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Old 07-31-2019, 03:40 PM   #1
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Heavy Battery Removal

Those of you who have replaced 4d and 8d battery banks - how did you get the old heavy batteries out of your engine room? I'm probably going with 6v replacements which I can probably manage. Any ideas on who would be willing to do that? I'm in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.
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Find a supplier who delivers and installs. You will pay more than Wal-Mart but you should be able to pay for removal and installation. Auto parts or auto service companies might be your best shot.
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I got another guy to help me lift them. I replaced them with 6 volt batteries.
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The last time I did that I gave some young Navy guys that happened to be in Morehead City for a training exercise 20 bucks of so for 4 8D's, remove and replaced, took them about 20 minutes all told. Before that on a set of 4 L16's, the barretry shop sent some young bucks as well. Ditto several times before that in various and sundry locations on the east coast. The battery shop will almost always know or have someone, as will any good marina dockmaster.
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Those of you who have replaced 4d and 8d battery banks - how did you get the old heavy batteries out of your engine room? I'm probably going with 6v replacements which I can probably manage. Any ideas on who would be willing to do that? I'm in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.

I used block and tackle, muscle, and the winch on my boat deck to get a couple out of my aft lazarrette. I did it by myself.

I have another 8d Lifeline in the ER that will be much harder to get out and it will take brute force. When I have to replace that, Iíll try and get my son and son-in-law to do it. They both are very big guys (not to mention young and foolish).

Unless you have similar young and foolish guys around (ask around the dock and see if there are laborers around who would like to make a few bucks) then it may be that you can make a deal with whomever you purchase the new batteries from to remove the old ones.
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Use a reciprocating saw to cut them into manageable chunks.





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I replaced my 4D’s by my self once. The chiropractor fees would have paid for some help.
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Old 07-31-2019, 05:29 PM   #8
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Use a reciprocating saw to cut them into manageable chunks.

*That's a joke...seriously
You said it, now I can see someone trying to do it ............
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I asked a friend to help. He is smaller then me and I could not budge them. He carried them alone on the boat , down the stairs and slid them in x4. Didn't Break a sweat. Cost me 2 beers.
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I removed my one 8D by myself. That was 4 years ago. Would not want to try that today.
I was on the hard, got them to the gunnel, then got one of the yard guys to bring the forklift over.
The rest is ancient history.
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:23 PM   #13
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Find a supplier who delivers and installs. You will pay more than Wal-Mart but you should be able to pay for removal and installation.
Agree....Pay the supplier to deliver and place the batteries in the boat rather than paying the chiropractor after the fact.
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We left our dead 8d house bank down there as ballast.
Lugging 600kg/1300lb out was to much like hard work
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We`ve got to change one this weekend, and will do it ourselves, as usual. I hate it, my back is already compromised, but we get it done.

A major issue is in confined spaces you cannot always get into a safe "bend the knees, back straight" position. I understand bending forwards opens the vertebral spaces at the back and closes them at the front, so spinal pressure tries to push the disc out the back, creating a risk of disc damage.

Remember 8Ds weigh around 50kg and up,getting someone else to do it can put them at risk.I believe 8Ds were intended to be fitted into trucks using a forklift.
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Definitely let someone else do it. You couldnít design a worse ergonomic disaster than bending over to pick up an 8D out of a typical engine room. After two back surgeries I would not even try to drag one on pavement.
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Paid the yard folks to pull and replace all four of our 8D's. Check writing device is a lot easier to lift than those monsters.
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I've done it in on the hard....
4 guy - 2 lift to Swim platform w 2 there to receive
2 in ER w other 2 passing them down to receivers.
2 in ER to position them
It doesn't take long w the right help.
How many beers depends on your friends but it's worth what ever it takes.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:22 PM   #19
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Sling a thick rope between the handles and get another person to help. Easy to lift an 8D that way. Much easier than trying to lift directly.
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Sling a thick rope between the handles and get another person to help. Easy to lift an 8D that way. Much easier than trying to lift directly.


That is exactly what I did a couple of years ago except I used two ropes, one on each battery end. Fast and easy.
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