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Old 10-28-2010, 02:48 AM   #411
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Got my temp controller, and I'm going to wire this badboy up. Is 4x4x4 junction box sufficient?
I went with a 4x4x4, and I wish I had gone with a 4x4x6 instead. I had to trim the top and bottom tabs off of my outlet to make it fit comfortably. I might have been able to find a way to fit it in without such measures, but I would rather have had the extra two inches and not had to do any finagling. If I ever build another one, I will get the 4x4x6, and instead of using a spiral Dremel bit to cut out two holes for a standard outlet, I will use a cutting wheel to make a rectangular hole for a Decora outlet. The rectangle I made for the temperature control was great, the holes for the outlet, not so much.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #412
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Okay, going to build this this weekend. I got a really nice 4x6x6 junction box, a little on the pricey end $18 but it looks very sturdy/safe.

Quick question, I understand you have to break a tab of some sort off of the receptacle to make them function independently. Does someone have a picture they could show of that?

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Old 10-29-2010, 06:34 PM   #413
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Okay, going to build this this weekend. I got a really nice 4x6x6 junction box, a little on the pricey end $18 but it looks very sturdy/safe.

Quick question, I understand you have to break a tab of some sort off of the receptacle to make them function independently. Does someone have a picture they could show of that?
I had the same problem when i was wiring mine up. Part of it was that my socket, you could barely see that the "tab" wasn't a full piece of metal. But ya, it took some work with needle nose pliers to get it to come off, but I got it! You only need to pull the tab on the "Hot" side

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Awesome, that's exactly what I thought, but just wanted to be sure.

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How do you secure the controller to the product box?

EDIT - FIgured it out.

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Old 10-31-2010, 12:20 AM   #416
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How do you secure the controller to the product box?

EDIT - FIgured it out.
Ok, How did you figure it out, 'cause I was just coming here to ask the same question!
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The two orange tabs on the side of the controller, slide up and down to provide resistance against the box cover.

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The two orange tabs on the side of the controller, slide up and down to provide resistance against the box cover.
Ah! Yes. I was wondering how those worked.

Even after I read you post, I was looking at it for a while, then I got it. :-/

Gonna get my box tomorrow (I have everything else) and complete this bad boy!



BTW, did we ever come to a conclusion if we can put the probe in water?
I was planning on immersing mine in an old White Labs Vial.
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BTW, did we ever come to a conclusion if we can put the probe in water?
I was planning on immersing mine in an old White Labs Vial.
I'm not sure if a conclusion was reached, but if/when my temperature probe goes in water (probably in the e-hlt I have under construction), I will use heat-shrink tubing and some silicone sealant to seal up the entire length that will be in water. Better safe than sorry.
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Here is my build.. went quite well and for a guy who has little to no electrical experience I'm quite happy with it. Hardest part was cutting out the holes in the faceplate of the junction box for the controller and outlet, I kept breaking my dremel bits.


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