Daisypath - Vacation

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Expensive Crystal!?

I was up really early today as Rob was due to comearound 8ish to finish of the kitchen, so I wanted to sheet up the carpets and floors and take things off surfaces and out of the cabinet that he's going to put the drawers in.

I'll be so glad when the gunnels inside are done with the new oak pieces he's sourced. The ones in here at the minute just look such a mess!

Anyway, he text me at the time he was due to arrive to say he couldn't make it! Grrrr. I wasn't happy after sheeting everywhere up but he is coming tomorrow instead so its not really a big deal.
I needed to be up early anyway as I also had my MRI scan today which wasn't a nice experience at all! Its probably a good job he didn't come as it meant I could just come home after the scan and rest rather than having to clean shit loads of mess up!

A lot of people say its being enclosed in the machine that's the worst part of an MRI, but that didn't bother me - it was being able to feel vibrations coming from within my body whilst in the machine that was weird! I cant really explain it! At least its done now though.

Whilst in the engine room the other day when the batteries were being topped up I freaked out at a sight near the weed hatch...



At first I freaked out as I thought it was something mouldy!? It looks really disgusting. However, its not mould or something that's died and is rotting... It's like hard crystals and I'm not sure what it is or where it's from!?

I wonder if these crystals are worth anything!? Could I sell them and make a fortune!? Could I be the next " Waterford Crystal" company!

Seriously though its a little bit concerning. I'm guessing it could be something from the hydrogen gas that's released from the wet batteries when they're being charged as its at the back of the battery bank, but I can't find anything definitive on the web!
It must be a reaction of some kind from something.

Perhaps a more experienced boatie will be along shortly to tell me!

We really need to focus on getting the engine room sorted this year. It's in a right mess with being pretty much neglected all winter. Needs a good scrape back, primed and painted properly. We also need to get some storage in there sorted as there's stuff everywhere!

6 comments:

  1. Looks like the right color for battery acid. Be a bit careful it will eat through your clothing if you get it on you (and burn your skin). I could be very wrong though. LT.

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  2. Thanks LT . It's what I suspected and I'm guessing its perhaps from the starter battery as that ended up knackered overnight the other week and I did think I heard a bang of some sort whilst the engine was on just before we had that problem with the starter batt. We're going to clean the crystals up and then keep an eye in things.

    I don't think it's one of the leisures as we've not noticed a drop in performance or anything but we will keep our eye on it!

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  3. i would say perhaps if not now then at some time in the past one your batteries have been on a high charge. Is one perhaps over filled and bubbled up through the cap.
    Check water level in each, if one is low this could be a sign of a bad battery.
    best thing to check is the state of charge with a hydrometer. Also check voltage of each battery when NOT connected to each other with a meter.They should all read about the same

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  4. PS
    One bad one can be hidden by the good ones so not easy to spot any big changes in performance.

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  5. Hi les

    Thanks for your comments. We have tested the batteries a few weeks back actually and they were showing as fine. We do think its the starter battery as that was years old. We will clean the crystals up and see if they appear again in the next few weeks. If so, then we know it must be one of our leisures.

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  6. Hi Lewis.
    Had a dip into the blog the other day, looks interesting so will give it more time when I have some!
    Use boiling water on the battery acid spill,it will have nicely removed the paint and etched the steel ready for repainting. Every cloud, eh!

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