Bane of our hobby...tank electrics.

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    I haven't found the two-pin outlets very reliable. They also don't fit the side-earth pin plugs, which are round and won't fit these outlets.
    For that reason, i find my set-up ideal. No plugs, no outlet sockets. Maybe take Rob Spies' comments into consideration (no cabtyre and no black wire for life connections) and there you have it. Solder the wire-ends and seal the connections with silicon sealer. All legal and safe.
     
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    Just finished my controller made of rdp housing db and three din rail timer's.Programming is not that hard and its easy to bypass the timer and turn it back on.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Frana, it is outstanding.. you should make it to order.. :)
     
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    Very impressive box, presumably you could run several different CO2 tanks off one box..as it would just be the lights that would need to doubled up into the one socket....

    Ready to order :)
     
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    I'll order 2 of them!!
     
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    ok, so that's four orders in one day, seems you are onto something big !
     
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    Very good indeed! This is definitely getting us in the right direction. :thumbsup:

    Pity that it leaves the multi plug issue unresolved.

    (Perhaps the connection leads could be permanently fitted ?)
     
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    IMO, the beauty of the box is still being able to use the original plugs. Coincidentally only yesterday I gained from exactly this, my 18 month old Jager 300w packed up, did not realize at first as the thermostat light was still working, but saw the fishies acting strange, brissle noses all on the glass in a group, temp was under 22. Fortunately had the box and the plug was still on, so with the 3 year guarantee had a new heater within an hour, so both fishies and I happy !
     
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    Fortunately there is that aspect as wel, so It looks that there isn't going to be an easy solution.

    I'm not too perturbed about losing the garantee. I'm quite prepared to argue in court that replacing a plug with an SABS approved plug legally bought in a shop cannot be called "tampering". I may not win the case, but I'll d@mnwell have my say. [​IMG]

    According to Collins dictionary, "tampering" means: the act or an instance of interfering or meddling with something, esp so it no longer works or it works differently
     
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    Fran, that is awesome! how much did it cost you to make such a thing? and which electrical store did you use?
     
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    Was returning an appliance at Makro the other day and a handyman was returning a drill did not check what brand and the guy said to him that it was ok that he replaced the two pin plug, could not believe it!
     
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    Bought the timers from swan electrical suppliers and the box was laying around in the garage. Will ask my farther were he bought it and how much it cost on Sunday. The timers was R180 each but im sure you will find some for around R100 that are the same thing in the end.
     
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    how is this unit connected to your electricity? im sure its not just plugged into an outlet?
     
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    ok, so the original RDP box included the 3 sockets and switches or did you add these ?

    that make of timers I think i have seen at electrical outlets/wholesalers...
     
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    It's not showing, but I bet it is.
     
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    hi trever shihr

    The three sockets was there and i did took out the a earth leakage and two trip switches to make space for the timers.
    and its plugged into a three pin plug
     
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    so... does this make the unit safer because of the thicker wire on the box to the plug? its neat but im not getting why this would be safer?
     
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    It's safer because of it's configuration. It's NOT wired permanently to the mains, because you can unplug it easily (?).
     
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    If frana opens his supply box,I'll have a look if it's safe.(can't figure out how to use the animations,but it should be a 'wink'). In most domestic installations all plugs will be protected by the eart leakage unit,it will trip when a neutral wire touches the earth wire and if you have cables that melted together because of wrong cable sizing or loose connection the circuit breaker protecting the plugs will trip. The most important wire in your entire installation is the earth wire,so when building your own distribution systems that plugs into the socket outlet please be sure to bring the earth wire along for the ride! If you are using a ready board that has an earth leakage in get rid of it ASAP as it's going to mess you around,there is all ready an earth leakage in your main board the second one is series will give you endless headaches!

    Just my 2 cents.

    Regards
    Rob
     

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