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Old 10-09-2013, 02:35 AM   #1
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I'm talking out both sides of my mouth because I feel like with all the demand I should learn to build a basic one or two pid panel at the same time I just want to buy a pre made one and avoid the headache. Seems like a guy could make some dough building and selling them.


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Old 10-09-2013, 02:48 AM   #2
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I am currently building my own single PID control. Just waiting on a few more pay checks


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Old 10-09-2013, 02:52 AM   #3
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Making them is pretty easy, I bet you could find someone that would make it for you. Of course I saw you are in ND so that may be tougher. If you want help, lots of people on here can help you make it safe and make it right, that's how I was able to build mine
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:57 AM   #4
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i would expect that the liability of selling a completed control panel vs. a bunch of parts is one reason why noone is really doing it. If you mess up and kill someone - goodbye life as you know it. Even if it is their own fault, i.e. they opened the panel when it was live, the heartache of dealing with the fallout would not be fun.

Then you would have to deal with everyone saying that they could build it DIY for way cheaper than you are selling it
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:00 AM   #5
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I'm hoping to be picking up some serious starter electrics this weekend to get me going
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:02 AM   #6
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i would expect that the liability of selling a completed control panel vs. a bunch of parts is one reason why noone is really doing it. If you mess up and kill someone - goodbye life as you know it. Even if it is their own fault, i.e. they opened the panel when it was live, the heartache of dealing with the fallout would not be fun.

Then you would have to deal with everyone saying that they could build it DIY for way cheaper than you are selling it
This ^^

Plus the fact that it is a fairly small market.
There are too many variations on setups.
Not enough profit (probably)
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:16 AM   #7
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I have an EBC III from High Gravity. Yes, you can build it cheaper but I didn't have the time or the desire to learn about building it myself.

http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...trol-p3858.htm
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I have an EBC III from High Gravity. Yes, you can build it cheaper but I didn't have the time or the desire to learn about building it myself.

http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...trol-p3858.htm
Why does the 2 PID unit only have 1 power outlet for heating?
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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These are the two options you have if you are not an electrician:

a) Be prepared to do ~20hrs+ of research (reading electrical code, peoples blogs about their builds, and a ton on basic information regarding electricity ), and have a certified electrician to over see your wiring
b)get an electrician do it, given your schematic once you have done all the aforementioned research

Any other way and you're taking too big of a risk!
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #10
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The Stildragon kit is very cheap for a bare bones controller. The cheapest non-DIY option is probably to get someone else to assemble a kit for you.

The controller isn't the end of it. You still need a GFCI protected 240V supply and have to wire up the element so you are probably going to either have to learn up on the electrics or hire a pro anyway.

If you know enough to be concerned about safety that is a good start!


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