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Old 30-04-2020, 16:39   #1
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DC Electrics Training

Hi all, I'm looking for constructive things to do during this lockdown and I want to improve my DC electrical trouble-shooting, installation and maintenance skills. One year into boat ownership, I still find electrical work to be the most challenging and intimidating. Can anyone suggest some online training that would help me improve my skills. I don't tend to learn so well from reading books, so video demonstrations would be best.
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Canadian Yachting Media is doing a series of webinars
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Re: DC Electrics Training

From Fluke:

Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/user/FlukeCorporation/videos

Fluke Digital Multimeter Basics Online Coursehttps://www.fluke.com/en-ca/learn/on...-online-course

On-Demand Webinars https://www.fluke.com/en-ca/learn/webinars

Electrical Troubleshooting Tutorials from Fluke https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ke-210338.html

Including:

Testing Electrical Systems with a Digital Multimeter
http://assets.fluke.com/appnotes/aut...e/beatbook.pdf

Alternator Testing
https://dam-assets.fluke.com/s3fs-pu...00_ENG_A_W.PDF

“Beat the Book" - Testing Electrical Systems with a Digital Multimeter:

http://support.fluke.com/find-sales/...547394_j_w.pdf

Troubleshooting Marine Engine Electrical Systems
http://support.fluke.com/find-sales/...547394_j_w.pdf

Troubleshooting Outboard Motor Magneto Ignitions
http://support.fluke.com/find-sales/...547394_j_w.pdf

Diagnosing voltage drop: electrical automotive troubleshooting
https://www.fluke.com/en-ca/learn/bl...roubleshooting

Testing Corrosion Protection Systems
hhttp://assets.fluke.com/appnotes/electricalpower/B0269b_u.pdf
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Old 30-04-2020, 17:38   #4
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Thanks SilverSailor and GordMay. I've started watching the Canadian Yachting Media webinar (looks good so far) and will check out all the other suggestions. Thanks again.
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Re: DC Electrics Training

OK. DC circuits are intimidating you, but you admitted it. I'm not sure at what level, so forgive me if I assume that they REALLY intimidate you.

We recently faced helping high school students who are hands on learners understand basic DC circuits. We ended up giving the class (traded them for a 1946 unused sextant!) these kid's circuit kits:

https://www.amazon.com/Snap-Circuits...s%2C426&sr=8-3

I found them fun, and I survived (barely) Electrical Engineering 101. My wife (chemist) enjoyed them as well.

It may seem pedantic, but people coming along now do not get the experience with automobile 12 VDC circuits that we did growing up, and the kits take them through 100 circuits bit by bit, and if it will help you, please don't be embarrassed by the "age 8 to 12."

Do you have a digital multimeter? You need one if you don't, they're cheap, and you can start at the battery and trace a circuit from there to (say) the nav lights and back to the battery. Draw it as you go.

Best wishes on it.
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Pacific Yacht Systems & Off Center Harbor
both have multi part YouTube videos
on all things electrical, start there

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Hi all, I'm looking for constructive things to do during this lockdown and I want to improve my DC electrical trouble-shooting, installation and maintenance skills. One year into boat ownership, I still find electrical work to be the most challenging and intimidating. Can anyone suggest some online training that would help me improve my skills. I don't tend to learn so well from reading books, so video demonstrations would be best.
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The most important thing to learn is Ohm's Law. It is the fundamental foundation of electrical circuits.

Search youtube for Ohm's Law and watch enough of them so that you understand it better than you know the back of your hand.

Then do the same for Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws.

Embed them into your DNA.

Now you will be able to begin to make sense of all things electrical and there will be no more mystery.
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The most important thing to learn is Ohm's Law. It is the fundamental foundation of electrical circuits.

Search youtube for Ohm's Law and watch enough of them so that you understand it better than you know the back of your hand.

Then do the same for Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws.

Embed them into your DNA.

Now you will be able to begin to make sense of all things electrical and there will be no more mystery.


Well letís say less mystery ;-)
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