Posts Tagged with ‘Electrical’
21 Apr 2012
A couple of weeks ago I made a hard decision. I knew we’d need to have lights onboard and I was not wanting to reconnect the old florescent fixtures that were corroding. So that meant we’d need to go ahead with our LED conversion. It sounds so simple. However, its not.
There are mountains of conjecture and bickering online about which LED lights are the best, which draw the least current, which are coolest, how much they affect RFI for radio transmission, and finally how br […]
14 Apr 2012
This week I got what I hope to be my last major shipment of wire from Genuinedealz.com. I decided to order all the wire from them since I didn’t feel like buying the very expensive proper crimp/die set for heavy duty battery cable and these people only charge 1 dollar per lug that includes a crimp and heat shrinking. Very nice.
Well equipped with several hundred dollars worth of tinned copper we set off to visit Sundowner again on what turned out to be a very beautiful and windy day.
07 Apr 2012
This week started off as a bad week for boat work. It started the other day when after installing the Victron battery monitor we noticed that it was reading negative amp consumption while charging. Well as it turns out what that means is a backwards shunt. I didn’t think shunts had orientations but this one does since it has a PCB board mounted on it instead of just lead wires.
The clear thing to do is to unscrew the pcb, turn it around, and remount it. So on Wednesday after doing […]
01 Apr 2012
If Dani’s reaction to me flipping a switch and the VHF coming on was any indication, then I’d say yes they do. However, lets not get too excited or ahead of ourselves. The VHF did come on but it was just for a second as I was testing.
The day started with me mounting shunts and bus bars. Then the fun continued with connecting the batteries and jumpers between all this mess.
The fun part started when I began connecting the breaker panel up. I probably went a little overboard wi […]
31 Mar 2012
Today was day I was dreading. Mostly because I have a bad history with reciprocating saws. Stuff had to get done anyway though. And today’s tall order of business was to mount the new electrical panel, the main on/off switch, and the battery monitor.
Dani and I picked up a piece of of acrylic glass to mount the electrical panel on instead of plywood. We thought of using metal but didn’t know a good source for the exact size. We thought of wood but didn’t feel like pai […]
25 Mar 2012
So yesterday after my blog post about installing the batteries I had several readers comment about my rope holding the battery box in place and expressing (rightly!) that it is not a stout enough solution to the problem. And let me tell you, I love the people that comment and give great advice here. I take it to heart.
So today I set about rectifying the problems seen yesterday. I devised a new hold down. Instead of a wimpy little rope, I decided to go with a more serious solution. At fi […]
24 Mar 2012
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t talking about music and drugs, but hell, this boat work stuff seems like it could be sometimes. Today was a lot of heavy lifting, grunting, and groaning.
When I was in high school I worked for a landscaper and there was this old short fella named Mack who would always tell us that we got 20% more power if we grunted when trying to move something heavy. He called it “bowing up”. And today was definitely a bow up sorta day.
Last night we bought 4x […]
09 Mar 2012
When you’re rebuilding a boat’s systems your shopping lists can look a little crazy. I often wondered before I got “into it” what the purchasing and acquisition of parts looked like for someone doing this sort of thing. I can tell you now, its total madness.
Its gotten almost comical. The mail men know us by name now. We receive packages like a business would. We have outboards and dingies showing up via giant trucks and the neighbors all wonder what the hell […]
04 Mar 2012
Today we opened the engine hatch to get into the engine room so that we could look cringe at what was back there. The big Cthulhu looking tumble of wires.
Doesn’t look too bad right Dani?
Anywho. I began my days work with the usual way that I begin any boat work day. That basically means I get out a hammer and a crow bar and I break some things so I can feel better about life. Today I decided to start by using a hammer and crowbar to remove the fuse panel and its box. You c […]
03 Mar 2012
There is definitely no way to reverse what has been done today and while that is unsettling to me, it also feels great. Its the feeling I got at the beginning of the process of replacing the engine when I ripped out those first few hoses and shelves. Oh my God, what have I done? But you know, I like to live on the edge a little. It was battle I tell you. Tate vs The Bad Wiring. Tate vs The Electrical Panel. It was an all out assault! So here goes.
Friday afternoon the mail […]