this is the type of thing I was hoping to end up with, seems fairly simple compared to the multi float switch diy set ups.
What do you think Annonymiss?
do-able or not?
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 01:46 PM
They're very ez to build. Might be better to buy a complete kit rather than parts though. Only thing the kits are missing is the bucket.
Main thing is drill all holes perfectly and clean them of any burrs that could cause a leak.
Also maybe shop around. Controller Buckets are so popular and inexpensive in the USA it's cheaper to buy one complete rather than build one.
Plus the newer versions have a bracket inside for the upper float valves to mount so the grower can adjust flood depth. Nice feature to have if you want to go with 7 gallon or larger plant sites. I've used mine with 5, 7, and 9 gallon plant sites because it has that bracket
EDIT: BTW the controllers your friend broke may be easily repaired. Usually it's the lower float valves that fail and they can be replaced ez.
Also, these systems are hell on pumps. Especially the drain pump as it turns off and on dozens of times during a drain cycle and can sometimes keep running without water if the drain float valve sits higher than the pump pickup point.
It's always a good idea to have an extra pump or two around as a spare and also invest in a pump for the drain that has the lowest pickup you can find.
Posted 23 September 2018 - 01:58 PM
Posted 23 September 2018 - 02:00 PM
Posted 23 September 2018 - 02:55 PM
The kit mentioned is a USA spec one, and the power draw would be different.
id rather make my own if possible,...…….. I like a challenge
SO my parts list would include
25 litre bucket with lid, with IWS fittings for feed pipes
Timer mentioned in my previous post.
3 of the fancy stainless 50W float switches,
a 240v AC relay,
a couple of water pumps drawing less than 50W, and capable of a 2 metre head.
cable, glands,grommets etc
Would also need 2 separate trailing leads (one for each pump)?
Is that right?
Bandit 420. That's the system used in the link, with an excellent write up on AN other forum. IC mag one
For the return pump, I would be looking to mount it vertically in the brain pot, and use a 90 bend from the outlet, taking it out the top of the brain pot. This would mean that the pump pickup end would be permenantly submerged in the brain pot water.
Would you be able to help with the wiring side of things Anonnymiss?
Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:00 PM
Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:46 PM
cool, thanks Missy
Its always good to have a blow out every now and again.
I have found some pumps too, hailea hx 4500
2000l/hr, 36 watts, 3m head with 1.3 m of cable- should do nicely.
Posted 24 September 2018 - 08:13 PM
Posted 24 September 2018 - 08:55 PM
Thank you very much Anonymiss,
That looks great, I will use this when I get the parts together.
im fairly certain I will be back with some dumb questions when I do.
Posted 24 September 2018 - 08:58 PM