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Old 07-28-2009, 03:13 PM   #21
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I think the best way is to learn from other's mistakes!
LOL but it's less fun!
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:17 AM   #22
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I just got back from HD and got the PVC!

I forgot a few things but I'll see what I can do with what I got. The return nozzle thing is messing me up but It'll work.

Pics to follow eventually.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:05 AM   #23
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Well we will see what i get. I am very bad at hooking things up my self electronically and i cant find directions on how to hook the switch up on the internet. So insted of electricuting all my fish when i put them in because of a mess up from when i started the tank i might just have to buy one.
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Well we will see what i get. I am very bad at hooking things up my self electronically and i cant find directions on how to hook the switch up on the internet. So insted of electricuting all my fish when i put them in because of a mess up from when i started the tank i might just have to buy one.

Well if your seriously not comfortable with working with electricity it may be best to buy a kit.

It's really a basic circuit.

And it's important to isolate the 115VAC from the float switch. (reed switches don't like high voltage) To do that you just need to use a relay and a 12V (or less) transformer. That way there's only low voltage DC in the tank and not the wall outlet voltage.

When I get all the parts together I'll put pics of my way of doing it.

(retail kit 100 bucks, DIY setup around 20 if you have alot of the parts already.)
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:30 AM   #25
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cool looking good so far! keep up the good work!
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Well if your seriously not comfortable with working with electricity it may be best to buy a kit.

It's really a basic circuit.

And it's important to isolate the 115VAC from the float switch. (reed switches don't like high voltage) To do that you just need to use a relay and a 12V (or less) transformer. That way there's only low voltage DC in the tank and not the wall outlet voltage.

When I get all the parts together I'll put pics of my way of doing it.

(retail kit 100 bucks, DIY setup around 20 if you have alot of the parts already.)
I would really enjoy that. It would really help and i would appreciate it.
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Going back to HD to get the right fittings. (Don't you hate when you reach into the box that says 1" and actually end up getting a 3/4"?)
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wow that sucks
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Ok. I got the entire thing plumbed together and I must say it's the most professional looking thing I've ever done.

I will post pics when I get the camera to work. lol
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www.autotopoff.com would have all the float valves you need.
PS: forgot to say that all looks great, even the cat. LOL
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