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Old 09-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #1821
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Has anyone built or recommend building this using a GFCI outlet? Getting ready to put mine together once it comes in & was thinking about it...
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:05 PM   #1822
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Has anyone built or recommend building this using a GFCI outlet? Getting ready to put mine together once it comes in & was thinking about it...
If you want to go that route, you're better off putting the gfci further "upstream", so to speak, in order to protect the entire box.

Since it just requires a typical 15A/110V, it's easy and cheap to just replace the wall outlet you're plugging into with a gfci version.

If for some reason you need a lot more portability than that (not typical for a freezer or fridge), you're still better off getting a standalone portable gfci outlet. MoreBeer sells one for about $14, but anybody capable of building a box for this controller should be capable of making their own portable gfci outlet (though it may end up costing more than just buying one) - and by having it separate from the controller box, you're not only able to protect the entire thing, but it's also much more versatile.

 
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:25 PM   #1823
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Oh ok. Yeah thanks, I don't know why I didn't think of that since I already have a GFCI outlet on the wall where the fridge will be anyway. Overthinking it I guess but I just didn't wanna get fried putting this thing together.

You're saying then that the wall outlet is sufficient protection?
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:19 PM   #1824
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Oh ok. Yeah thanks, I don't know why I didn't think of that since I already have a GFCI outlet on the wall where the fridge will be anyway. Overthinking it I guess but I just didn't wanna get fried putting this thing together.

You're saying then that the wall outlet is sufficient protection?
Be careful using a GFCI outlet for a frige or freezer. Some of them tend to kick the GFCI when the compressor starts due to a short surge in power. My outlet right now needs to be changed due to this exact problem, and sometimes it will work for a long periods of time, but it only takes one kick while you are gone and say goodbye to anything inside.

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:31 AM   #1825
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Was really easy to make and works awesome. I have mine set for 40F (4.4C) with a .5C differential and 10 minute delay, only kicks on every few hours. The probe is duct taped to a gallon jug of water to help stabilize the readings.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:48 PM   #1826
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Does anyone know the dimension of the project box for this build?
I have two controllers on order.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:12 PM   #1827
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Many people are using a Radio Shack 3x5x7 box.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:34 PM   #1828
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That sounds about right for mine. I had to seriously modify my outlet to get it to fit on the back side. I ended up having to cut off most of the mounting tabs and then use rivets with washers to hold it in, but I like the way mine turned out.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:17 PM   #1829
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Does anyone know the dimension of the project box for this build?
I have two controllers on order.
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You can also go the cheap route

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #1830
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I JUST walked out of radio shack with a project box!
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