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post #70 of Old 11-12-2013
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Re: Nicro Day-Night 2000 solar vent repair

The other night, 15 months after our home-cooked refurbishment of our solar vent, we discovered it was not running once the sun set. I was surprised to think that the battery might have given up in such a short period but hoped that was the only issue. Upon opening the battery compartment the following morning, I discovered that some rust/corrosion had developed on the contact to the base of the battery and the base of the battery itself. Once this was remove with an Emory board "borrowed" from my wife's make-up kit, the vent resumed normal operation even with the solar panel covered. So, I recharged the battery over-night with a plug-in charger and reinstalled it in the vent, but this time coating the battery terminals and contacts with a little conductive grease to prevent further corrosion and we are back in business!

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