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Old 11-01-2010, 15:45   #1
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Read the Manual

I had to install new marine house batteries. I inadvertantly struck a spark when I was attaching the heavy cables to the inverter.

The inverter now does not work. I have put off buying a new inverter or having this one fixed bcause we are at a marina most of the time and I bought a Honda portable generator for about $1000 that we use a lot when we are anchored out. We are about to set out for warmer climes. I got out the manual on the inverter and read it.

My wife was so suprised when I demonstrated a working inverter.
"How did you fix it?" she asked.

"I did not know it but it has an on/off switch!", I replied
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Old 11-01-2010, 16:58   #2
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funny how that works, just think what you would have gone though if you didn't have the manual
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Old 11-01-2010, 17:04   #3
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You get HUGE credit fer Manning Up and confessing that!

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Old 11-01-2010, 19:37   #4
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Well done! I always look at the manual as the last resort!
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:01   #5
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It's like reading the instructions to find out where extra parts go.marc
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:43   #6
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I've also found that "manuals" and perseverance are among the best tools & skills aboard.
Good on yah.
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Old 24-04-2011, 19:26   #7
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Re: Read the Manual

Manuals are great to have around so don't throw them too far away. I have worked on some industrial equipment that said on the cover of the manual, "now that you have tried everything else, READ THIS". Pretty good info after the fact.
Let me see if I have this right. "the water is below and outside, and the air is above and inside? sounds good to me
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Old 24-04-2011, 20:56   #8
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Re: Read the Manual

Real men don't read manuals....... until they have to.
The basis of accomplishment is in never quitting
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Old 25-04-2011, 09:08   #9
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Re: Read the Manual

Don't feel bad. I recently burned out my video card in my PC. Bought a new one, read the manual and installed it. Damn thing would not work. So after reading the book again, I took the PC to the shop where I bought the card and had them look at it. They plugged it in, turned it on and no joy either. So they open it up, look at it and ask me why I didn't hook up the power to it.

Seems the manual is a generic version and for older cards prior to the new ones that need extra power leads attached. I had put in a new power supply to make sure I had the power but never figured the card had a separate cord to the PS. I just bundled up that cord with all the other wires.


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