Q & A — August 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
It’s Good to Vent
2: Making better connections, cleaning a teak-and-holly sole, and more
Is it better to solder
electrical wires to terminal connections or crimp them? P.V.,
Make sure your crimping tool is the size specified by the terminal manufacturer. After crimping, protect the connection from corrosion by sealing it with a coating of liquid vinyl, sometimes known in the trade as liquid electrical tape, or by using shrink tubing.
What do you recommend
for keeping a teak-and-holly sole clean? S.E., via e-mail
How is an open-circuit
voltage test done on a 12-volt battery? J.N., via e-mail
You can easily check the open-circuit voltage of your battery by disconnecting both cables, then setting your multimeter control to D.C. volts; for meters without auto ranging set it to 20 volts. Touch the red (positive) probe to the battery positive terminal and the black (negative) probe to the negative battery terminal and read the meter.
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This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.