bachmann power supply and don't want to cut the plug off the terminal wire. I intend to wire my bus up to the opposite side of the re-railer track. My question is which tab is connected to which tab on the other side of the piece of track? Is each tab connected to the tab directly across from it or is it connected to the tab diagonal to it?
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NarrowMinded


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 12:17:47 AM »

Hi, They are connected straight across.

If your new to the hobby I would suggest you buy a electrical meter, a inexpensive one will due.

You could also buy a continuity tester like this one.


http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&q=simple+continuity+tester&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=16405739424697982583&sa=X&ei=sFh9TtzDLaiesQLX75Q7&ved=0CHYQ8wIwCQ#
NM-Jeff
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2011, 10:28:06 AM »

Hi, They are connected straight across.

If your new to the hobby I would suggest you buy a electrical meter, a inexpensive one will due.

You could also buy a continuity tester like this one.


http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&q=simple+continuity+tester&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=16405739424697982583&sa=X&ei=sFh9TtzDLaiesQLX75Q7&ved=0CHYQ8wIwCQ#
NM-Jeff

I have three of the below meters for some years. I know others who use them. Cheap to replace if missused.

http://www.harborfreight.com/7-function-digital-multimeter-90899.html

Get the below clip leads.

http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-low-voltage-multi-colored-test-leads-66717.html

If you do more than just play with trains, these items will make troubleshooting much easier.

Rich
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totaljustice

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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2011, 11:21:07 AM »

Thanks for the info!!!! I had an old multi meter that crapped out on me right before I asked this question. Ahhhh there's nothijng like forced upgrading. Thanks again.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2011, 03:07:35 PM »

Thanks for the info!!!! I had an old multi meter that crapped out on me right before I asked this question. Ahhhh there's nothijng like forced upgrading. Thanks again.

Know what you mean. I gave away a couple old VTVM's with mechanical pointer some years ago. I still have a expensive multimeter with mechanical movement in wood case that is just a discussion item now. Mechanical movement meters have had their day with casual users.
My Heathkit multimeter kit I bullt in 1956 gave up the ghost about siz years ago.

The meter link I posted does not measure AC current but that is hardly ever and issue with model railroad users.

Rich
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Jim Banner

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011, 04:51:20 PM »

I too keep a number of these low cost digital meters around, including one that measures 0-20 amps both dc and ac and another that measures temperature in addition to all the usual scales.  I keep one old but traceable moving coil meter around for doing some very specific measurements, for example, adjusting a bridge to null.  For that they are faster, but for about everything else, digitals are fast enough, surprisingly accurate, and unbelievably cheap to buy.

Jim
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