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Old 05-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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I wasn't stoked on my original control panel as I never ended up using all the switches as the Love controllers changed since Lonnie's original build in BYO. So I decided to move the controllers down a bit to better clear the main support and I engraved the necessary info to get rid of the labels. I also red anodized it to better match up with my other bits. I also shortened it as it didn't need to be as long as it was. Lastly I added nifty on/off nubs from Mcmaster so if someone unfamiliar with the system needed to turn on/off a pump the switches were marked.



Here's the old one in comparison.



If anyone wants the old one (which is more or less the same layout as Lonnie's original design) they can have it if they paypal me 11 bucks for shipping. The red powdercoating alone was 50 bucks not to mention the machine work to CNC the Love cutouts...

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Old 05-09-2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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Old panel is taken. Thanks for your interest.

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do you have any pictures inside/backside of your simple panel? I am looking to do something simple. dont see the need for all the bells and whistles when things work the same way without.

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It's just an open panel with cutouts for the Love controllers and thru-holes for the switches. Take the dimensions for the Love cutouts from the sheet that comes with the controllers. Piece of cake...

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Do you wire it all from the same power source? Any pictures of the backside?

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Yes, I use a power distribution block and both switches and love controllers are wired into that. Don't overthink it, it's super simple stuff.

No pics of that part of the rig handy. I'll try to remember to take some over the weekend as I'll be doing maintenance on the rig hopefully.

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Did you build to enclosure? If not where did you get it?

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No enclosure. It's just a panel. I made it from a piece of aluminum sheet.

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i know this is an old thread, but I've been looking at making a similar panel. I like the simplicity of the Brutus 10 wiring, but I've had others who have pointed me towards using transformers and fuses and so on. Is that needed? Right now my power source is based off of a GFCI outlet.

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I don't use any fuses or transformers in my set up. I plug into a GFCI and that is good enough for me. Over 100 batches and no issues.

Just in case, I can kill the main as I'm close to my box when I brew and I also have 2 fire extinguishers on hand as well. Never hurts to be prepared but so far there has been no need. I like to keep it as simple as possible as often as possible.

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