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Some tricks for the tower. The Radio Shack 14 volt screw type bulbs are used. Wire is fed up the center. In these spotights the center is a rivet surrounded by cardboard. All I did was shine up the rivet, insert and soldered the wire in. Next THe tower was repainted so all the tabs were cleaned for contact of the ground. I had no terminals and made some. A number 6 bolt and nut, tightend to the base for ground. For the positive post bolt, I isolated it with a number six nylon washer and I used a cut LED Xmas light base, for the top and tightened all with a nut. Just simple tricks.




 

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So the frame itself is ground, huh? Is that typical of how these accessories were wired? I.e., no dedicated return (ground) wires, but rather use the frame to complete the circuit?

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The metal ones, Yeah, most likely. The buildings I have are structure grounded but if it has a whistle, more wires are needed. The bell ringer cross signals were structurally grounded too! Good question.
 

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How come you didn't paint the tower cat walk?
Are you going to brush it?
Wires would look better black too,:thumbsup: paint them?

You said that you re soldered the wires, did you have the cardboard attached to the rivet with the light or did you cut a cardboard gasket and add it to a new rivet?

I got to fix mine.:D
 

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My first tower has the insert. I used fiberglass insulation behind the insert.This tower has a rivet with a cardboard piece attached to the housing. So I got it to work with the original rivet.

On the top everything was riveted. I left it alone for now. It was a fast paint job. The paint flaked off. My other tower is original so for now, the tops match.

There are times, I do not paint everything.

Painting the wires is a good idea. I'l wait to see how yours looks.:D

I haven't connected up mine yet, to the table.
 
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