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Old 27-01-2013, 15:09   #1
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WANTED: you to install my battery charger for $$

I bought Nigel Calder's " mechanical and electrical manual". it's very good, and I'm learning a lot, but I have decided to hire someone with skills to install and program my battery charger.

While I agree that the local electrician at the boatyard is charging the going rate for this area, and so by definition is "reasonably" priced, I simply can't afford it.

I'm looking for someone competent to do the work for an "unreasonably" low wage of say, $50.00 per hour? Even better would be a set price.

The boat is located in Deale, Md.

I don't have a car and I'm located an hours drive away in Arlington VA, but if needed, I can take a taxi out to Deale to make arrangements.

Thanks, Eric

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Old 27-01-2013, 15:26   #2
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Re: WANTED: you to install my battery charger for $$

Eric

I guess this means you didn't walk away from the boat!

But you should take a shot at doing this 1 yourself.
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Old 27-01-2013, 15:33   #3
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Eric

I guess this means you didn't walk away from the boat!

But you should take a shot at doing this 1 yourself.
Nah...couldn't walk away forever. I love the little gold digger too much.

I hope to move her closer to home immediately after installing new batteries and charger, so I don't have to spend two hundred dollars on taxi every time I visit.
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Old 27-01-2013, 16:12   #4
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Re: WANTED: you to install my battery charger for $$

I'm in Arlington, too, and do professional installs and consulting.

I often do installs in Deale. Please....don't spend $200 on a taxi ride :-)

Give me a call and let's talk about it.

My email is bill at wdsg dot com

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Old 27-01-2013, 16:47   #5
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Re: WANTED: you to install my battery charger for $$

Replacing a boat battery is a DIY job. Here how

Replacing a boat battery
1. Turn off your boat engine.
2. Shut off you main 12volt breaker or switch
3. Wear your gloves because the battery stuff is corrosive, and be sure the battery tray is completely dry before taking the next step!
4. Remove the cables from the battery terminals.
Use an adjustable wrench to first loosen the nut and bolt on the clamp that holds the battery cable on the negative terminal. (That’s the post with the little “–” or “NEG” Black cable on it.)
Now loosen the cable with “+” or “POS” Red Cable. Remove the cable from the post and lay it out of your way. Then remove the other cable from its post and lay that aside.
5. Remove whatever devices are holding the battery in place.
When you’re removing a bolt or screw, after you’ve loosened it with a tool, turn it the last few turns by hand so that you have a firm grip on it when it comes loose and it doesn’t drop and roll into obscurity.
6. Remove the battery.
7. When the battery is free, lift it out of its seat and place it out of your way.
8. If the tray on which the battery was standing has deposits on it, clean it with a little baking soda dissolved in water.
9. Place the new battery on the tray.
10. Make sure it is facing in the same direction as the old one was.
11. Replace the devices that held the old battery in place.
12. Try to wiggle the battery to make sure it’s completely secure.
13. Replace the battery cables on the terminals in reverse order from which you removed them.
Sand them or clean them to get a good contact
The + positive Red cablegoes back first. Make certain that the clamps holding the cables on the battery terminals are gripping the posts tightly.
Now put the – negative Black cable on and tighten. Make certain that the clamps holding the cables on the battery terminals are gripping the posts tightly.
14. Take the old battery to a recycling center that accepts batteries.
Batteries are filled with a toxic, corrosive liquid and must be disposed of properly. What’s more, old batteries are usually rebuilt into new ones, so just throwing one in the trash is doubly bad for the environment. If you have your new battery installed when you buy it, the shop will recycle the old one for you. They’ll probably want to charge a few dollars for this service, but try to negotiate it into the price. You also can call your local recycling center for a referral.
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Old 27-01-2013, 17:30   #6
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Cotemar he is putting a programmable charger in also and I think he doesn't want to take a chance of messing up the charger
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Bill knows his stuff. If you can get him to help you with the project it will be done right.
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Old 27-01-2013, 18:32   #8
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Re: WANTED: you to install my battery charger for $$

Hello Cotemar! You gave excellent instructions on installing a new battery. You could add one more thing...place a "spoon-full" of Vaseline on the battery's terminals and on any exposed parts of the wiring. If you see any exposed battery metal, connectors or cables, cover it with Vaseline (petroleum jelly). As long as these areas are covered, you will not have to worry about corrosion from the marine environment. Mauritz
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I should have added to my last post that Silicone Grease (Marine applications) is preferred than petroleum jelly, as it will not melt as easily in warmer climates. Mauritz
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Bill knows his stuff. If you can get him to help you with the project it will be done right.
He really does, grab that offer you'll be a happy camper with the outcome.
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Old 27-01-2013, 19:42   #11
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Eric,

Glad to hear your guys are back to work on your westie.
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I'm in Arlington, too, and do professional installs and consulting.

I often do installs in Deale. Please....don't spend $200 on a taxi ride :-)

Give me a call and let's talk about it.

My email is bill at wdsg dot com

Bill
Hi Bill,

I've just sent you an email too.

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Old 27-01-2013, 20:34   #13
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I'm in Arlington, too, and do professional installs and consulting.

I often do installs in Deale. Please....don't spend $200 on a taxi ride :-)

Give me a call and let's talk about it.

My email is bill at wdsg dot com

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Email sent, thanks.
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Glad to hear your guys are back to work on your westie.
Thanks, it's good to be back.
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I hope to move her closer to home immediately after installing new batteries and charger, so I don't have to spend two hundred dollars on taxi every time I visit.
Car rental ??? ... 50 bucks plus gas.

I wish I were located closer ... would like to help. I am sure we can help you here on the forums to diy. Start with a drawings and route the wires and connections on paper first.
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