Can someone please help me before I waste any more rail joiners,
or anymore track gets thrown across the railway room!
I've finally started trying to lay track. I've stocked up with lengths of flexitrack
and packets of rail joiners. I've also got myself a pair of Xuron track cutters,
the ones that cut across the track.
I'm cutting the track to length, filing the ends with a tapered lead, and,
eventually, getting the joiner onto the first piece of track.
When I try to assemble the second length of track to the joiner,
the joiner just slides along the first length of track.
I have read somewhere that the joiners can be tightened onto the track with pliers,
but all this seems to do is distort the joiner, making it loose on the second piece.
A: What am I doing wrong please?
B: When tightening the joiners with pliers, do you apply the pressure vertically,
squeezing between the bottom face of the track and the top of the flange web,
or horizontally, squeezing the joiner onto the sides of the web.
C: Is an acceptable alternative to lightly centre punch the bottom of the joiner
into the bottom of the track.
D: Should I resort to soldering the joiner to the first piece of track.
Thanks in advance.