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Joseph Listan
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Username: Poonstab

Post Number: 442
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Eventually I will get a March pump. I've been thinking about mounting issues and remembered that these guys need to be wired.

Can I just use a regular household light switch? Do I need a relay or capacitor or something? I am pretty sure I can wire it properly, but does it have a polarized plug (or rather a wire for one) and if so, how do I wire it with a standard light switch?
 

Paul Edwards
Advanced Member
Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 548
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My pump came with a plug already on the power cord

I just plug my pump into a switched outlet strip, and turn the strip off and on
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1915
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is no special wiring required. Standard 120 volt outlets and switches work well. The pump does not draw an undue amount of current.
 

Pete Mazurowski
Junior Member
Username: Pete_maz

Post Number: 28
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Joseph:

Even the industrial-looking "wet location" on/off switches are nothing more than a fancy water resistant outer cover that flips an internal lightswitch.

(Message edited by pete maz on January 20, 2005)
 

Busted Still Brewery
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Username: Brewlabs

Post Number: 640
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

my B3 pump came without a plug (the B3 guy was embarassed when i called about it). I took the wires and wired it to a light switch with a plug coming out of the switch, this way i can turn the pump on and off with a flick of a switch.

it's a standard household light switch.

(Message edited by BrewLabs on January 20, 2005)
 

Busted Still Brewery
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Username: Brewlabs

Post Number: 641
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

you can see the switch set in this pic, kind of.

 

Pat Babcock
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Username: Pbabcock

Post Number: 79
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 09:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heh! My pumps have those "snap" switches built into the cord. It's many more than once that I've received an unpleasant buzz from them when wet...
 

Astro
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Username: Astro

Post Number: 59
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 05:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My march pump came wired with a plug. Since I was worried about experiencing Pat's 'unpleasant buzz', I also got a GFCI box. I was going to wire a switch into the thing when I realized that I didn't need to. I just use the black 'test' button to turn it off and the red 'reset' button to turn it on. It goes between the pump cord and the extension cord and provides a handy control. Haven't been electrocuted yet...
 

William B Roberts
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Username: Bill_r

Post Number: 72
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 05:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat, Astro, don't brew barefooted on a wet floor. especially in the winter or when thunderstorms are in your area.
 

Astro
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Username: Astro

Post Number: 61
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 06:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No worries, if I feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, I just jump...
 

Catt22
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Username: Catt22

Post Number: 12
Registered: 12-2000
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a wireless remote control switch on my pump. The switch is intended to use with outdoor Christmas lights and it works like a charm with the pump.
 

William B Roberts
Junior Member
Username: Bill_r

Post Number: 74
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Catt22, now I like that, I can sit at my bar in my brewing garage & control the action with a remote control! Great Idea! now all I need is a couple of robots to empty & clean my mash tank & my Boiling kettle.

Where do I sign up?
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1922
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What about using "The Clapper"?
 

Aaron Meyer
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Username: Meyeaard

Post Number: 76
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 02:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How about a wireless thermometer probe? Control the mash temp from the comfort of your armchair - with a foamy libation in hand of course!
 

JimTanguay
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Username: Pizzaman

Post Number: 368
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

you can never have too much tape
Plugged into a GFI protected outlet of courseswitch