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Old 05-09-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Little Relay Project

Here is a little project I ended up doing after my beloved Dr. Perky failed to start a few weeks ago Probably the first time anything failed at the dock in all human history. I discovered that the starter relay (and the stop one too) had worked themselves loose having been hung from the relay and not the socket. Note that one had no socket at all.

Organizing this mess has been on my "to do" list for a couple of years since I learned of the poor wiring job from previous owners during my starter fiasco. Three relays and a spare. One for the starter key, one for the stop button, and one for the preheater button all wired to a terminal strip. No project I do would be complete without mounting it to a slab of King Starboard.

Ok... fishing for a compliment. Is that SO WRONG??!!?

Here is the old... Two relays at the top center. The third is draping down over the starter. I am 100% sure this would have left us stranded very soon.



Here is the new (as yet unmounted or installed... that happens tomorrow)

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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Most excellent! Very tidy and professional looking job.
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Nothing like wiring you can trace out without having to touch and tug on. Well done Tom.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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"Nothing like wiring you can trace out without having to touch and tug on."

Sure there is , wiring that is labeled to make trouble shooting a snap.

When we were boat building Marinetcs panels (inspected vessels) were chosen.

With 5 DC panels #1 was the important stuff down to # 5 reading lamps etc.

Panel 1 wiring all began with wire number 1 and then followed with the next 5 wires , 11, 12,13,14 and so on.

Each DC user ,or item had the same number as its supply wire and therefore panel, on the item..

So if a fan labeled 35 failed , the CB on panel 3 ,5th CB down was cycled.Or wire 35 was examined for juice.

The local electrical supply has a great pad of stick on numbers ($10. or so) that is used bt the burgelar alarm folks that works great.

For all wiring place the numbers near the ends of the wiring , and again about a foot away, for future use , Stuff Happens, over the years. Pages of 1s 2s 3s , so you create the number desired .

For DC load control all the panels could be switched off , and only the items required on #1 operated.
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Well damn... THAT would have saved me quite a bit of time, effort, and money. *heavy sigh* Oh well, satisfaction is mine I guess.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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Most excellent! Very tidy and professional looking job.
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For labels on the wires themselves I often use a piece of clear heat shrink tubing to cover the label so when the adhesive loosens years later or less, the label stays put and in good shape .
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