Q & A — November 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
There is a Difference
| Part 2: Wire splicing, paint craters, and more.
Can I use wire nut connectors to make splices in a wire run? P.E., via e-mail
The ABYC-approved method for splicing is butting or three-way connectors. Other approved methods include blades, bullets, or snaps for friction-type connectors; indirect bearing connectors for set screw connectors; and ring, locking spade, and flanged spade for terminal connectors. In addition, friction-type connectors should be able to resist a pull in the direction of the conductor of at least six pounds for one minute. Contact the ABYC (410) 956-1050 or www.abyc.com for a complete listing of its safety standards.
Does it matter how far away my inverter is from the battery? N.R., via e-mail
Most inverter manufacturers offer remote-control panels for monitoring and operations. These panels can be mounted at the helm or other areas for easy reference.
I noticed a little patch of small, crater-like openings in the paint on my hull. What could this be? C.R., via e-mail
The area affected by the craters will have to be completely sanded down, cleaned, and prepped properly before repainting.
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This article originally appeared in the October 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.