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Unread 08-11-2014, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Drill and tap melted battery terminal?

I'm sure it's not recommended, but, my buddies stock 36V cart melted a battery post on a 2 month old battery obviously due to a bad connection.

If you were going to drill and tap the post, what size and thread would you use, and how deep do you drill?

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Unread 08-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Drill and tap melted battery terminal?

5/16"
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Unread 08-11-2014, 10:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Drill and tap melted battery terminal?

I use an 11/64" Drill bit and drill one inch deep. Tap it with a 5/16 tap and put a bolt in it. 5/16" x 1"
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5/16 thread rod ! , then use a nut
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Unread 08-11-2014, 06:38 PM   #5
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Default Re: Drill and tap melted battery terminal?

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I use an 11/64" Drill bit and drill one inch deep. Tap it with a 5/16 tap and put a bolt in it. 5/16" x 1"
Ok I know lead is really soft and taps easy but 11/64" (.1719") is way too small a hole for a 5/16"-18 tap which calls for a letter F bit (.257") to which a 1/4" bit is plenty close enough....
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Ok I know lead is really soft and taps easy but 11/64" (.1719") is way too small a hole for a 5/16"-18 tap which calls for a letter F bit (.257") to which a 1/4" bit is plenty close enough....
You're exactly right. Sorry. I meant to say 17/64"

It's been a long day.....
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melt DOWN !!!
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Thanks guys!
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5/16 thread rod ! , then use a nut
I like this idea.
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Will you post a pic of the finished job?
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