New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > EBay fish tank controller build using Wal-mart parts




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-01-2012, 08:38 PM   #101
jeepinjeepin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,391
Liked 1043 Times on 1022 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck

That's strange. Mine were tight and required some torque but I got them loose with a small-medium flat screwdriver.

MC
The screws feel like they are turning. Maybe I need to look a little closer and make sure I have my driver in the notch. (Diesel mechanic prepares to swallow pride after returning home)


__________________

Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar

jeepinjeepin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2012, 08:57 PM   #102
Misplaced_Canuck
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Misplaced_Canuck's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NE Columbia SC - Formerly, Montreal Canada
Posts: 2,691
Liked 120 Times on 96 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepinjeepin View Post
The screws feel like they are turning. Maybe I need to look a little closer and make sure I have my driver in the notch. (Diesel mechanic prepares to swallow pride after returning home)
The screws don't come out. The little gate will lift up though, and reveal a small hole in which you put the wire in.

MC


__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck
Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebstauffer
Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.
Misplaced_Canuck is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2012, 09:43 PM   #103
jeepinjeepin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,391
Liked 1043 Times on 1022 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck

The screws don't come out. The little gate will lift up though, and reveal a small hole in which you put the wire in.

MC
Yeah. Power and sensor are fine. Heat and cool appear to be stuck.
__________________

Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar

jeepinjeepin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #104
jeepinjeepin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,391
Liked 1043 Times on 1022 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I'm stupid. I don't know what I was doing wrong. I got it now.

__________________

Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar

jeepinjeepin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #105
tulsabrewdaddy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 166
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

image-4203960826.jpg

Just got it all figured out! Thanks for the guidance of my first electrical build. Should be able to complete the next one in about 15 minutes start to finish.
__________________
tulsabrewdaddy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2012, 12:37 AM   #106
jeepinjeepin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,391
Liked 1043 Times on 1022 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I got mine together too. Didn't build a box though. I wired to cooling circuit directly into the fridge in place of the thermostat. The only thing left is to find a heater and a permanent home on the outside of the fridge for the controller. Waiting for her to come up to 13C.





__________________

Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar

jeepinjeepin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2012, 01:44 AM   #107
BraxtonBrewery
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 107
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Thanks for the help guys!! I ll try the lamp tomorrow!

__________________
Braxton Brewery

Primary:

Secondary:
Northern English Brown Ale

On Tap:
Simarillo Wheat 300
Simarillo Wheat 1010
Smokey The Bear (Smoked Vanilla Porter)
Apfelwein
Cream Ale
Amber Lager
BraxtonBrewery is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2012, 03:25 AM   #108
wandering
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 27
Default

BraxtonBrewery, as mentioned a few posts ago...also check that you've broken the metal tab between the two outlets from Photo 3 in Post 3. (Use pliers to bend the metal back and forth to sever the connection.)

Otherwise, your fridge will be turned on when EITHER cooling OR heating is required. The fridge will turn on when the temp reaches 1c above your target temp. But when the temp reaches 1c below your target (i.e. when it's already cold enough), the heat function will activate but with tab unbroken, the heat relay is also connected to your fridge.

Eventually, your fridge will overheat and won't bother turning on when it needs to - giving you random results. (The ice cube lamp test will leave your lamp ON even when it's BELOW your target temp.)

__________________

Last edited by wandering; 02-02-2012 at 03:38 AM.
wandering is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2012, 01:36 AM   #109
BrewDifferent
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 12
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Just put this together using the instructions in the first post. Used a cigar box for the case. Everything worked on the first try. Thanks for all the help in this thread!

__________________
BrewDifferent is offline
Cyclebrew Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2012, 02:36 AM   #110
Misplaced_Canuck
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Misplaced_Canuck's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NE Columbia SC - Formerly, Montreal Canada
Posts: 2,691
Liked 120 Times on 96 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrewDifferent View Post
Just put this together using the instructions in the first post. Used a cigar box for the case. Everything worked on the first try. Thanks for all the help in this thread!
Awesome!

MC


__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck
Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebstauffer
Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.
Misplaced_Canuck is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ebay aquarium temp controller build android DIY Projects 4063 04-04-2014 03:18 PM
Plastic-Mart $135 15 Gallon Conical Tank & Stand rkulp89 DIY Projects 17 02-11-2012 10:22 AM
Cheap temp controller on eBay Bartp DIY Projects 1 02-01-2011 12:54 PM
Control 12V w/ Ebay Aquarium Controller? autobaun70 DIY Projects 5 01-27-2011 02:23 PM
Anyone use this temp controller off ebay? Mongo64 DIY Projects 27 05-07-2010 08:58 PM