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Old 03-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #11
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I forgot to ask - is there a reason that the 'element on' indicator lights cannot be hooked up to just one hot leg instead of both? I was hoping to stick with automation direct for all of the pushbuttons and lights but I do not see a 240v LED indicator light on their website. Is it that important to see that both hot legs are active?

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I forgot to ask - is there a reason that the 'element on' indicator lights cannot be hooked up to just one hot leg instead of both? I was hoping to stick with automation direct for all of the pushbuttons and lights but I do not see a 240v LED indicator light on their website. Is it that important to see that both hot legs are active?
You could. If powered from Line-1 it will be on whenever the contactor is energized. If powered from Line-2 it will turn on when the associated SSR is conducting.
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I would suggest having the E-stop on the hot wire to the 63A contractor between the safe start and the 120V lamp. If you hit the E-stop it will cut the power to the coil and remove power to the hot wires out of the contactor.

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I would suggest having the E-stop on the hot wire to the 63A contractor between the safe start and the 120V lamp. If you hit the E-stop it will cut the power to the coil and remove power to the hot wires out of the contactor.
That makes sense. I understand tripping the GFCI and I like the idea of all power being shut off to the panel but I think it is a no-no to purposely send current through a ground wire. I think the e-stop is an "extra" anyway and I like the idea and feel comfortable with it before the main contactor. Thanks for your help.

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I picked up all of the wires and the 6/3 extension cord and 16x16x8 panel were delivered today. This panel is a lot bigger in person! I also got a second coat of polyurethane on the brew stand. Good day! I plan on placing an order with Aubers, automationdirect, McMaster, and ebrewsupply in the next couple of days. I'm trying to make sure I order everthing I need one time around though I know that's a pipe dream. I hope to finish the brew stand and start marking up hole locations on the panel this weekend.

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I finished the brew stand yesterday - will post pictures tonight. Time to start drilling on the control panel.

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I finished the brew stand today. It's more or less like Kal's and a few others; however, I made a few changes:
1) Used 1x6 for the top and 1x4 for the bottom shelf and ran them with the length of the table;
2) Recessed the bolts;
3) Overhung the shelf boards around the perimeter by an inch;
4) Used 4x4 posts instead of two 2x4's; and
4) Extended the top and bottom runs of horizontal 2x6 and 2x4 past the end pieces so you can't see the end grain of the end pieces. Hopefully this makes sense. Basically, when standing in front of the table there are no visible end grains.

I also cut the holes out of the control panel for the receptacles. This week I'll secure the cable plate at the top and start cutting out the front panel. Good times!

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Great job on the brew stand. It looks fantastic and really solid.

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Great job on the brew stand. It looks fantastic and really solid.
Thanks! It's amazing what a few coats of stain/poly will hide
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Thanks! It's amazing what a few coats of stain/poly will hide
I wish I was that handy with wood. What I do needs to be hidden under primer, caulk, and topcoat.
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