When you have no electric bills you have to do maintenance on the battery system. Mike checks the water and acid level in our batteries on a regular basis so they stay in good shape. Unfortunately he spilled acid all over the batteries a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully it didn't splash back on him and he was able to neutralize the batteries by using baking soda. But now Mike is concerned about the floor of our shipping container. Friday was a perfect day to take out all the batteries and make sure everything was good.
This is always a little nerve racking as it is a time consuming job and we have to shut down the house. We have to run the generator to keep the refrigerator running.
Mike takes off the side of the battery box so we can take the batteries out:
The hard part is lifting all the batteries out. They are heavy and just kind of awkward. I came up with an idea to use the hooks we have on our bungees and Mike came up with the idea to hook them to a strap. Teamwork:):) By making a carrier we can move the batteries much easier:
Easy right…only 24 out and then back in again:
It's a good thing we got around to this. As you can see the damage from the acid on the board that was beneath the batteries:
We take the old board out and Mike uses a mixture of baking soda and water to neutralize any acid that is left:
Princess Niki finally decided to see what we were up to:
I get the fun job of using a wire brush to clean all of the battery terminals while Mike goes down to the barn to get a new piece of wood to put under the batteries:
Mike pours acid into the batteries to make them last longer:
Mike checks the charge on each one of the batteries to make sure they are all good. He thought we would have to replace some of our original batteries by now but they are all good:):) I'm happy to say our 6 1/2 year olds golf cart batteries are still going strong:)
Once all of the batteries are cleaned, checked and filled we start putting them back inside the shipping container:
All the batteries are in place…time for the wire hook up:
Mike ordered some new lugs for the batteries to make it easier to hook up and also to use less wires. Mike is cleaning the wires that we don't need anymore:
I get to sand off any corrosion on the terminal ends:
Mike added all of the new lugs and starts the wire hook up:
Hooking up the batteries to each other on the front row:
Mike putting the battery wires in series to turn the 6 volt into 12 volt from front to back:
Mike tightening the new lugs:
The is the new set up. One lug with both wires inside:
The old way where the wires could wiggle:
It took us most of the day but our battery system has been checked, maintained, and put back online:
It all went well and we are up and running again:) It's not so bad to do the maintenance we just have to keep Mike from spilling the acid, lol.
That's all for now…have a wonderful week.