There are times when the choices we make, concerning cost vs. function, are not
always on the right track...... The picture on the right shows two terminal strips. The
upper one is an approved marine grade grounding terminal strip, designed to be used with
eyelet end wire and costs about $30. The one below it was from a household fuse box , that
was removed and used in a boat as a grounding strip. It was designed to be used with solid
conductor wire, has no hold down insulating bracket and costs about $3. Guess which one
failed and caused about $1,000 worth of damage to the electrical system? Guess which
one cost more?
I posted this photo
of a "+" main battery cable for several reasons. First note the type of cable.
This is house wire. Also, note that the eylet is not a marine type. And last but not
least.. remember I said this was the "+" battery cable and it is black in color
instead of red. Three strikes... and it took out the alternator.
Instead of us re-writing something
that someone spent time doing well...
Here is a link to:
- Basic Navy Training Courses
Electricity - DC Circuits
[these three open in new window]