Just passing this on. I am a documentation
freak since my memory is bad and I can't remember how I wired/plumbed something about 5 minutes after I pick up my tools. So I document and diagram everything on my boats, and when I was a working electrician/electronics tech, I would do it for customers as well. I also find that diagramming things helps point out what is sometimes wrong and/or missing in a circuit or system.
Pencil and paper work
fine but you all know the pluses and minuses of that. I can't afford a CAD system nor do I have the time/skill to learn one. Some of the more basic drafting systems can work
but all the ones I have tried were either too hard to use, brain-dead, or had other problems. I have used Microsoft Excel for years and found that it gave the basic drawing tools I needed, had colors, and has worked through several generations of operating systems and hardware
. I still have battery
system diagrams for customers from 12 years ago that I did on a PC running XP and I can still use them on my MacBook running the Apple version of MS Office. They have changed some things and it isn't quite as easy as it used to be but after I play around with it and learn the quirks it does the job.
I use the "Shapes" (on latest Excel) tool for basic forms and then use lines and arrows and some other features to fit it all together. Once I create a special object like a terminal strip, fuses
, circuit breakers, antennas, etc. I group and ungroup as needed. I can type words in all the shapes just like a text box. Anyway, I have attached a few that I have done. Someone might find it useful.
I don't know if these can be opened/modified with anything other than MS Excel (e.g. Open Office) so they may only be looked at if you have Excel. I'll try to put an image on for those who can't open them. I can email
the .xlsx files to anyone who might want them since I can't attach those file types.
Hope this works but no guarantees.
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Well the PDFs didn't work so I'll try something else for that.