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George D
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  11:29:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Pennman

Wow, George, it looks really well done. I think if I tried this, there would be many derailments !!

Rich



TYhanks, Rich. So far my testing has been a Kadee truck pushed across points and frogs and everything has been smooth. I'm looking forward to a real test.

George



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Carl B
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  11:36:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks George.

That Weller WES51 is a very good station. Its been updated with a digital readout of temps.

Your dial setting is clearly labeled...85 X 10= 850 degrees.



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George D
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  1:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Carl B

Thanks George.

That Weller WES51 is a very good station. Its been updated with a digital readout of temps.

Your dial setting is clearly labeled...85 X 10= 850 degrees.



Thanks, Carl. I wasn't aware of that.

George



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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  4:13:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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While I'd rather do my own root canals that hand lay track it looks like you are doing an outstanding job George.



George, I like model railroad challenges, but I'll have to agree with Mike on this one. I too would rather go through a root canal.
You do make it look easy though.



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BigLars
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  6:23:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love seeing someone else is hand building turnouts. Cheers from another crazy person!


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George D
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  8:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by BigLars

I love seeing someone else is hand building turnouts. Cheers from another crazy person!



Maybe it's contagious and I picked it up from you at one of the gatherings at Sully's place.

George



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Dutchman
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  8:55:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really nice work, George. Those tips you've picked up and the homemade tools that you have made up over the years are obviously working!


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Rick
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Posted - 07/02/2020 :  10:23:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very impressive George.



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George D
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Posted - 07/03/2020 :  1:40:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Rick.

Thanks, Bruce. Like many here, I like tools and sometimes you have to make your own.

George



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jbvb
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Posted - 07/07/2020 :  2:23:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work, George.

60/40 or 63/37 solder melts at 360F. You might want to try cranking the temperature down to 400-ish and see how it performs. The thermostat will turn on the heating element the moment you touch the tip to the work. If the response is fast enough, I think you'll find that the tip oxidizes less at 400F than at 850F. But tips can be replaced if you need the higher temperature, as long as they're still available. Weller is pretty safe, but I have a 1990s Radio Shack iron whose tip is eroded to a funny shape; still works but it's doomed when the tip becomes unusable.



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George D
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Posted - 07/07/2020 :  3:07:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, James. The joint heats quickly and a quick touch of solder and the joint is secure. No problem with the tip, but I clean it often. I'm going to be dropping some leads soon and will crank the temperature down for that.

George



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George D
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Posted - 07/07/2020 :  3:09:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A quick update.

All six switches are done. I'm in the process of cleaning and checking all the solder joints, which is going slowly. I pushed an unweighted hopper over all the turnouts (back and forth back and forth back and forth). I found two problems which have been fixed. I want this to be bullet proof when I place it on the baseboard.



George



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George D
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Posted - 07/07/2020 :  3:09:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A quick update.

All six switches are done. I'm in the process of cleaning and checking all the solder joints, which is going slowly. I pushed an unweighted hopper over all the turnouts (back and forth back and forth back and forth). I found two problems which have been fixed. I want this to be bullet proof when I place it on the baseboard.



George



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  07:24:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George I have to fess up. Doing my own root canal is not that big a deal as I have false teeth!
Nice track work!



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wvrr
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  07:40:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, George. Interesting project, too.

Chuck



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