disconnecting the battery is not a fix but if you are happy with it that's what counts.grcauto, thanks for reply. I have limited knowledge about auto electrical systems but I am learning. For example, previous problems with this car were confusing but with each one in the end I learned something I didn’t know before. I really want to solve and fix this. At least now I have a better understanding of a short. Also I feel that a shop will simply throw parts at me.
billr, update: the engine is cranking and starting good now. And has done good lately. I appreciate your advice.