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Old 02-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #531
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I think your logic makes sense and wouldn't bother putting one in.

Electricity does like the path of least resistance but between the 14 awg and 10 awg wires it won't care. Those wire sizes are so close and also its such a short run that it will go either way and not care.
I guess if something fries early on, or the wires (the 14g jumper wires) get warm to the touch after a brew session. I will toss an inline fuse just to be safe.

Thanks!

Amost done wiring... waiting on a PID and then it should wrap up nicely!

I think I will bench test it with my electricl probes first before I hook it up for a brew day. Make sure my receptacles/outlets are reading the right values, etc. I am looking forward to doing that maybe by the end of this week.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #532
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Definitely bench test everything before hooking up your elements. Also go over every termination screw and make sure they're tight. I don't know how many times I've had to troubleshoot a system where the installer missed tightening a terminal and things either didn't work or worse fried an expensive component.

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #533
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Definitely bench test everything before hooking up your elements. Also go over every termination screw and make sure they're tight. I don't know how many times I've had to troubleshoot a system where the installer missed tightening a terminal and things either didn't work or worse fried an expensive component.
Sound advice. I have already traced out paths for wiring from the terminal block to components and back as per my wiring diagram for the left side twice since it is complete (will be doing the same for the right side when last my PID comes in this week).

There are a lot of wires in this bad boy because I didn't daisy chain anything. I wanted trouble shooting to be straight forward for each component. Though I am paying the price in spaghetti!
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Use lots of zip ties and sticky backs.

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #535
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Use lots of zip ties and sticky backs.
Funny you say that. I am sort of in 3 stages with the wiring. Actual wiring (95% done), checking wiring (50% done) and "reining" the wiring in (40% done)

those stickies and zip ties are my friends
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:25 AM   #536
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Bench tested and brewer approved!!

Double checked the terminals and went through a full bench test. We are ready to rock!

First pic is of my buddy working on our stand, changed from diamond pattern to straight linges. Looking toight!

Some amarillo IPA to keep the chill away

The rest are way too many pics of the completed control panel...
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #537
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Next round:

Shot of the heat sink,face and body profile

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Last shot (unfortunately not that great), with all the lights on!

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Will get some more shots in a few weeks-month when we wrap up our stand and get the armature all set up. I think it will be a little easier to get a good shot of it once it is in its final position.

Thanks for all the help guys. No way I could have come this far alone.

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:34 AM   #540
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Excellent. Great wiring!

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