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Terminal trouble

terminalI spent the better part of an hour today arguing with the nut to the far left here in the picture. I wanted it to break free and turn freely, but it kept its arms crossed and insisted on not budging.

The main problem was the lack of leverage. The nut is at the end of the positive side of the flow and the fact that it wasn't stationary made the job that much more difficult. After much inner debate I decided to relent and let the nut stay where it was. I then squashed what was left of its precious copper connector and bent it in a way so as to fit snugly in the slot where the bitter end of a thick wire would go in the new connector. Once tightened down the new configuration seems solid enough to last another 250 thousand miles.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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