for forty days and forty nights they strode unto the desert, then came unto his Valley, Green and plentiful;
And they saw that the hand of Bruce had harnessed a fast sweet stream and
attached a great rotating device to its raw power.
But Fear gripped them and they raised Great Cry as he coupled Wires on
Great Jars below the Device but Lo!
The air in their tents grew enchanted cool
and they made loud harangue of him and cried out
Why doest thee alone of all of us
who connect such jars have hair that no longer stands straight up??" ....
and Bruce gave comfort and showed them the Insulated Tools of Longevity....and
they were enlightened.
(blessings to Rockwell and The Testaments. )
of the thunder and lightning that Lurketh in charged batteries, lest it cause thee to
upon thy buttocks in a most unseemly manner. Cause thee no spark or short among
2. Again, again I say unto you, Underestimate Not the energy of a shorted
battery, for if thou so doest,
thy friends will surely be buying beers for thy lady and
consoling her in certain ways not acceptable to thee.
3. Suffer thou any DC
installation doth comply with ABYC and or suffer Mightily Of The Plague of Lawyers,
separate thee from thy worldly goods .
4.Remember to put in Parallel or Series only Batteries of the same type, age, size, weight
and state of charge
or suffer thou a Righteous Ream Job by thy Supervisor, and the miraculous
Shrinking of thy Wages.
5. Tarry thou Not amongst
fools that mixeth different Types of Batteries in a Bank, for they are disbelievers but
make question of them if their Airplane hath different size wings also.
6. Take care when thou takest the
measures of high-voltage circuits, or thou shalt incinerate both thee and thy
test meter. Verily, thou hast but small value and can be easily replaced, but the loss of a fine test
bringeth much woe and lamenting back at the shop.7. Bypass thou not fuses, breakers, or safety devices, nor wire thy vessel if
thou be color-blind for this can
arouse any Survivors to Wrath, and thou shalt
suffer severe beatings and Loud Doubts on thine Ancestry,
Present Worth and Future Prospects.
8. Covet not thy neighbors
true RMS meter and Suffer thou learn well the common, neutral, negative, ground,
bond. Amen, Amen I say unto thee, the Smoke pouring out your ears cannot be putteth back
thy Brain worketh not a toss without it.
Bedeck thyself not with jewelry or watches whilst working with Acid and Lead substances
lest thou compete
with Quasimodo on the ugly scale and thy Wife will have no further use
for thee except for thy Wages.
10. Give lasting peace,
even amongst the Unbelievers, by letting them wire up their own Electric Toilet.
I used these 10
commandments as the basis for the ABYC Marine Battery Seminar at the IBEX in Ft Lauderdale
It is now a tried and true tool for
emphasising basic DC safety and Battery Usage to the unwary.
Engraving from an original Electric Storage Battery Co Stock
Certificate, circa 1963. Not Bruce!
This is so far down no one will read it- but it is telling, so be aware.
For some research I called 11 separate Battery Companies for the Short
Circuit Current Data for their products.
Only two Companies recognised the term and had that Data....
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