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How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:46:24 AM »
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I have a number of these Kato feeders:

http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Kato-HO-N-Terminal-UniJoiner-35-p/kat-24818.htm

How can I tell what gauge the wires are?

Thanks.


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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2016, 12:03:33 PM »
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I would say: just use them and don't worry about the gauge.  If Kato thought they were robust enough, they will be fine.

If you really want to know, that info is often imprinted on the wire insulation. You might be able to find a piece which has that info.  Or strip the insulation and measure the diameter of the wire. That is a bit difficult on stranded vs. soild wire, but it will give you a some idea of the gauge.  There are lotos of wire gauge charts out in the Internet which specify the wire diameter.
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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2016, 01:30:16 PM »
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My Kato feeders are 24 awg.

Like Pete said they should be more then sufficient for what you need.
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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2016, 01:38:07 PM »
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My Kato feeders are 24 awg.

Like Pete said they should be more then sufficient for what you need.

I'm concerned how they'll work in these Scotchlok 905 connectors:

https://www.zoro.com/3m-displacement-connector-22-14-awg-pk50-905-box/i/G3310736/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwv467BRCbkMvs5O3kioUBEiQAGDZHL66vW0X3fDpdtusHxl5NGdgkKLddgxutmG0oV_Wo5FAaAnx28P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

The specs say they work on 14 to 22 gauge wire. If the Kato feeders are 24 gauge, will the connectors work? It's always something LOL.


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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2016, 04:23:37 PM »
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You can always put two or  more wires into that tap.
 With a small switch yard, you can grab the feeders from the parallel tracks ( just as example) and tap them into one point.
 Would not hurt to put an extra wire in it anyway just in case you need it for a switch or another piece of track in the future. 

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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2016, 04:53:29 AM »
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I'm concerned how they'll work in these Scotchlok 905 connectors:

https://www.zoro.com/3m-displacement-connector-22-14-awg-pk50-905-box/i/G3310736/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwv467BRCbkMvs5O3kioUBEiQAGDZHL66vW0X3fDpdtusHxl5NGdgkKLddgxutmG0oV_Wo5FAaAnx28P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

The specs say they work on 14 to 22 gauge wire. If the Kato feeders are 24 gauge, will the connectors work? It's always something LOL.


Hmm... the suspense is
unbearable...



Nope

Make sure your Scotchlock connectors are the proper ones for your wire gauge.

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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2016, 02:55:55 PM »
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Nope

Make sure your Scotchlock connectors are the proper ones for your wire gauge.

I can't find any suitcase connectors for 14-24 gauge wires.

I know what I'll do, I'll strip some insulation from the 24 gauge wire and fold it over on itself and twist it together. I'll give that a try.


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Re: How Can I Tell What Gauge Wire My Feeders Are?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2016, 03:42:01 PM »
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I'd use these. Instead of an inline connection, make it a butt connection. Takes up a little more wire, but can handle the gauge.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-Connector-19-26-Moisture-Resistant/dp/B0000WR5C4

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