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4Instructables20,754Views46CommentsArkansasJoined October 24th, 2008
No longer working, but was a specialist maintenance worker when I did. Masters Electrician Lic. and Assoc. degree in Computer Networking. Had a fiber optic license but gave it up when I quit working. Repair computers and work on digital art as hobbies. Volunteering at the VA as an IT for their computer lab and as a driver from an out of town location to the main hospital.

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  • redkcir's instructable Replaceing a Soldered in Fuse.'s weekly stats: 2 months ago
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  • redkcir commented on Phil B's instructable Holder for a Glass Fuse2 months ago
    Holder for a Glass Fuse

    Fuses are about protecting your device. A fast blow is designed for just this purpose. A slow blow is used when there may be a higher current for a short time, like starting a motor, that will go back to normal afterwards. A delay keeps you from replacing the fuse every time you use it. Because you are checking current that is already or may be flowing your device uses a fast blow to protect its self. You might get away with using the slow blow for a while, but it is designed to have some leeway (allow a higher amperage for a short time) than your device may be able to stand.

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  • Controlling AC Light Using Arduino With Relay Module

    I actually like all the lights and the solenoid activating the first time the Arduino powers up. It's a good equipment check. Because it is a race timer though I don't want to reset the Arduino every time I start a race, but just run the loop. I have a Stop loop command and just want to re-start the loop with a button. I'm working on adding that button now.

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  • How to Use a Push Button - Arduino Tutorial

    I am running an 8 relay board turning lights on and off in sequence. When I first start the Arduino all the relays come on and everything lights up then shuts off and that's fine (good way to check to see if everything is working) but after that I want to just run the loop on a button press. My code has an exit(0); to stop the loop at the end of the run which should in effect turn it off until the next time I start the loop. Any suggestions?

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  • Controlling AC Light Using Arduino With Relay Module

    I have a small problem I hope someone can help with. I have built a race tree (four lights, last light also operates a solenoid to open a gate). For the most part it works well, however when the Arduino is first turned on and when the sketch starts running all the lights and solenoid turn on. I am OK with all the lights, but the solenoid prematurely opens the gate. Right now the solenoid it tied to the last light, but I have a place in the code to add a separate relay just for it. Is there a way to add a relay that doesn't automatically run on start up, but at the end of the run when the go light turns on? I have listed the code I am using:// Race Tree// Controlling 4 relay board// Relays control 110VAC lights// button on reset restarts tree// 10 is for optional solenoid start gatevoid ...

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    I have a small problem I hope someone can help with. I have built a race tree (four lights, last light also operates a solenoid to open a gate). For the most part it works well, however when the Arduino is first turned on and when the sketch starts running all the lights and solenoid turn on. I am OK with all the lights, but the solenoid prematurely opens the gate. Right now the solenoid it tied to the last light, but I have a place in the code to add a separate relay just for it. Is there a way to add a relay that doesn't automatically run on start up, but at the end of the run when the go light turns on? I have listed the code I am using:// Race Tree// Controlling 4 relay board// Relays control 110VAC lights// button on reset restarts tree// 10 is for optional solenoid start gatevoid setup(){ // initialize the digital pin as an output.: pinMode(2, OUTPUT); pinMode(4, OUTPUT); pinMode(6, OUTPUT); pinMode(8, OUTPUT); pinMode(10, OUTPUT);}void loop() { delay(3000); // All lights turn on when Arduino powered or reset // This delays for 3 seconds before programed // light seq. runs. digitalWrite(2, HIGH); // 1st Yellow Light on for 1/2 second delay(500); digitalWrite(2, LOW); // Light turns off delay(500); digitalWrite(4, HIGH); // 2nd Yellow light on 1/2 second delay(500); digitalWrite(4, LOW); // Light turns off delay(500); digitalWrite(6, HIGH); // 3rd Yellow Light on for 1/2 second delay(500); digitalWrite(6, LOW); // Light turns off delay(500); digitalWrite(8, HIGH); // Green Light on for 4 sec delay(4000); digitalWrite(8, LOW); // Light turns off delay(4000); //digitalWrite(10, HIGH); // Solenoid on for 4 seconds //delay(4000); //digitalWrite(10, LOW); // Solenoid turns off //delay(3000); exit(0); //Stop Loop command}

