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No more Lamp cord.

This weekend I rewired the aft half of my boat. New battery cables went from 4ga cheap automotive to 2ga marine grade, new electrical panels, and the 33 year old Morgan panel just wasn't cutting the mustard. All running lights now have continuous 14-2 marine grade wires; the wires are even red and yellow. I put in a 40 amp/hr truecharge charger hard wired to the good old square-d panel, which the AC electric will be rewired next month. I cut out and replaced the lamp cord that was running the blower, Radio, and auto helm. I even got rid of the, I don’t know what to call it other than, Stuff from the battery box that was hard wired to the battery with nothing other than lamp cord, and wired everything in so each one has a switch. I got rid of the Wal-Mart batteries, and put in two fresh 8ds. I removed anything that looks like a rats nest, threw out the engine room, and hung every bit of wire High and dry. I think the last owner worked for the phone company. I really wish I took more before pictures, I will put the few that I have online and some of the after pictures as well. I am really happy with the progress I have made on the boat, I am swapping out some of my scuba knowledge for a little sewing I need done, I am over the next few weeks replacing all the DC wire, I have 225ft of 14-2 left over from this weekend. I am really happy with how well my project is moving along, and my girlfriend is learning a thing or to about electricity.
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I hope you did the wiring right... did you calculate the load and the drop over distance for the wire size. 14-2 marine grade wire is nice and all, but it really depends on what the distance your running lights are from the panel, and how much of a load they draw. If you undersized the wires and screwed up with the circuit breakers, you're just asking for a good boat fire. Anything that causes more than a 3% drop is really not such a good idea...just my $.02 worth.
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I did my homework, thanks for the advice.
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So I guess you must have found some pigeons to give you money after all?
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So I guess you must have found some pigeons to give you money after all?
The title of this tread is not fight club, Stay out of it. I have plenty cash, I was just going see how many jackasses are out, like yourself, who would get his or her panties in a wad.
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The title of this tread is not fight club, Stay out of it. I have plenty cash, I was just going see how many jackasses are out, like yourself, who would get his or her panties in a wad.
I seem to remember you spamming with a link to your site, where you were asking for donations...and now you're saying yo have plenty of cash... Hmm... either you're lying now, or you were lying on your website...one or the other... Neither is good...
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would you guys please stick to the General Disscussion forum for this crap. It can be amusing there at times but here it's just out of place.
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would you guys please stick to the General Disscussion forum for this crap. It can be amusing there at times but here it's just out of place.
Jeeze where are the mods???
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Lamp cord...don't you just LOVE that stuff?

I'm gonna ask my Congressman to pass a law requiring the registration and licensing of lamp cord sales, just so we can end all this lamp cord crime.

(Hey, gotta keep 'em busy to keep 'em from making trouble!)
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