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post #8 of Old 11-26-2007
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Originally Posted by Perithead View Post
Ok, this is my "fuse panel" with the copper strips for the hot and ground wires to be attached too.
I can see what whomever designed/fabricated that was up to. Ideas are okay. Execution leaves something to be desired.

Originally Posted by Perithead View Post
I am not sure but it may be plated of covered with something else.
Doesn't look that way. That's not necessarily a problem, as long as the solder joints are well-made and the mechanical connections are gas-tight. Still: Plated is more better .

The bigger problem is some of those lousy termination crimps and some of the wire.

Originally Posted by Perithead View Post
IThis is my "plesiglass panel" as you can see. The two on the right are coming from my battery and the others go to my fuse/ bilge pump/ VHF.
Same issues as above.

Originally Posted by Perithead View Post
IThe wiring in the boat may be the original wiring for all I know but is it some sort of "lampcord" looking wire. With the earth and hot wires connected together with the rubber coating.
That's what's known as "zip cord." I can't imagine that's original equipment. I can't imagine it's suitable for marine power applications.

Originally Posted by Perithead View Post
IOriginally posted by SEMIJim: (not sure how to do that correctly)

Could you more explain what you mean by this. Its not totally clear to me how I am suposed to ground more than one thing to my control panel.
Sorry, wasn't aware the single ground connection point to which you referred was a spade-lug. I figured on a screw terminal of some kind. I quite honestly don't know what I'd do in your situation. I think somebody with more experience in marine wiring is going to have to field this one.

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