CaptainK once whispered in the wind:
Mark S (Coot)
You said you're tied up at a dock. So you own a boat. I noticed on your profile that you didn't list, that you own a boat?
What type of boat do you own?
I haven't filled out the profile yet. I have a Beneteau
42CC; it's mostly the stock configuration, though we upgrade the electrical system
. My wife and I are out cruising, though we've been stopped in Baltimore
for several months. For some reason, I just don't feel like being out in the cold this winter...
I think what Mark was saying around the latter half of his post said.
I believe he means, that if you find a burnt wire. You should replace the entire wire that has burned. And replace with a new wire?
I'm not saying "don't inspect the wiring" -- just if you find anything, replacing the burned up part is not enough to fix the problem.
Not exactly. Let me try again.
I should be able to hack the end off an extension cord, plug
it in to any circuit in my boat, and touch the two ends together without causing any damage. The only problem that results should be a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
If a wire or connector was hot enough to get burned, it was hot enough to start a fire. If you put an identical new wire and connector there, the same problem will happen again next time. You don't want to almost-start-a-fire every time you blow a fuse.
So my point is this: If he found any burned wires, there is some OTHER unknown problem in addition to the short circuit that he knows about. That unknown problem would also need to be identified and fixed.
b.t.w. I don't have a problem with hacking off the burned end of a wire and using the undamaged portion, as long as I am sure that it really IS undamaged.
I never re-use burned power connectors; I've seen what is inside enough of them that I wouldn't trust one after it has been damaged.