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Old 01-16-2007, 08:09 PM
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Homemade Switchbox for my Liquid De-Icing Setup

Finally made some progress on the brains of my setup.

The Master On/off is on the right "safety switch". The 4 center switches control which solenoids open up on the bar, (Left wing, Left Center, Right Center, Right Wing). The left Safety switch is for the 5th solenoid which will open up the de-icing spray bar. I use a 6way connector I found at Radioshack for the solenoid wires + ground. There are seperate power/ground wires hidden inside the loom which I still have to wire up seperately.



here's the Master On, and L + R Centers also On


The 6way plug has a matching end which will go to a 7way RV trailer style plug in the bed. From there I will plug in the matching trailer end to the solenoids. This allows easy disconnects when I want to pull the setup out.
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:17 AM
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the switch box

I Was Wondering Were You Got The Box From And What's It Made Off.
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:26 AM
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I got it at radio shack. it's called a "project box" you can find them in the electrical wiring/connections section. I think it was only about $4 too. Its made of abs plastic.

Just realized I never finished putting up more pictures.
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Here's a shot of the inside of the box.



Here's a picture of what it controls. 5 solenoids.
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Matt, Kudos on your set up. Is a spraying unit hard to set up?
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its not too bad if you keep it simple. I went a little crazy with this setup in terms of how flexible I wanted it to be. I can spray as little as 3'9" or nearly 20'. I have 4 solenoids for the anti-icing setup, and 1 for the de-icing.
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I may have to come down for a visit and get a quick lesson. I am seriously considering it for next season. I just think 5k for a system is pathetic. expecially for what it is made of.
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some of the more advanced units are fully automatic to match flow rate with speed after they're calibrated. I obviously have no capacity to do that with my setup. I'm still working on finishing touches to my spray bar to get the distance out of the wings, it didn't spray as far as I anticipated from 15", I have plenty of material flow, but not the distance I was expecting.

Maybe we can grab lunch someday, I'm taking a Pesticide course up in West Hartford on Thursdays for the next two months. I come right down 84 on the way back. I can toss the spray unit in one time and let you look it over, we could run some water too if you'd like.

The next unit I make will be more simple, larger and faster.
350gallon unit, 120+GPM pump on a Honda engine, rotating nozzle bodys (plugs to turn them off, fan sprays for anti-icing, and jet-streams for de-icing). I can afford a little more waste when I have a 350gallon tank versus squeezing every ounce out of a 60Gallon tank.
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Thought I would add some new pictures.

Here is my modular section of the tanks, I can remove the solenoids and one of the pumps but leave the tank if necessary.


Here is the new spray bar. I flared the ends up to achieve the full throw of the off center tips. it also narrows the bar down to within the track of the truck so I don't hook it on trees, cars, etc.


I mounted the box on the transmission hump to keep it close but out of the way, it also leaves room for 2 more drinks behind it. You can also see my plow controller on the shiftknob. Love having that there.
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Maybe in a couple of weeks we can get to gether. I know I will definately be building a unit sometime this summer for my big truck. I also heard of another unit that was pretty tricked out.

PM Me when you want to hook up. Just looking at the way you set things up you are pretty creative. I am all about customization.
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Lets shoot for next week. Hopefully it will warm up a little. 10* is too cold to be dicking around with liquids. I'd like to take a look at your erie specials too, they sound nice.
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Sounds like a plan. Let me know!
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