Customizing the Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 5


I’ve been finishing up the wiring on my Victoria’s Farmhouse, Running tapewire around the dividers (which I put in after the “up-and-over” runs on each floor), making the connections, and putting a power jack in the foundation.  Here’s the diagram that I have been following for this build; the red wires were put in before the dividers:     

Part 1: Floorplan and Move a Window
Part 2: Attic Ceiling, Kneewall, and Starting the Wiring
Part 3: Customizing the Dividers
Part 4: Wiring the Attic
I didn’t follow the plan exactly, in particular the kneewall and attic ceiling which gave more flexibility for attic lighting, and I have added a bathroom and windows, but having the diagram always gives back more time than it takes.     
Today, I will talk about folded corners, eyelet connections, and power jacks.     


Folded Tapewire Corners:

A good wiring diagram helps to plan for as few connections as possible (always a good thing!). One way to minimize connections is to fold the tapewire for the corners instead of cutting and joining. A folded corner doesn’t need eyelets or brads, it’s 100% finished and secure.


A standard folded corner has two steps: “fold away”; and “fold toward”. That allows the “Fold Toward” to have the adhesive side of the tapewire against the wall. 


A Single-fold corner doesn’t do the “Fold-Away” first, so the adhesive is aimed away from the wall until you get to the next corner. For this to work, you have to put double-sided tape (like carpet tape) on the wall before wiring. It’s a little easier to do and it is a bit flatter to the wall than the standard folded corner.

Both styles of folded corner are thicker than the tapewire, and it leaves a visible lump under the wallpaper unless it is close to a door or window.   

 An Eyelet Connection in Tapewire

No matter how careful you are with the wiring plan, there will still be several connections. This connection uses Small Eyelets to join the runs, one eyelet to join the copper colored line, and one eyelet to join the blue colored line. I am using the EL-66 insertion tool; it makes the eyelet hole, supports the eyelet so it doesn’t bend, and is small and sturdy so I can use it to drive in the eyelets (a “whacker-backer” protects the dollhouse from my over-zealous whacking).  



The Power Jack 

Another change I am making is to use a power jack instead of the regular Junction Splice. A power jack is less visible than a junction splice, and it is more (much more!) robust. Here’s how to install one.

Drill holes (or use an electrification slot) to get the wiring into the foundation: 

  Whether you use a power drill or a finger drill, try to make the hole come out right next to the wall.   




Drill a 1/2″ hole for the Jack – I use (and recommend) the #247 Jack and a right angle plug. The Center lead will be wired to the copper and the Outer lead will go to the blue.

I have grooved the wall with a craft knife so the wires won’t push out on the Baseboard. I use speaker wire for this, run it through the holes, eyelet it to the tapewire, and solder it to the jack.        
That’s it – neat and tidy. I would have used the same process to get wire to the jack that’s at the heart of the ET-250 Electrified Turntable, which is my other “most favorite” way to get power into a dollhouse. Here’s a YouTube Movie.
I’ve got work to do   

3 Responses to “Customizing the Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 5”

  1. KayC Says:

    What size are those tiny little eyelets in you hand? Where can I find them?


  2. Becky Says:

    Hello, I do have a question about the eyelets. I don’t know the difference, but I have two sizes in my kit. Which do I use for the connections? What is the other size for?


  3. Becky Says:

    Hi Gary, guess what? I did it! AND it works. Yeah! It was not as hard as I thought it would be. Thank you for your help!