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Old 01-29-2011, 12:38 PM   #11
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Nice! So you ran it out one side?
Yeah, I ran the power and the probe wire out the left side near the base. I went to Home Depot to get the supplies to build this (except the controller of course, that came from Dwyer), and I forgot to bring your parts list so I went by what looked right and still ended up with the exact same parts as you. I was going to go with a 3 gang box and skip the always on circuit, but I took the controller with me to HD and it seemed to fit better in the 4 gang box so I copied your setup exactly. One suggestion I'd make is to buy a box of push in wire connectors - they make it easy to join your wires in the confined space of the gang box. I got the push in connectors like here (about half way down the page):
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Plugs_Connectors&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
I'm leaving the nails in the gang box for now because I may nail it to a piece of wood to give it more support, although it's pretty stable sitting how it is in the picture.
Thanks again for the great plan - you rock
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:35 PM   #12
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I really like the always on for anything from a circulation fan for the fermentor to just plugging in a tool or something. An extra always on outlet is always nice.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:16 AM   #13
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Totally stoked I came across this thread today because I was planning on wiring up my Christmas gift Love controller to my brew fridge this weekend and I love the portability and simplicity of this setup! Awesome job TomSD!

You used 10 gauge wire for wiring up the inside of the box right?

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:33 AM   #14
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Nah I had some Romex laying around (14/2) and used cuttings from it to do the wiring.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #15
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I also used 14 gauge inside mine. I've got it controlling my brand new keezer that was delivered yesterday, and it's working great.

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thanks for the build how did you guys program yours? i seen 20 diff ways to do it and confused lol.

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #17
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Yeah, I think it took me longer to program it than to build it. I feel like you need a degree from MIT to figure out their instructions. After reading the instructions about 10 times I eventually figured them out, but I don't remember what I did now. All I remember how to do is change the temps for the heating and cooling ranges. Not sure if you read this thread, but maybe it'll help you.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/love-tss2-2100-programming-help-112303/

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Old 09-01-2011, 10:18 PM   #18
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I'd like to bump this thread and say that my controller has got me through a hot summer here in the South, and has kept my fermentation fridge under control through about 20 batches of beer and mead this year. I'm glad I kept the 'Always On' circuit too, since I've been using that to run my stir plate for starters. If you are thinking about building a controller, try this!
Here's a picture of it in my beer room:

http://littleshedbrewery.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/dscn1990.jpg

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Awesome to see a followup! Mine is still going strong too. I shorted the heater side out messing around but haven't really needed it living where I do. If it does become an issue I just have to buy another controller and swap them out. The box setup itself though has worked out great. The cables coming out the bottom hasn't been as much of an issue as I thought it would be either since I leave it flat on the top of the freezer or on the counter next to it.

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OK, I bought almost everything I need -- my local hardware store did not have a 4 gang wallplate so I'll buy it at Lowes. Yuck.

Unfortunately I know nothing about wiring and did not know to ask whether the 14 gauge wire you all used was 2 wire or 3 wire. I assume 3 wire since you have a hot wire, neutral and a ground. Right?

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