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Old 10-17-2013, 05:21 PM   #3791
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I am completely willing to accept that, in fact I know it is since it doesn't work. Rather than diagrams showing how to use the plug can you say what is wrong with mine and how to make it work with the cords instead of a plug?

I think I see what I did wrong though, does this fix it?

That should work.

And FWIW if the cooling light is blinking like it was earlier, that means that the compressor delay is on. I think the default setting is either 3 or 5 min. Basically the cooling relay activation will be delayed when the unit is just turned on, or when the it's been on recently. This protects the compressor from short cycling, but can sometimes cause people to think the unit doesn't work because they don't realize they need to wait for the delay before it will come on. This is only on the cooling side though, the heat side should come on immediately.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:01 PM   #3792
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Thanks JuanMoore, I'll hook it up tonight and report back. Also good info on the blinking/delay setting. I have mine on 10 minutes (max) since it is on a 20 year old 26cf fridge/freezer. I'll report back in case anyone wants to try cords instead of plugs.

Long term I am hoping I can use the fridge side for ale fermentation at 60-65F, and the freezer side (side by side unit) as a kegerator, if I can get the cold-air adjusted all the way to the freezer side and it gets cold enough that is.

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Old 10-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #3793
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I am completely willing to accept that, in fact I know it is since it doesn't work. Rather than diagrams showing how to use the plug can you say what is wrong with mine and how to make it work with the cords instead of a plug?

I think I see what I did wrong though, does this fix it?

that looks great, you still can add those LEDS if you wish to your current setup.

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When I hooked it all up nothing worked...then I just wired the STC1000 in direct it works fine so I think I screwed my plug when I broke the tabs off...is there any reason this should happen or is there anything I need do? There was a bit of a crunch when breaking the tabs so maybe I killed the plug. I'm 99% sure I had it wired in correct...nothing was plugged into the plugs if that matters

EDIT: Realized I broke tabs on BOTH sides of plug, I'm guessing that is my issue

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:00 AM   #3795
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When I hooked it all up nothing worked...then I just wired the STC1000 in direct it works fine so I think I screwed my plug when I broke the tabs off...is there any reason this should happen or is there anything I need do? There was a bit of a crunch when breaking the tabs so maybe I killed the plug. I'm 99% sure I had it wired in correct...nothing was plugged into the plugs if that matters EDIT: Realized I broke tabs on BOTH sides of plug, I'm guessing that is my issue
Yep, only need to break the tab on the hot side. You can make a jumper to connect the neutral sides of the plug.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:23 PM   #3796
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So I have been sifting through the 360 pages of posts on this build and haven't been able to find if I am able to get the exact same temp controller used on Amazon.com. Anyone have the product number or anything to identify if I am getting the right one from Amazon? Unfortunately my ferment freezer is in our carport and winter (In North Carolina) is quickly approaching. Thanks in advance for the help.

Does this one work?
http://www.amazon.com/All-purpose-Te...ywords=STC1000

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Old 10-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #3797
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I'm going to have to do this to run a fan/heat pad in my mini SOF. Then when I have more space, I'll just upgrade to a fridge and keep the controller!

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That's the one I use and it works great!
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I got 2 of these 2 months ago. They were $18.00 at the time, and free shipping with a $25.00+ order total.

STC-1000

A search for "STC-1000" on Amazon should bring you numerous options. Beware, some may add shipping or be sent from overseas.

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that looks great, you still can add those LEDS if you wish to your current setup.
Confirmed working, thanks for the help guys!

I added the lamps back in on the drawing, have not connected them yet since the STC is in use right now, but the revised diagram is below. My question is the combined lead (black line), should it go to port 2 as shown or port 1?

So far I am finding that the temperature is too low. The STC turns on the fridge when it hits the number I set and the fridge cools so fast that even after it shuts off the temp keeps lowering. I am saving some electricity bill but need to tweak the settings/thresholds/window a bit. I wanted a temp between 60-65 but when it kicks in at 65 it keeps getting down to around 55-56 before the temperature slowly starts going back up. Any good threads about the settings?

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