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Old 05-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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I have some questions about wiring a RIMS, sorry couldn't find the specific info I'm looking for on the forum. Most wiring schematics I look at show everything as belonging to one big series of circuits and converging into a single 3-prong plug. I'm wondering if the pump needs to be included in all of that. Could I keep it separate from the rest of the wiring and just turn it on and off manually?

Also, which components will need to be grounded? I assume the SS hardware, but what about switches, electrical components?

And I'm using a 25A SSR- will I need a heat sink?

One last thing--wiring this whole thing up doesn't look too bad, but I'm unsure of the connectivity; there is good bit of variation in the schematics I've viewed. Would anyone mind sending me pics of their own schematics?

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Also, if I was going to install switches/lights, should they be on the hot or neutral side of the component?

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Also, if I was going to install switches/lights, should they be on the hot or neutral side of the component?
Uhmmm... that question suggest you might want to seek the hands-on help of someone a little more familiar with electricity...
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I sized my ssr around 3x bigger then my heating element (over kill but small increase in price, I run me freezer with the same size ssr...) , but if yours is pushing 12 or 15 amps you should be okay without a heat sink - mine never seem to get very warm. You could attach it to a piece of aluminum if your worried about it. Ground everything metal! So ground your RIMS tube, switches, etc. Run the hot (black) wire through the switch, white is common - connect them all together. I wired my heating element and pump through the same box so that the heater could not be turned on without the pump being powered too. I'll try to draw a schematic later.

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bmurph,

What element are you using - 120V? 240V? and what wattage?
Also what is your power source? (Amp and voltage rating)

I probably already have a diagram drawn that might help you.

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Also, if I was going to install switches/lights, should they be on the hot or neutral side of the component?
I don't think you should do any electrical work!
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bmurph,

Please ignore the bashing. I want to help. Help me help you.
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What element are you using - 120V? 240V? and what wattage?
Also what is your power source? (Amp and voltage rating)

I probably already have a diagram drawn that might help you.

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PS: Everybody... We all start out somewhere. He reached out for some help. Please give it to him instead of bashing him.!!!!

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Thank you P-J!

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I wouldn't consider this bashing. Electricity is very serious and his question led some to believe (including me) his knowledge is just enough to injure himself.
A simple understanding of switches and other components is a necessity especially when you are discussing electric brewing.

bmurph: a switch typically has no neutral. It's a valve opening and closing a source of power. A relay is a switch powered by a coil (a primary switch).

Lights require a hot and neutral.

Much to learn...

Ignorance is not a fault. It's just a lack of knowledge that can be attained. Stupidity is disregarding knowledge attained.

Your safety is our first concern

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