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Hi All.   When one builds a new layout or part thereof . How can one test it before pinning/ gluing / Ballasting down the track? Especially where DCC and Electrofrog Points are concerned.    Best wishes.  Kevin



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Hi Kevin

My official short tester when i building and physically wiring a layout if you have one is i put a sound loco on the track burbling away if it suddenly stops you know you have created a short that way you can instantly know you have made an error and not spend hours wiring only to find later on you have made a mistake and then possibly have to spend a lot of time finding it.
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I did all my testing using DC power and a multimeter to check for shorts/correct polarity, before hooking up the DCC system.

It seemed the easiest way to do it for me.



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Hi Kevin,
A voltmeter set to resistance (ohms). You are measuring continuity. 1=no continuity, a reading of 0.00-0.05 means continuity, electricity will be conducted. They are not expensive. Mine has point probes, and I usually set it to around 200k. 

Digital ones are more robust than analog ones. 

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Hi Brian.   Thank you for your reply . I usually do the testing on Direct Current. The sound wouldn’t be on to assist in fault finding, and I was concerned with that fragile wire from the frog and drilling extra holes for nothing.Best wishes.  Kevin



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Hi Ed.  Thank you. Even though I do have a multimeter I never get the how to do it correct in my head? One day I will/may manage to get round to it?   Best wishes Kevin 



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Hi Nigel     Thank you, for the voltmeter explanation, I will try to get my head around that. My one is digital , as you say “ cheap as chips “.   Best wishes. Kevin



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