Yesterday was a lot of heavy lifting. I pulled out the 18 old batteries and cleaned them up:
And worked on cleaning up the mess they left behind. The baking soda in the front clearly did its job:
I have some more cleanup and painting to do, perhaps this afternoon. And then, I need to adjust the battery box sizes for the new (shorter) batteries and I can start putting things back in.
P.S. Anybody know something useful to do with 18 8V golf cart batteries? Craigslist does not allow posting them for sale / free. I can certainly recycle them, but they only have about 400 or so partial discharges and generally seem in good shape. It seems a waste not to put them to some good use - solar array energy store? 18 golf carts? Something.