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Friday, November 28, 2014

Learning a new way to solder

(adventures in reflow)

 OK so an acquisition from Craigslist, on my way home and 20 bucks, never been used. Seems kind of F'd up to do what i'm going to do to it. Oh Well!



Took like 12 screws to get here.
 Yanked out the analog temp control and timer, will definitely keep for a later project, the timer has a bell!!
Wall wart innards and my micro controller.                                        
My new desk setup, much more room
 So here is he panel view not much just status and go, parameters are hard coded, and I didn't leave a header to reload code. So I have to tear into it to hook in to the controller. I do have a second button for different params. but I don't have that code working.
I'm READY!
Yea,not to fancy.


Oops!

That is not a bug it is a chip!
 The burnt one is lead solder, using a non-lead  reflow curve, much higher temps, not to good.
This one worked pretty good, little too much on one leg still didn't short though! So i got that going for me.


Used Arduino PID Library with the MAX31855 for the thermocouple set up, a SSR to control line voltage.  Rocketscream  did all the heavy lifting, I just followed suit. 

Well I've run out of breakout boards so I'll have to decide on what's next.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Updates


No Taps yet, I do have the one for the Kegerator, but think I should keep it intacked for the time and buy new ones. I do have the cheap picnic ones so will be using it soon.



I have one pin keg and it fits on the shelf




Only an hour after I plugged it in.













Seeing what the temp of the water will be in 24 and 48 hours.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kezzer??

I'm not sure on the spelling any who...More progress


 Haven't decided on a stain for the wood, thinking a deep red.





Metallic copper paint on the handle.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Keezer

Thank You Craigslist

Can get six ball kegs and 2 CO2 bottles, yea I only have 5 kegs in there, I have 2 others in the attic; parts kegs really, I'll have to start getting some parts together to make them whole again.
Chalkboard paint on the lid....



New paint and a wood header for six or may be seven taps, which I really don't have that will come more slowly. I do have several plastic taps so will have multiples up soon. Actually need to get brewing!!!

More to come!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mini cade

Mini Arcade

UPDATE !!

Started to wire the new panel, and worked fine with just one joystick and a fire button, 

but when I add extra function to my keyboard interface I get some cross talk in the matrix. Guess I'll need to add some diodes or maybe change the interface all together.

Well here is a video
video
Guess I need to start putting these projects into their own pages.


The skeleton of it
 Been working on a new toy got a lot to do, new controls and reposition the monitor.




Different angle.

With a little more skin on it.


Up grades to the controls joysticks for 2 players.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Kegerator


Kegerator



Nothing special here just a small frigdge with a little modification


had to do a little cutting on the inside of the door to make room for the keg







A piece of 3 inch copper pipe makes up my tower and mounted with a pipe flange. Drilled a hole in the top and there you go!





I hope to dress up the tower steam punk style, all that copper is just asking for it.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Webby's Laboratory: Recycling Laptop batteries

Webby's Laboratory: Recycling Laptop batteries: What to do with those old Li-ion cells out of a old laptop battery?? Maybe a flash light! Schedule 80 3/4 PVC is the perfe...