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2 Days Ago 04:41 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I had a friend run his 12V tools off wires and alligator clips with good results. He built a wooden battery dummy out of wood and attached contacts to it.

Of course the 12V low amp cigarette lighter inverters are cheap and plentiful now and they could be used to run corded tools off the 12V house supply.

2 Days Ago 02:09 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I've got a lot of Milwaukee M12 tools and I toyed with the idea of hacking up one battery and adding a lighter plug extension cable. Then I'd be able to run multiple tools.

Though the modern lithium tools have chips in the tool and battery which might not take kindly to this scenario. Using older tools means that's not a problem.
2 Days Ago 01:44 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Aside from the scrubbing that I need to do to clean up the cockpit.. my new "tiller". Post hole digger handle, for about $10 at Lowes. Cut it to length, shaved the end just slightly with a dremel, and drilled two new holes. Drilled out the tiller bolt holes to accept a new 3/8" stainless bolt (temporary one in the picture, I have to pick up the correct length tonight). So, call it $5 bucks worth of a bolt, washers, nylon washers, and lock nut. And then a few bucks for a coat of varnish that will go on either Saturday or Sunday likely.

So it fixes the issue of not having a tiller (was old, very brittle, and was snapped off during the haulout last winter. Was expected), as well as tightened up that tiller connection on the hinge to take all the play out of the tiller handle. Should be a lot easier to control now. So... maybe 20 bucks worth total?
2 Days Ago 12:59 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
This is from TDQ from another thread:

100 Ah rechargable 12 volt drill.
A short video of how I did the conversion.

Been working GREAT!

Note; You can turn off the 3D for standard viewing.

3 Days Ago 12:10 PM
Capt Len
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Best cable for the drill rewire is heavy speaker wire .Flexible and big current carry. Take the handle apart and solder to internal battery connections.Built a 17 ft'r on the beach in Thailand with my old Makita .9.8 v Still have a couple if any body wants to go this route.
3 Days Ago 10:22 AM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

This is from TDQ from another thread:

100 Ah rechargable 12 volt drill.

TopTip for working on the boat off the grid. Take one of these old drills with a dead pack. Anything from 9.6v to 14.4v. Discard battery and add some cable and croc clips to allow you to run it direct off the house bank. No waits for recharging now.
1 Week Ago 11:13 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I don't really care since all food is usually packaged or zip locked. Shusss dont tell!
1 Week Ago 10:50 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Painted my polyethylene Ice box with paint for plastic. wiped it down with acetone first. seems ok so far!


Less then $10!
But is it foodsafe? Any off gassing can taint food.
1 Week Ago 10:37 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

supposed to.. will see. it's way better then it was in looks
1 Week Ago 10:24 PM
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I really hope your paint sticks. It's really hard to get anything to adhere to polyethylene. Add the temperature cycling, and it will be even more challenging. But maybe that will be the next guy's problem.
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