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Step 2: hacking

our idea was to replicate what the pendent switch does but with an arduino. For that, we figured out how the switch was working and with a multimeter we realized that when you press DOWN, the switch joins two pair of wires (red with white and black/green with black). Similar to when you press UP (white with red and black with pink). [photo #1]

So the switch to go UP and DOWN is like a pair of switches to light up a lamp each one, that is why we need 4 relays, and we will control with an arduino to switch every pair to move the motor in every direction.

You can see the diagram bellow [photo #2], also how it looks like in our motor. We had problems managing the direction, but Eric Rosenthal gave us an explanation and a solution for the problem. When we control AC motors with the solid state relays, the relays don't discharge the capacitor but the switch does it someway. So when the capacitor is not being discharged, the motor will go on the same direction as the charge. The solution is the inclusion of a resistor (200KΩ) between both terminals of the capacitor which will discharge the capacitor when the motor is not operating (we didn't have 200KΩ resistor, so we used two 100KΩ connected in series).

After having done this we hacked also another motor, but this one had two capacitors connected in parallel so I connected 200KΩ in every capacitor (I am not completely sure about this, but it works at least) [photo #8].


To finish it, we packed everything in a plastic box and we made a hole to put the pendent switch and be able to control it from the outside of the box without touch any electronic piece, because we are working with AC power and we wanted to be safe.

<p>This was a great tutorial and I have began building this. I do have a question for you that I was hoping that you could help with.</p><p>My winch is slightly different than yours and does not have a capicitor in it. I do however have a bridge rectifier.</p><p>The circuit itself works fine, however if the motor is plugged in and the relays are turned off, nothing happens when I turn it on, The relays light but the winch does not turn. If I unplug the winch from the AC power and plug it back in while the relays are still activated the winch moves. If I do this same thing after flipping from the first two relays to the other two, the winch moves in the oppisite direction. Any idea whay might cause this?</p><p>Thanks in advace,</p><p>Mike</p>
<p>Very neat. I always like seeing ways people hack things to take greater control, especially using something like the Arduino. Do you have any video or pictures of the finished project and how it was used?</p>
<p>Sorry espdp2,<br>We worked on this for an exhibition that at the end <br>couldn't be installed. It supposed that the motor was holding a pallet <br>with clothes and moving them up and down, but the people <br>from the building didn't want us to instal the motor :(</p>
<p>This is almost exactly what I need! I purchased the Harbor Freight 1300 lb lift hoist today, and will be building an elevator out of it for our cabin in the mountains, mostly to haul supplies up and down between floors. My knees aren't what they used to be, and the altitude makes if tough, too. I had taken apart the hoist controls today and made a wiring diagram and schematic of what I found, and was trying to figure out how to interface it with an Arduino, so I can install call switches, lights, interlocks, etc. on it. I am new to building with the Arduino, but have one and have read a lot about the types of thing they can do. This will be a multi-year project, as I only get up there once a year. But at least now, I can begin prototyping and testing all of the controls, and work on the lift platform design. Thanks for the great write up and photos.</p>

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