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Old 01-30-2010, 03:03 AM   #1
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I myself just started to research going all electric and using a controller to somewhat automate my setup last weekend. After countless readings on the HBT in the past week I ordered an Auber PID Temp Controller and a Solid State Relay (SSR).

I wanted to become familiar with the process so I wired up a simple circuit using a lightbulb to simulate a heating element.

I think this video might be helpful to those thinking about going electric or just getting started in the world PID's, HERMS and RIMS.


In the video I first mention I have two leads coming from my switch, one going to the PID which is true and one going to the lightbulb which is false. The second lead is actually going to terminal 1 of the SSR, and the lead from terminal 2 of the SSR is going to the lightbulb.


Also, someone has mentioned it previously on here but as I was browsing Home Depot today I noticed they had a Spa Disconnect Panel for $35 rated at 60amps 240v. That's one hell of a deal if you ask me.

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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Cool demo, I wimped out with my rig and used a Love controller instead. It doesn't give me quite as much accuracy as a PID system, but it was a bit easier to configure. +1 for beer geek cred.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:39 PM   #3
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This is very timely post for me. I will be wiring mine tomorrow. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:27 PM   #4
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This is very timely post for me. I will be wiring mine tomorrow. Thanks
I concur, perfect timing for me, as well.

Ranger, thank you for this thread - perfect for someone who's thinking of goin electric.

Would you be able to provide a schematic of your setup on the video.

 
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:12 PM   #5
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Bump...

Schematic...?

 
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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While I am by no means an electrician...and alot of this is REALLY new to me

I think this is the layout of said experiment:



The thumbnail sucks...but you can read the full image.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:59 PM   #7
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If these basic circuit concepts are foreign to you, you should hire an electrician to wire your system. The currents being switched are LETHAL.

 
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:36 PM   #8
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Sorry didn't see the above asking for a schematic until today. I don't know how good it will be but I can get a basic drawing up.

 
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If these basic circuit concepts are foreign to you, you should hire an electrician to wire your system. The currents being switched are LETHAL.
I didn't know a lightbulb could kill me!

Shows what I know!

 
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:19 PM   #10
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Sorry didn't see the above asking for a schematic until today. I don't know how good it will be but I can get a basic drawing up.
Oh, don't worry 'bout it... i lost interest...

 
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