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Buoy Reconditioning Checklist

-Receive buoy from previous deployment site.
-Unpack from shipping.
-De-chunk mussels and barnacles.
-Remove stainless chain and shackles from bottom pad-eye. 
-Powerwash hull and tophat.  Do not aim powerwasher at o-rings in tophat.
-Let buoy dry.  Towel dry tophat and top of hull.  
-Remove tophat, put in buoy shop for reconditioning.
-Put on blank hatch cover.  Use all allen bolts and o-rings.
-Remove triangle and triangle hardware.
-Remove rubber bumper.
-Send buoy hull, rubber bumper, triangle and triangle backing plates to paint shop.

Tophat Reconditioning
-Clean bottom of stainless hatchcover o-ring groove.
-Visually inspect electronics box.
-Clean all antennae ports and stainless steel exterior fittings.
-Check out condition of external lights, reflectors, glass cases, etc.
-Remove crystal if removable.  Store in plastic case.
-Clean exterior with degreaser/cleaner.

Buoy Hull Reconditioning
-Pick up buoy, triangle, rubber bumper and triangle backing plates from paint shop.
-Change out batteries:
	-Take out old desiccant bags and discard.
	-Remove foam rings, plywood retainers and nylon nuts.
	-Remove wire jumpers, inspect and save if in good condition.
	-Remove old batteries and recycle.
	-Check current battery configuration as appropriate for buoy type – 
         See Datawell manual.
	-Place batteries in hull per proper configuration.
	-Place jumpers on batteries per diagram.
	-Using foam blocks, wedge batteries in hull compartment.
	-Test each battery bank using junction box and volt meter.
	-Test combined voltage at junction box and female plug using volt meter.
	-Record buoy voltage on buoy prep sheet.
	-Place foam rings back in place.
-Put in two desiccant packs.
-Temporarily re-seal buoy using allen head bolts.
-Note battery configuration and battery type on buoy prep sheet.
-Re-stencil buoy.  Check weather channel and stencil on buoy.  Record channel number on buoy prep sheet.
-Add reflective tape to buoy.
-Calibrate buoy.  Use “Calibrate” program.
-Compass test using “Calibrate” program.
-Make three copies of bounce test and compass test results.  Distribute copies in: 
Buoy file, tophat file and station log book.  
-Check signal strength.  Follow proper procedure.
-Fill out new buoy form on web.
-Clean main hatch o-ring groove and antenna ports.
-Clean main o-ring and antenna port o-rings.
-Re-lube o-rings using high vacuum grease.
-Put in four more desiccant bags.
-Re-secure tophat using all allen bolts.
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