RichardB
Hi new member here,I have just bought ADS 4SX decoder and a coil of the recommended plait cable. My problem is that this cable is to big for the terminals any suggestions art from cutting out strands.
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fj29a

At the risk of making a fool of myself, because I have no idea what an ADS4DX is, and am not familiar with the cable you describe.  


My thought in this matter requires a very short piece of cable which is the right size for your terminals and two, even shorter, lengths of heat shrink tubing.  Solder the two cables together, slide on heat shrink tubing, apply suitable heat to shrink the tubing.  QED. 


if that idea is silly then I apologise. Please ignore me.   TTFN

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Bunkerbarge
I have come across this before with terminals that seem to be too small for the cables.  All I can offer, which may be of assistance, is that I always score the end of the cable sheathing when I strip it and then pull it back only around a millimetre or so.  Then I twist it a few times before pulling it off.  This gives a nice neat twist to the end of the strands that reduces the chances of stray strands as well as ensuring the cable is as closely wound as possible.  I also ensure that I back off the screw in the terminal as far as it can go as sometimes this is not how they are produced and a little more space can be created by backing off all the way.

It might also be worth looking into the possibility of a cable that has the same capacity but a different manufacturer might produce it in a slightly smaller diameter.

If that doesn't help then you are back to either removing strands or soldering a tail as mentioned above.  The trouble is then you are reducing the diameter of the cable, which effectively creates a point of higher resistance.
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JMan

I had the same problem with my ADS 8SX but with patience and care they do just fit. As Loco Driver suggested ensure a tight twist to prevent stray wires & possible short with an adjacent terminal.

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AHJAY
Many miss the fact that there is a plate in the terminal so that the wires are not cut by the screw.
The terminal needs to be opened (anticlockwise) before the wire is inserted, then, once its in, tightened.

regards, Ahjay
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Mr Bones
Make sure you don't have too long a wire stripped back. It really only needs a short length no more than 4mm. Ensure the end is twisted and the terminal is fully open (Anticlockwise) as AHJAY says above. The holes in the terminals are right at the base, don't try pushing the wire in any higher.
They are fiddly, but get the wire right and they go in easily.
Hope that helps.
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RichardB
Hi Guys many thanks for all your suggestions and will experiment with your ideas. 
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RichardB
Hi Guys again, mission accomplished thanks to AHJAY and your suggestion to remove the metal "tongue" works fine. Now working. 
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