rohanjcp wrote: »
Thank you Bill for the analogy about the stars which was helpful.
There were some things you mentioned that I would like to clarify:
What is a "bus bar" and a "Bus common point" and "Bus connection"? I believe you are referring to something like Power Distribution Block Bussman 16220-1 175 Amp (view)
"it is better that they join back at the battery common point"
-Are referring to a situation where I have a single 12V battery that is supplying multiple loads?
Another question I have is that if I have to fuse for every branch of rays from the star (battery), would it be easier for me if I bought a West Mount Radio Rig Runner connected and fused to the 12v battery? I could probably use the bussman, but I don't know how they work and wire. I understand that this rig runner power distribution panel have many fuses built-in. Perhaps I won't need fuses to the loads going out from the rig runner since they are fused on that device. (ex. a load of an inverter, a couple of fused female cigarette plug adapter, maybe my handheld radio).
rohanjcp wrote: »
Also, I have some questions if you don't mind:
1) Do yo know of any reliable crimper that can do 8 to 10 AWG? Most of the time, these are 2 different tools. (maybe this?)
2) Do you know of any reliable wire stripper cutter that can do 8 to 10 AWG? Most of the time, these are 2 different tools depending on stranded or non stranded wires. (good but does not do 8 to 10AWG)
3) When I went to HOME DEPOT, they have all sorts of cables and wires. I know I should get the copper wires that are good for the outdoor. Should I get 2 each of the singles or should I get the pairs such as 8AWG/2? The pairs seem to come with a 3rd wire.
mike90045 wrote: »
Site has a sketch (and a VERY informative article) of how to wire to buss bars
BB. wrote: »
Placing it all in one box (like Mike's example) with rain/weather protection keeps the system flexible--and there is no chance of breaking wires or equipment as you move the pieces around for day/night use/etc.