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HI everyone,please excuse typing mistakes as i am no good with keyboards and now it appears DCC! the last time i wired up a DCC was Zero one all those years ago and after a 25 year break am just getting back into it.I am going to build a round the wall layout three foot on all sides and the room is 11x10 feet(see cant even find them things to indicate feet and inches).The trouble is I had a bachman digital controller so i built a test section involving 5 points and a cross over and as the points insulate during switching i just welded power points to various dead sections(BIG MISTAKE)I now have a burnt out controller and a duff chipped train... My question is ,does anybody know of anywhere i could send my plan and have it marked with where i should put power points and isolating fishplates?would appreciate any help as i am scared to touch it now!!!
 

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QUOTE (DANIEL6677 @ 8 Apr 2008, 18:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>HI everyone,please excuse typing mistakes as i am no good with keyboards and now it appears DCC! the last time i wired up a DCC was Zero one all those years ago and after a 25 year break am just getting back into it.I am going to build a round the wall layout three foot on all sides and the room is 11x10 feet(see cant even find them things to indicate feet and inches).The trouble is I had a bachman digital controller so i built a test section involving 5 points and a cross over and as the points insulate during switching i just welded power points to various dead sections(BIG MISTAKE)I now have a burnt out controller and a duff chipped train... My question is ,does anybody know of anywhere i could send my plan and have it marked with where i should put power points and isolating fishplates?would appreciate any help as i am scared to touch it now!!!

If you purchased your kit through a local model shop then that should be your first port of call - if not then buy the replacements in that way. Phone them first to establish a quiet time when they can help you.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum. I would suggest that you get yourself a basic book on DCC.
DCC Made Easy: Digital Command Control for Your Model Railroad - quite good, but a little dated.
Digital Command Control (Aspects of Modelling) - more recent. Good book.
Use the forum too. Post you plan here and get the opinion of others. There are many here that are willing to help.

See the DCC quick links at the top of this page.

See info on posting images and photos here.

To give some personal advice, it is always best to wire tracks without a controller connected, but where you wish to put the controller connect up a 9 volt battery and buzzer. Lay the track and wire it all up to the DCC BUS or connect it all together. Make sure there is current going to all parts of the circuit - every piece of track, every siding and parts between points and crossings. If at anytime you hear the buzzer, you have a short. Fix it and carry on. You don't want any shorts - when points are switched or when isolated sections are turned on.
 

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Thanks Doug,I have tried mags and internet but DCC seems to be one of those things where the more you read the more confused you get.But I will get the boss(wife) who is computer literate to put a pic on the forum.
 

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QUOTE (BVM @ 8 Apr 2008, 20:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If you purchased your kit through a local model shop then that should be your first port of call - if not then buy the replacements in that way. Phone them first to establish a quiet time when they can help you.
 

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Just ordered a new conroller from Hattons unboxed for £44,so that i can get everything set and workin before upgrading to Lenz or something of that standard ,once bitten twice shy i think!!!
 

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***Hi

if you want help I am happy to assist.

Send a drawing of your track plan AND a description of the stuff used (ie peco electofrog/insulfrog points etc) to sales @ DCCconcepts.com and I will mark the position for isolating joiners and power feeds for you.

Richard
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