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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:22 pm 
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These are the parts for the vent cover that I made this afternoon


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:24 pm 
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And final shot for today is a view of the almost complete incubator!
Will have it running by the weekend and I began collecting nice poking eggs from my hens this afternoon to hopefully get in on Friday evening or Saturday morning.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:17 pm 
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Vent cover is now in place.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:19 pm 
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And more excitingly, all of the electronics are wired up and inside the control panel box! I've had it running for a moment to check the wiring. Will mount the temp sensor probe tomorrow and get her up and running properly!
Over 3 weeks of spare time have gone into this so I'm very excited/nervous now


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:18 pm 
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Don't forget to seal the wooden Incubator, inside and out. Will make for easier cleaning and disinfecting. Hope all works well for you ......looks good.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:47 pm 
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Thanks Ashy, will do! I was starting to think no-one was even looking at my posts, I almost didn't make the last one haha.

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I'm looking :bigrin


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:01 pm 
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Haha. Thanks sue!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:13 pm 
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Judging by the pageviews lots of people are looking.
This project has evolved over time and I would be interested to see a summary of the final specs. for the interesting looking bits and pieces in the control box and a progress report on how the machine is functioning.


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I'm certainly watching, it is going great. I am actually putting the same heaters in one I'm doing.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:07 pm 
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Yeah the heater I am extremely happy with. Thanks for the comments :-) I enjoy sharing and hope I can help with info when someone wants to build their next incubator by either sharing what I did right or did wrong.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:26 pm 
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benen wrote:
Thanks Ashy, will do! I was starting to think no-one was even looking at my posts, I almost didn't make the last one haha.


I have been following, with interest........may get around to doing one (one day) as I have no success with the ones from china.
Would like to see your wiring diagram and specs on your parts (Make, Model, voltage, wattage etc)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:47 pm 
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Well she's up and running and the temp controller stays within 0.1c once it has run through its learning cycle. Very happy! I've just added a small dish of water to being humidity up a little as it was on around 20%. Now it's 25-30%.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:51 pm 
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I highly recommend it Ashy! I've learned so much. You just have to be patient! I have limited clamps so it was a lot of waiting for glue to dry before gluing another part. If I have success I was considering writing out a small article with plans and instructions as I'm extremely happy with the outcome. I would only change a few things at this point if I were to build it again.
I have just plugged in a power meter to see what kind of consumption I'm using. The wiring was quite simple. It looks maybe a little complicated with the jumble of wires in the box in previous photos and I could have made it much tidier if I took more care but it is labelled and now hidden so I was quick to just connect and close up the box.

Edit: you could make it with less tools and equipment and still get a good functioning result, I wanted to play with my tools and learn how to use them which is why I went with the slotted timber floor and round, flush mounted windows. You could easily solve the problem with cutting a hole in the lid smaller than the perspex and placing the windows over that and also using a metal grid with fly mesh over it for the floor to remove the need of a router.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:02 pm 
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And they're off! I put them all in with an X facing upwards and after one turn cycle they have randomly rolled around which is great!

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