I nearly destroyed my sailboat’s electrical system when switching to lithium batteries!

February 3, 2024

Last summer, while doing a raft up with S/V Meili, the aft cabin battery bank suddenly, and unexpectedly gave up the ghost. I had recently performed all the maintenance tasks on the batteries, and believed everything to be good. When I pulled open the aft battery compartment I was horrified to find two bulging batteries,

Don’t be this outlet! Use sane electrical wiring practices

November 25, 2018

Wiring on a house from the 1950s should never be expected to be top notch, however this outlet really blew my mind… There have been several electrical revolutions since the 1950s. This house is a testament to each era in wiring style, and overall safety. I have been tracing wires through the unfinished basement and

Replacing the battery charger

November 16, 2014

After the electrical issue that caused a system overload I noticed there were a few ghosts in the system, one of which the house lights, which are LED and powered by the 12v system, would not always come on when switched on. Instead they would suddenly jump on after a few seconds. This happened for

Electrical troubles with Penny

November 15, 2014

Penny was manufactured in 1977 so naturally she is bound to have her own unique creaks and groans with age. Today a new one surfaced with nearly dangerous consequences… I awoke this morning to a burning smell in the cabin. This is never a good sign! I quickly started moving around the salon (living room