Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So tired

Foster dog is recovering nicely. But I've been with her 24/7 since I got her back and I'm exhausted. I hope she can sleep alone tonight, because my own dogs miss me and I want to sleep in my own bed tonight.

The battery bolts came in the mail yesterday and... they fit! I need to get some pipe cleaners tomorrow and clean out the bolt holes, though - looks like mud daubers had set up shop in them some time ago and they are full of dirt.

I'll also try to play with some floor plans for a dome tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Update: To help alleviate some confusion (mostly mine), click here to see what my batteries are. Please note where it says "Terminal Type I2-Thread lead alloy recessed terminal to accept M6 bolt"

I will try to take a close-up picture of one when I get to cleaning them.

Update 2: Ok, here's a pic of my batteries.

The one on the right is exactly how they came to me. The one on the left, I have inserted the bolts I bought. There seems to be a "stop" inside the socket, so there's a gap between the hex nut and the face. This begs the question, do the cables I use for the parallel connection go under the hex nut, or between the hex nut and the wing nut, or does it matter?


HermitJim said...

I hope you get a chance to sleep in your own bed! Nothing like the familiar when you are trying to sleep!

Hopefully they will all get along now!

lou said...

Abby, After you get as much as you can off the battery terminals, mix some baking soda with water, then brush it on the terminals. Let it set for a few minutes and wash it off with the hose.

Abby said...

Thanks, Jim! I'm pretty sure getting along between foster dog and Tara will never happen. There can be only one top dog, and Tara is it. I did get a pretty decent night's sleep, though :)

Lou, there are no "terminals" - these batteries came bare of anything, which is why I had to buy the bolts. Nothin' there but holes.

tffnguy said...

Abby, sure hope the two can get along, but it sounds like that won't happen. Glad you are getting your batteries lined out. I made the lugs for my battery bank using plumbing copper. Also did the same for some of the terminals for Frann's. I just cut the copper in short lengths about the same length as the lugs and used copper just big enough for the wire in the cables to slid up in. I used Bigfoot's crimper on mine, but used a vice and chisel to crimp the ones for Frann's. In both cases I used a small torch and wire solder to solder the wire to the copper. Then I smashed the other end flat and drilled a hole big enough for the battery lugs to go through. They work as good as the $2 lugs and cost a lot less to make. Of course there is more work involved though.

Automotive side terminal cables have the exact connectors to fit your batteries, but they only have that terminal on one end. They are cheap though and you can cut them to the right length and make the lugs for the other ends. Just a thought.

Bustednuckles said...

Put the bolts in first and use a wrench to tighten them up snug, that is what the hex head on the bolt is for. then put the cable on and tighten the wing nut finger tight. Next, use a pair of pliers and turn the wing nut a quarter to half turn. Just snug, not too tight. Make sure you get some battery cable/terminal protecter, preferably the spray on type. The plumbing copper idea would work, my only conern would be the lack of insulation around the conductors.

Abby said...

Busted, they seem to stop about 1/3 in - am I gonna break something if I force them in farther with a wrench? What does the protector get sprayed on - inside where the bolts go, on the bolts? Anything else? Thanks :)

Nick Cooper said...

Hey, long time no see. just a thought:

Dont try to turn those threaded posts into the battery any farther than they go.

Then follow what busted knuckles said. The spray on stuff goes all over where the connections are met, after they are connected ITs a seal against moisture in the air and the metal.