I'm almost too embarrassed to ask

Discussion in 'Electrical Systems' started by Kaptin-Jer, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Kaptin-Jer
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    Kaptin-Jer Semi-Pro

    I was going great guns today. I pulled my 110 wire from the shore power panel to the salon panel and I was going to hook up the 110 lead when I realized I didn't know how. I have been to Blue Seas, but the diagrams are for much more difficult questions. I have a couple of books, but non show the very basic - how to wire the panel. I am just going to have the main coming in, and one wire to a GFI - too simple to find anywhere. The panel I have in the salon is a Hunter panel about 4 years old. Is there a "Panel wiring for dummies" some where on the 'net?
     
  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Any 120 volt AC sub-panel has one hot lead (black), one neutral (white), and one ground (green). For hook-up, a diagram will show the hot (black) connection as L-1. The neutral will be L-2. The ground should be obvious.

    Alan
     
  3. Kaptin-Jer
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    Thats great! I understand that, Alan, but my problem is that I can't find that simple diagram anywhere. Which poles do the black L-1 get tied into? It's a dbl breaker.
    By the way I'm using Euo wire, Blue, brown and black, just to confuse the issue more. Hay, the wire is still good, very heavy marine grade.
    I know that to really answere the question you have to be looking at the panel, so it's really not a fair question.
     
  4. Kaptin-Jer
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    Kaptin-Jer Semi-Pro

    Alan,
    After tripping all the breakers 4 times all the way back to the dock. I finally got everything working. I found out that the panel was wired wrong for reverse polarity. As soon as I disconnected that wire all was good. Thanks for trying to help.
     
  5. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    I assumed there might have been at least a simple panel diagram. Any case, looks like you got it fixed.
     
  6. Kaptin-Jer
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    Kaptin-Jer Semi-Pro

    When you get stuff from a "Upull-1t" Marine salvage yard it rarely comes with a diagram. Usually I try to leave Tales of the old wire so I can replace Black to black etc., but this panel had to be cleaned and "pickled" to stop the corrosion. It came off a 40' Hunter that was sunk. That was 2 years ago. I'm just getting the opportunity to put it to work. and it does, even all the led lights and volt meter came on. I'm a happy camper!

    Thanks again
     
  7. Landlubber
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    Kaptin-Jer,

    I doubt you will stay a happy camper if the electrical panel came from a boat that has been sunk! There is no way you can " pickle" (wash out) the seawater, even clean fresh water is full of minerals that are eating away and having a wonderful time.

    I would start again and count the losses now, they are only going to add up as things electrical fail from slow corrosion. It is bad enough from new, second hand is not cheap, you are going to pay twice!

    Things usually go wrong too at the worst possible time, so fix it now while it is only a money problem.
     

  8. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Im afraid landlubber is very correct ,--wiring is one of those things you throw away after a sinking. If its all working I suspect the sinking was in fresh water but again ??? have you got lots of WD 40.
     
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