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wooly1

Wiring a fish house

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What is the best way to bring all the wires together for the battery connection? I currently have a mass soldered together that was done in haste. Then a poor attempt to get all into a battery clip.

I do not like to run a generator but it may come to that. How have some of you, fellow har water anglers wired your houses. Is there a wiring block or some other hardware, where I can bring the wires to and then have a single set of wires going to the battery?

Also, TV hookup, I currently have an AC/DC TV which are becoming very difficult to find. Does a converter with a regular TV drain a battery quickly? How many hours of viewing with a regular car battery would you get?

Any info appreciated. I need to update my wheeler house that I worked on while fishing 10 years ago. Time for a remodel.

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They make multiple connectors that are 3-4 way. Use 2-3 wires to bring the connection together and the last wire leads out to the battery. They also make connectors that have a shrink like wrapping on them. They work best to prevent corrosion and moisture.

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There are any number of ways to bring all the wires together.

You could use something as simple as wire nuts, or a split-bolt compression nuts, or stud terminal blocks, or a barrier strip.

Something much better would be a fuse block so that you could fuse each circuit appropriately.

At any rate, you should always fuse the main connection right at the battery and any smaller branch circuits where they tap off the larger main.

Surplus stores like Axman, et al. can be good places to find odds and ends like this. Otherwise, electrical/electronic supply houses like Waytek or DigiKey likely has all the stuff you need.

One can even find some of this stuff in the marine, RV, or automotive section of outdoor and farm supply places.

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I think I would go with the fuse block as well.

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I used a marine fuse block, under $10.00, works great, everything in my house is "fused" for protection.

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Wooly1, Definitely go with a fused system. It beats trying to beat down the flames inside the walls. You can do this without a "block". I put 6-14 gauge wires into a copper lug connector. On the opposite end I put on "crimp on" slide connectors. The flat blade fuses (available in different amperages) fit very nicely on the crimp on connectors and if you get the correct connectors, they're insulated all the way to the end. Now I have 4 circuits fused and occupied, with 2 extra for the future. Phred52

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Thanks for the tips. Like I stated I did most of the build out while fishing and now I need to improve my shaky efforts from before.

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