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I have had metal, plastic, battery stands and no battery boxes - got bored of all of them.

Wanted to get my batteries out of my office into my braai room. Problem is, it gets 45deg summer and quite cold in winter, roof is polycarbon or whatever.

Found a guy locally to craft me this fine pine crate for me. Tomorrow I am moving the batts!

See pics:
Lekker extra support at the bottom with stronger wheels, to carry +-200kg
Heights, width and length as per my specification - lekker baie plek binne, as per my design.
If made a little bit wider you can fit 2 x Trojan's next to each other, in 4 rows for a 48v bank.
Hole on side for wires, lippie under lid on top to allow hydropgen to escape on top with split at the bottom to allow fresh air in.
Am going to use 175amp connectors, that I can disconnect the crate and move it if I want to.
Going to put some insulation in with the batts, to regulate the temp.

And then when braaiing, no-one the wiser that there is a battery bank with condiments / flowers / Hifi on top, as it stands in the corner. :D


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HADMD? (Hoe Anders Doen Mens Dit) 

Step one: Pick a lekker hill.
Step two : Put MiL in the crate, step back, let it go ... oh, she may resist, give her some wine.
Step three: If the crate survives ... buy it on the spot.

Re. MiL will be in shock - give her some wine. :D

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Hi dax welcome to the forum. Is that Wittedrift near Plett?


On a slightly more serious note those wieletjies are going to damage a wooden floor. That box is not going to be as light as a tea-trolley. I see you have tiles so it is not of any consequence in your household.

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Just now, Chris Hobson said:

those wieletjies are going to damage a wooden floor

Similar problem with my antique piano. It has small old steel castors from the first decade of the 20th century. You cannot roll those on a wooden floor.

So from one wooden box to another, I'm particulalry proud of this old instrument (and the little girl attempting to play it). It's a hundred years old and still in perfect working order. Inside there are clear signs that it has been extensively repaired. The frame is stitched and it has new tuning pins. Someone spent a lot of money on it at some point :-)


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Never thought of the wheels and wooden floors. We only have tiles and I am REALLY tired of carting batteries one by one when I move my system.

Not to mention the shirts and PT broeke I have lost due to the batts just brushing against them.

Wheels also have a historic reason. It is there to keep the crate off the tiles because once we did some renovations in the braai room. Cement dust everywhere.

Wife started to clean, I said, step aside woman! Let me show you how. Promptly I fetched the hose pipe ... man, was she upset!

To date I still don't know why. I mean, I sorted the problem, did I not? :D

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58 minutes ago, Chris Hobson said:

I have a similar vintage Baby Grand (not in nearly as good condition) which I was given in lieu of an outstanding debt.

Nothing devalues like a piano! You can pick up good second hand units for around 10k. I paid 5k for this one. My tuner tells me there are many good pianos standing in schools in this country that cannot be used because the government won't pay for their upkeep and tuning. I wish I could get my hands on one of those.

So I've seriously derailed this conversation yet again, but when you have that DIY/learning mindset you end up doing such a diverse set of things. I learned to play the piano at school, so that bit was sort of inherited, but then I had to learn something about their mechanics. Very quickly you learn to spot a quality piano, and as I say to people, the easiest way is top open the bottom part (by the feet) and look at the bridges (the pieces of wood that transfer sound from the strings to the sound board). The one on the right (treble) is always curved. The one on the left will be straight in a cheaper piano and curved in a good quality piano. There are numerous other things to check of course, but that one little factoid makes you sound like an expert to the uninitiated. Use it at the next braai... :-)

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