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  • ronk53 commented on ScottSEA's instructable Put Your CatGenie in "Tech Mode"3 months ago
    Put Your CatGenie in "Tech Mode"

    Is your swapping trick still working or did the good cartridge expire as well? I'm thinking that if your trick works, you might be able to remove the RFID reader from the unit, and put a good tag beside it, and then disconnect the reader from the unit after the cycle starts and while it's running or at the time it would change the count on the tag, by using sensor and relay. Thanks.

    Since this is an old post, I'll use it to share my experience with the Cat Genie. I have 2 Cat Genie 120's and BOTH now have the same issue where the hose feeding the solution to the bowl has deteriorated and split open. This has also caused solution to drip into the scoop arm motor and clogged it up. I bought my 1st unit Sept 2014 from a liquidation shop in Canada, but it was brand new, unused. The scoop arm quit working Oct 2016, JUST after the 2yr warranty expired (of course). Luckily I had found a used CG that came with 11 cartridges for $150 (bought it for the cartridges) so I just used it. The seller bought it new and only used it a couple months, but his cats wouldn't use it. I used it about 6 months, and it developed the same issue. I'm going to try replace the hoses with eit...see more »Since this is an old post, I'll use it to share my experience with the Cat Genie. I have 2 Cat Genie 120's and BOTH now have the same issue where the hose feeding the solution to the bowl has deteriorated and split open. This has also caused solution to drip into the scoop arm motor and clogged it up. I bought my 1st unit Sept 2014 from a liquidation shop in Canada, but it was brand new, unused. The scoop arm quit working Oct 2016, JUST after the 2yr warranty expired (of course). Luckily I had found a used CG that came with 11 cartridges for $150 (bought it for the cartridges) so I just used it. The seller bought it new and only used it a couple months, but his cats wouldn't use it. I used it about 6 months, and it developed the same issue. I'm going to try replace the hoses with either fuel line for model airplanes/cars, or surgical silicon tubing. (Anyone had any experience with this?? ). Even the plastic on one of the pumps has deteriorated. I'm going to try rebuild it, or make a new one from a block of Nylon material. I tool the arm motor apart and cleaned it and it seems to work OK now. I live in Canada and shipping and repair would cost about $150 each. Pet Novations WILL NOT sell individual parts inside the control unit. ( That's like not being able to buy a new alternator or battery for your car's engine.!!! ) .. Not a very good product in this regard.

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  • ronk53 commented on ScottSEA's instructable CatGenie: Resetting a SaniSolution Cartridge3 months ago
    CatGenie:  Resetting a SaniSolution Cartridge

    This is an interesting idea.. as long as it doesn't reduce the counter on a good cartridge. Perhaps you could set up a method by using a relay to temporarily disconnect the RFID reader in the control unit, or a servo to remove/position a good tag at the right time using an Arduino or other method. Maybe the relay could be triggered when the bowl motor runs, or a trigger line from the control board that is active when a cycle is running.

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  • Homemade Firepit from Helium Tank (No welding!)

    Great idea, but I think it might be easier and cheaper to just drill a hole in the bottom center of the tank, and put 1 bolt with a washer through it, and into the valve (or valve hole if you drill it out). May have to thread the valve unless you use a lag bolt. Would save on the cost of the 4 u bolts etc. The handles should support the tank, unless the heat would distort the metal. Just a thought.

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  • ronk53 completed the lesson Welcome to Arduino in the class Arduino Class4 months ago