O’Reilly Auto Parts WOW

I emailed O’Reilly Auto Parts to praise the weekend employees who made things right in the whole solenoid debacle.

A customer service rep emailed me back, thanked me for taking the time to say good things about their staff, and asked where they could send me a $50 gift card! WOW!!!!! Again, I did not email to complain, but to show appreciation, something I know customer service reps don’t get enough of.

The card’s in the mail and now I get to dream of what I can buy with all that cash.

Hmm… a socket wrench set? A case of oil for my truck? Ginormous crimpers if they carry such a thing? I wait a week for the truck AC repair and get the Freon? Ooh, they sell wiring! I’ve determined that my idea of using 4AWG is ridiculous and am going to use 10AWG; I can get a 75′ spool from them for $42.99.

It’s like I just won the lottery! 😀 Any other suggestions? 😉

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  • Refresh my memory. WHERE are you using the 4 AGW? From the panels to the combined box — overkill. From the combiner box to the controller within 10 feet? Overkill. From the controller to the batteries within two feet? Overkill, but if you have it already, leave it. From the shunt to the batteries within two feet? Again, if you have it, leave it. Wiring the batteries? Too small. Wiring to a 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter within a foot or two of the batteries is probably ok, but any further should be heavier wire. The enemy of DC power wiring is resistance. Wire diameter, careful connection techniques and regular maintenance all aid in preventing excessive losses. The position of “wire diameter” is intentional. It’s the most important element in preventing excessive resistance. While it is a good idea to have a small spool of #10 for repairs to general wiring, wiring suspect you’ll do better getting the big HK crimper for battery terminals and loaning it out for beers. 😉

    My hat is off to the folks at O’Reilly. O’ReillyThat’ s a real class act.

  • The 4AWG is to go from my batteries to my office for an outlet that will be dedicated to charging my laptops. Sounds like overkill; right? That’s what I thought at first. Thank goodness for voltage drop charts.

    It’s going to be a circuitous route to get from the batteries to here. So far the estimate is 40 feet and it could end up being more.

    Looking at a voltage drop chart (eg. http://www.affordable-solar.com/Learning-Center/Solar-Tools/wire-sizing) 4AWG is the appropriate gauge for the load (6A) that I want the wire to carry if I want to remain within the acceptable 2% voltage drop range.

    If the run ends up being shorter, I’ll be able to put two DC outlets at the office end to charge both laptops at the same time. So 4AWG will be a good investment.

    But I’ll be using the number 10 to rewire my more heavily used DC circuits, including some lights and the fridge. It’s a little scary that an LED bulb with a fraction of an amp load flickers when I turn it on in the office when the only other load on my system is my fridge..

  • For crimps on larger wire, (up to #0) I have a Harbor Freight hydrolic crimp tool. Works nicely, it got tried out at the RTR doing the solar install for Cyndi.

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