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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956 View Post
    refilling battery posts with water would most likely hurt your reputation
    not to mention
    the acid factor
    hope you wear gloves at least.
    Thats soo true, its 'bar talk'. You know, stuff people say when they are drunk & want to impress someone they don't really know.
    But, the scrapyards know it all.

    I did get looked at queerly once when dropping off batterys. He asked me if I "topped them up with water".n
    I go "****! Forgot about that..... I wanted to keep the acid for electroplating experiments.. Too late".

    I would have just poured it into a container & not topped it up with water, just left it dry.
    He checks them, nah, normal acid level. Puzzeled.

    Only later I find out that 4wd drive & boat batterys have heavier plates to take the punishment.
    They also last only 2/3rds of the time a normal car batterys does.

    Hmm, boatyards.... A possible place to get batterys from. Someone who owns a boats not gonna muck around with dirty batterys & acids for a few $$. Get all that crisp white clothing dirty..nah.

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    maybe

    Did you weigh each battery? Or did you weigh a few and multiply out the remaining?
    I ask because in wet lead acid batteries the water does evaporate at different rates. If you are dealing witb 10,000 lbs at a shot, basically 100 batteries at a time the difference in water levels inside batteries could explain discrepency.
    I have been doing solar battery banks and literally had two deep cycle batteries bought and used weigh 4 lbs different after 6 months...just my .02.

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    I forgot.

    Weigh yourself!

    Do it on your home scales, the scales at a Chemist (Drugstore) then at the scrapyard.

    Get a idea of what you weigh (and when you need to go on a diet..) and how far out your home scales are.

    Funny > I had weighed up a sack of metal @ 20 kgs. Got it to the yard, it came up as 19 kgs....
    So as a joke I bent over the sack and blew downwards hard, the scale readout jumps by 1 kg to 20 kgs.

    We laugh and he writes it down as 20kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eesakiwi View Post
    I forgot.

    Weigh yourself!

    Do it on your home scales, the scales at a Chemist (Drugstore) then at the scrapyard.

    Get a idea of what you weigh (and when you need to go on a diet..) and how far out your home scales are.

    Funny > I had weighed up a sack of metal @ 20 kgs. Got it to the yard, it came up as 19 kgs....
    So as a joke I bent over the sack and blew downwards hard, the scale readout jumps by 1 kg to 20 kgs.

    We laugh and he writes it down as 20kg.
    Have you ever watched a scale read out when a truck with air brakes is sitting on it? The weight will rise as the air in the brake system fills.
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    Scales work on downwards force. Air brakes and blowing will push the scales down.

    So, if you want better weights, put a few kids in the truck. They'll bounce up and down, and increase your weight reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic688 View Post
    If you need a scale, go to your nearest co-op or grain elevator, those are state certified. Get an empty weight first then go back and get a loaded weight. Then you have actual proof if/when you talk to them. I think the scales around here charge around $5. to weigh.
    Yep, was just going to suggest this very same thing! Great minds!

    ScrappinRed also brought up a good point about the dry cells.

    Also, are you saying that after you dropped off this large load of batteries the yard re-weighed each one separately?
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