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Old 11-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #41
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Looking great!

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #42
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I have everything wired. I'm in the process of cleaning up the runs and doing point-to-point continuity testing on all the wires to make sure I have it wired up like I want. I seriously underestimated the amount of time it takes to wire these up and to do it well. The wiring diagram was priceless.

I'll upload photos tonight if I get it wrapped up, before I plug it in and blow everything sky-high.

Then it's time to finish the last few holes in the kettles and on to brewing!

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:15 AM   #43
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So great news - finished the panel, checked the circuits, everything looked good.



Plugged it in, turned on the breaker - no smoke. Good start.


(never mind the weird random black wire in the middle - that's the feed to my LEDs for the backlight box, once I finish it)

Turned on the key - nada. After some checking, realized I ran the safe-start-interlock relay neutral to downstream of the main contactor - . Swapped to be connected before the contactor, flipped the switch and....

BUZZZZZ

After some trouble shooting, it's evident that I was sent a sub-par contactor. It was listed as 'new' on eBay, but when I got it there was obvious damage and an attempted repair. I didn't complain because hey - if it works, it'll live inside the panel. Well... it didn't work, and now they want me to send it back (my expense) to refund the purchase cost. I'll be out the shipping cost to get it here and to get it back (about the same cost as the contactor itself) and will have nothing. I'm not too fond of that idea - like hell I'm paying $20 something to get nothing but disappointment and let down.

Once I get a new contactor, should be able to continue the process of trouble shooting. Was planning to brew this weekend - doesn't look like that's happening.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #44
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Contactors & Relays auberins.com
Call them and you can get it in a day or 2.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:50 AM   #45
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P-J,
I plan to run both elements at the same time, so I am looking for a 50a contactor. I'm also looking for a 3-pole contactor as the one I had before was set up for that and I wired it that way. I suppose I can run the neutral straight to the terminal block, but if I can get the seller on eBay to ship me what I ordered but NOT broken, I'll be better off.

Thanks for the suggestion. And thanks for the help - that wiring diagram saved my ass a LOT of headache trying to wire things up.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #46
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Kevin, if you end up having bad luck with getting it replaced, trying sending a pm to zeus53219. He's packing up my contactors right now, and if he has them asks $22 each plus shipping.

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This one Contactor, 2 pole 40 A, 120V Coil Is rated for 40A with an inductive load but it is rated for 50A with a resistive load. Resistive is what we do.

Oh, and BTW you do not need to switch the neutral at all.

Just saying.

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Well then - if the seller doesn't want to replace my contactor and just wants to give me my money back, I'm going with Auber (where I should have gone in the first place).

Any idea if this will mount to a DIN rail? From the image I'm guessing no.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:05 PM   #49
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Those auber contactors are not din mountable. I have them and I ordered some mounts for them from mouser. The product itself is from altech, I am at work right now so I dont have the exact part number but I you want it let me know and I can look it up. I put 2 of the mounts on each contactor an they were only like $0.60 if I rember correctly.

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #50
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Thanks for the info. If you have a specific part number that'd be clutch. Mouser is a tough website to navigate if you don't know EXACTLY what you're looking for. Did you use something more like this:


or this:


Thanks,
-Kevin

EDIT - Looks like the seller is being a PITA and I'm going to have to resolve it through PayPal... off to Auber to get their contactor. The DIN adapter will be a big help.

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20gal Belgian Wit
10gal Oktoberfest
10gal Southern Pecan Ale

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Keg 2: Oktoberfest
Keg 3: American Pale Ale
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