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  • redkcir commented on Gronings Wild's instructable Exploding Sun Lamp Design6 months ago
    Exploding Sun Lamp Design

    Maybe not, but they have been good enough for my projects. Sadly at present I have no pictures for them as I have given away all of them. We made a lighted picture and I made a fairy wand as well as a big fiber lamp with them (think this - http://www.glowuniverse.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/1566/s/led-flashing-fiber-optic-lamp/?gclid=CNzL68CB3NMCFdC4wAodkFUC8A). Once unwrapped the fibers are various lengths from short to about two feet, which have been great for my use. An added plus is the base has color changing LEDs you can reuse to light some of your stuff. They have ab adapter, but can be run on batteries.

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  • redkcir commented on Gronings Wild's instructable Exploding Sun Lamp Design6 months ago
    Exploding Sun Lamp Design

    I use fiber optic Christmas trees as a source for fiber. After Christmas 4 and 5 foot trees sell for as little as $5 or $10 at our Walmart, so I try and buy a few. It does take a little work to take them apart, but you get a lot of materiel for the effort. Some times you can find fiber "hair extensions" after Halloween that are pretty cheap, but the trees are your best bet.

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  • Introduction: Pinewood Derby Race Finish Line

    I used the .ino you provided and it still wouldn't work on my computer. I tried it on Codebender.cc and it works just fine. Definitely a problem on my end. Thanks for all the help. We have already had our first race this year (I used a different setup), but I am going to build this anyway. It's a challenge now!

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  • redkcir commented on kenyer's instructable Pinewood Derby Race7 months ago
    Pinewood Derby Race

    Thanks. We had our first annual race today. I wound up using a different time for now, but haven;t giving up on the one with all the bells and whistles! All my pictures are on my drone but I will post when I get a chance.

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  • Introduction: Pinewood Derby Race Finish Line

    These are the errors I got. When I tried to convert to four lanes it got worst.(sketch file) Pinebox Derby Lane Indicator.ino:33:16: error: use of undeclared identifier 'mySetPin'; did you mean 'mySetPen'? digitalWrite(mySetPin, LOW); ^~~~~~~~ mySetPen(sketch file) Pinebox Derby Lane Indicator.ino:28:24: note: 'mySetPen' declared herevoid displayFinish(int mySetPen, int myPlace) { ^(sketch file) Pinebox Derby Lane Indicator.ino:82:1: error: expected expression)^(sketch file) Pinebox Derby Lane Indicator.ino:85:1: error: expected '}'^(sketch file) Pinebox Derby Lane Indicator.ino:40:13: note: to match this '{'void loop() { ^3 errors generated.

    By the way I ran this through CodeBenders.cc site. They are closed now but still work for old members. It compiles and downloads much quicker than the Arduino software. I did run it through that software (Arduino) as well with much the same errors.

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  • redkcir commented on kenyer's instructable Pinewood Derby Race7 months ago
    Pinewood Derby Race

    Great looking job! We have built a track of our own using your instructable for our Pinewood Derby and it races pretty good! I am having a bit of trouble with the Arduino code. It's with the 'Config.h' file. fatal error: 'Config.h' file not found#include "Config.h"It can't find it. Is there a library for that and if so, where can I find it?Thanks

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  • Introduction: Pinewood Derby Race Finish Line

    The electronics were easy to under stand and build, the Arduino sketch, not so much. An ino would be great. The sketch as is does not compile.

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  • redkcir commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Auto Door For Chicken Feeder1 year ago
    Auto Door For Chicken Feeder

    Cool design. I am thinking of using it with a slight mod. My ducks won't go in a coop so I need a feeder that stays outside. I am thinking of adding a water sensor to close it if it rains as well. I have power for my heat lamps in the coop so I can power an Arduino from there (no battery issue). I should have enough I/Os to add an automatic door for the chicken as well (they have a separate run). I am pretty new at codeing but I think I can get it to work!

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