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Old 02-07-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default Simple March / Chugger Pump Swith Help

I have a Chugger pump and it is hooked up to my brew stand I am building. I am not faced with the project of building some sort of switch to turn it on and off. What have people done before that is simple and useful? Most the projects I see are intense electric brewery builds.

Would love to see what others have done.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:07 AM   #2
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I have one of those intense builds but if you want to go simple I have seen builds with just a light switch. If you get a one gang box, light switch and a cover you can build it really quick. If the pump has a plug on it and you don't want to cut it off you could add an outlet that is powered by the switch.

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:06 AM   #3
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I have one of those intense builds but if you want to go simple I have seen builds with just a light switch. If you get a one gang box, light switch and a cover you can build it really quick. If the pump has a plug on it and you don't want to cut it off you could add an outlet that is powered by the switch.
Yeah I will probably just do something simple like that. I might even do a easy toolbox build. I want to add pid's eventually but for now I just want something that works.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:44 AM   #4
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/marc...outlet-310309/

Good thread for light switch style pump switch.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:55 AM   #5
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How simple are you trying yo go here?
http://www.lexproducts.com/cs/entert...oductLineId=17

Most folks would suggest using a ground fault indicator GFI switch.
Many places, including your local hardware store carry inline plug in GFI switches. Test for off and reset for on...

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GFI test/reset buttons are not designed for continuous switching on/off. This could result in premature life or even failure to trip if needed.

No doubt, get a GFI cord or have one in the wall, but don't use it as a switch.

I plan to make a GFI cord from some heavy gauge cable I have, a 2-gang outdoor box on the end, and a GFI and regular outlet. For a switch, I plan to use a remote control outlet like this. They make a single unit model as well, but get the 2 unit one for future expansion.

With this setup, I can have the pumps plugged in off the back of the stand, away from foot traffic. I also will have a GFI wherever I go to brew. And it will all wrap up nicely with some cable straps for storage/transport.

Another option is the Harbor freight foot pedal switch... Also plug-and-play with extra "cool" factor.

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Buy one of those remote switch doohickeys, I bought the one in this blog entry and used them for quite a while until I had my control panel built.

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PVC EXTERIOR GRADE junction box 2-gang, Household exterior plug in one gang, Household exterior grade switch in the other gang. wire the switch to operate the receptacle.

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I did this a few weeks ago. I'm no electrician, but managed to figure this out. Here are some pictures of what I ended up doing.

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