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Old 07-12-2011, 06:20 PM   #1611
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android's first post has a good wiring diagram, it's the one I used.
Be careful if using a computer power cord, most of them are only 18 gauge. To safely use your controller at it's rated output, you want to use 14 gauge. 12 gauge is as big as I could fit in the controller connectors.
I got a 10 foot 14 gauge extension cord at Harbor Freight for $8 if I recall correctly.

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:22 PM   #1612
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@ stratslinger- There are many other diagrams in this thread, but the one in the OP will work fine.

@ Dukeman- It's pretty easy, just follow the wiring diagrams posted in this thread and you should be fine.

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:33 PM   #1613
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Ok cool. I'm convinced. I'll order tonight and if I have any trouble I will ask questions later. Thanks again

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:45 PM   #1614
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Thanks Juan - I just checked my cabling drawer, and it appears a visit to *Lots or my local HF in the next week or so.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #1615
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I got my STC-1000 in the mail today. It looks like a trip to Radio Shack is in the works.

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Old 07-14-2011, 03:17 PM   #1616
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Thought I'd post my feedback. I ordered 3 110v STC-1000s on June 28 from hkaquarium2010. He shipped my controllers the next day and I received them on July 9th. All three controllers are marked as 110v but I haven't gotten around to building a box yet to verify.

I just wanted to post my experience with this seller. I went with hkaquarium because it was the cheapest and I was ordering three. Had I just ordered one I may have gone with one of the previously mentioned vendors. Regardless, I was happy with the transaction.

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Old 07-14-2011, 03:35 PM   #1617
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Im using my ferm chamber for the second time. This thing really kicks butt. I have 2 buckets and a BB in there, 15g total. It turns on quite a bit, but the temp on the controller is the same temp on all 3 buckets' lcd's. So glad I built this. Many thanks to Android for a great find and diy project.

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Old 07-15-2011, 01:29 PM   #1618
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Im using my ferm chamber for the second time. This thing really kicks butt. I have 2 buckets and a BB in there, 15g total. It turns on quite a bit, but the temp on the controller is the same temp on all 3 buckets' lcd's. So glad I built this. Many thanks to Android for a great find and diy project.
If it clicks on and off too much, adjust the F3 setting (if I remember correctly) to 1.5 or 2C swing. This will let the temperature vary a bit more but your appliance will cut on and off less.

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Old 07-17-2011, 12:25 AM   #1619
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I just finished building mine. Just need to stick a couple of labels on it and I'll take pics for everyone to see.
I ended up not using a relay to control a fan. Instead I just bought a 120VAC fan that'll be on the same plug as my little 15w reptile terrarium heater that I'll be using for heat.

What have people found to be the best F2 temp differential to set on this thing?
And what about the compressor delay time?

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Old 07-17-2011, 12:29 AM   #1620
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I just finished building mine. Just need to stick a couple of labels on it and I'll take pics for everyone to see.
I ended up not using a relay to control a fan. Instead I just bought a 120VAC fan that'll be on the same plug as my little 15w reptile terrarium heater that I'll be using for heat.
So the fan is only on with the heat?
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