Originally Posted by Golden Echo
Here are some things to consider when wireing AC in a boat
2. Plan your system out specifically for your boat
. Make wiring
diagrams and when you think you've got it perfect, sit on it for about a week and then come back to it. You'll be surprised the extra stuff you will think of.
3. Shop around
You'll be shocked at the difference in prices between retailers. Some suggested places:
4. If a Job is Worth Doing, It's Worth Overdoing
7. Tools are Everything
Get yourself a good Rachet crimper. Don't mess with the squeeze type. <snip>
One last thing, and I know I'm going to get fried for this one; buy yourself a Smart Plug
outlet and shore power
cord. The safety
features and ease of use are worth the money
. This is a power cord you can hook up to your boat in the dark, with your eyes closed.
I am in total agreement with Item 2. And though everything is on a single
phase so line balancing isn't going to be a concern, proper circuit layout is very important..
I love Item 4. I hope you don't mind, I going to adopt that quote.. I have lived that for most of my life, just never heard anyone state it that way..
Item 7. It is critical you get a gas free crimp - gas free meaning a crimp so tight air cannot get to it.. And unless you have a grip like the Hulk, those simple squeeze type crimpers won't do it every time.. The ratchet type are pricey. But take care of them and they will last a life time.. Also if you don't used tinned wire, the end you crimp should be tinned.. This goes miles toward achieving a gas free crimp..
Item 3. Yes I left this for last because while I am a 100% believer in tinning the end of the wire before I crimp it, and all of the advantages it provides, I do not understand the advantages a tinned wire would provide especially if it was tinned after it was bundled - it would then be effectively a solid wire..
In closing, the irony of your statement about being fried over the suggestion to get Smart Plug
outlet did not fall on deaf ears.. And while some make flame the comment, one would never be fried <LOL>..