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 Posted: Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 11:58 am
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Many people know this, but I'm sure many beginners haven't got to it yet. 

Sometimes we cut a length of flexi-track just a fraction too short and don't have another piece of track to replace it. A small piece from the off-cut can be placed into the centre of a rail joiner to fill the gap.

If there is a bigger gap, use a bigger piece of off-cut and consider soldering the joins to make sure its secure!

I hope this helps someone,

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Good tip Doug............thank you.........I had never thought of that before :thumbs



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Me neither and I have cut a few lengths short in my time. Good tip for the Forum Index.



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That makes three of us who had never thought of it before,  thanks for the tip Doug :thumbs

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Thanks, chaps, I blush  :oops: to to admit why I needed to do it myself...............[Bisto distracted me :shock:]


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that makes four of us , good tip :thumbs



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better than filling with solder any day, great tip,
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Hopefully there will now be a tip on how to accomplish this in N gauge.

(Good fix though).



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Good one Doug ,It happens sometimes ,and that's a good tip. Why are these things obvious after somebody tells you about it, but not before.:roll:



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That's a cracker! :doublethumb

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I wonder how many simple tips like this one that members know of and possibly think they are too simple to post about. Not so folks. This tip of Doofers couldn't be any simpler but there are quite a few here, myself included, who didn't know about it.



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Outstanding.  And the Nobel Prize for Tracklaying goes to ....
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Crikey!

And I seriously thought it might be a bit too 'granny and egg-sucking'.


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dooferdog wrote: Crikey!

And I seriously thought it might be a bit too 'granny and egg-sucking'.


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If there is a hundred of us on here and 99 know about it then it's still worth the post for the one person who doesn't.



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Robert wrote: I wonder how many simple tips like this one that members know of and possibly think they are too simple to post about. Not so folks. This tip of Perry's couldn't be any simpler but there are quite a few here, myself included, who didn't know about it.

Can I tell the Boss he needs Glassesquest:  I think he meant dooferdog's tip :pedal

A good tip:  no matter who presented it. I have used solder before & a right royal pain that was.

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I did indeed Sol and I have amended the post. Many apologies Doofer for the mistake. These senior moments are coming thick and fast now.



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I'm another one with my hand up saying it's a new one to me, Doug.

Now what about that length of track (including a point) that I've got to place into my layout without ripping up everything that's already there?? Somebody like to do a "How to" on that one quest: I seem to remember Rick doing something of that nature.

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Hi.

Due to inexperience I recently had to add quite a number of insulated rail joiners to my layout.

So as not to disturbe the trackwork too much I decided to try to do it in situ.

In order to remove the n/s joiners I thought of cutting one extra chair on each rail and sliding the n/s fishplate along into this space. That worked fine and the piece of track could be lifted out quite simply.

However, please can anyone advise a way of fitting the insulated fishplates, particularly where I have irj's at each end of a piece of track?

Also, is it possible to harden the plastic of these fishplates? I find them too soft and can "ruckle" up and the bottom lip bends downwards making it extremely difficult to push on to the rail particularly on points?

Thanks,

Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

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