|Back of Wall Plate || Front of Wall Plate|
Plate as purchased from a Dollar type store. Three 4 wire plates will yield two
6 wire plates
the mounting screws the screws holding the spade terminals and discard. The
Spade Terminals may also be removed at this time.
the Contact Block that holds the contacts and wires. There is a Locking
Tab on the side that you can push in with a small screw driver and the
block and wires will slide out.
Contact Block removed
You can see the comb like structure that
aligns the Contact Pins.
contacts are basically a piece of stiff wire so to remove them you just
straighten the contact and push it out of the Contact Block. Do not pull on
the wire as it may pull out of the contact and you can not put it back on.
The contact does not have to be completely straight just enough to get it
out. Yellow wire and contact are pushed partially out.
the contacts are different lengths depending on which row you remove them
from so make sure you put them back in the same row.
the contact that you have removed and insert it into the destination
contact block in the same row that it came from. Some times there is a bit
of flash in the hole that you may have to remove to get the contact in.
sure the contact is fully seated and bend the contact into place like the
others. The contacts will rotate a little in the block but the positioning
is corrected when the block is inserted into the Wall Plate.
you have you have added the 2 new contacts it is a good time to connect
the LocoNet wire. Note the Green and Yellow wires have been added to the
Contact Block in the outside positions. It is much easier to wire the
Contact Block out of the plate.
colour codes will match on the 4 central wires and the outer wires are
connected to their respective wires in the outside position of the LocoNet
the wires with Heat Shrink Tubing. Be careful when shirking the Heat
Shrink Tubing as the heat will melt or warp the Contact Block especially
if using an open flame as it will also burn the shrink tubing.
inserting the Contact Block into the plate make sure the locking tab is to
the outside, the contacts are all nice and parallel and block should slide
in and lock.
of installed Wall Plate|| Back of installed Wall Plates.|
your left over parts. I was making 4 plates so I have 2 leftover plates
and Contact Blocks