author
4Instructables32,939Views54CommentsArkansas
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.

Achievements

10K+ Views Earned a bronze medal
  • redkcir commented on redkcir's instructable AreoGarden Repair
    AreoGarden Repair

    First I would check the fuses to see if one is blown. Next I would do the sight/smell test. Can you see anything that looks like it might have burnt up, then smell it for the same. I am not familiar with the Bounty electric circuit, but check the transformer to see if the secondary side is working. You can test that with a multimeter on the ohm/continuity settings.

    Each of the AeroGardens are a little different in their construction and I haven't had to repair either of mine yet. What type problem are you having?

    The unit I had had two boards in it, one for control (timing, etc.) the other for power distribution. There wasn't a way for me to fix the control board because of the water damage, and I determined that the transformer was OK, so I bypassed it and rewired the pumps and lights on the power distribution board. I traced the connections on the board with a multimeter. The lights and pumps were attached to the distribution board and could be tracked to the relay, which was controlled by the control board and fed back to operate the relays. I jumped out the relays and powered them directly. No control, but the units worked and I knew I could use a timer to turn it on and off if I wanted to.

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir commented on redkcir's instructable AreoGarden Repair
    AreoGarden Repair

    The power board on the unit I had was very easy to trace as it was separated from the main control board. Your best bet is to look for a relay in the board. It is normally used to redirect the power coming in because the control chips take a lot less power. It is usually close to the input power line and before the step down transformer used for the lower voltage components. Look at this video and it will give you a good idea on fixing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6hf_d89kcA

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir commented on redkcir's instructable AreoGarden Repair
    AreoGarden Repair

    I would check to see if the voltage is still available on the plug. In that case you can just replace the lights with some that are of the same voltage. The fastest solution is to buy some more grow lights. Try here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=grow+led+lights+full+spectrum&crid=2VIJKEYAG9V2C&sprefix=grow+led+lights%2Caps%2C204&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_15. there are several to choose from in a verity of price ranges.While we do have a Bounty, it's still working so I haven't taken it apart. The only thing you have lost is the controller for the lights, and that can be replicated with a plug in timer https://www.amazon.com/iPower-Mechanical-Electric-Outlet-Interval/dp/B00BDGHJK4/ref=sr_1_21_sspa?crid=TMELVKRAPQ85&keywords=timer+plug&qid=1567960836&s=gateway&sprefix=timer+%…

    see more »

    I would check to see if the voltage is still available on the plug. In that case you can just replace the lights with some that are of the same voltage. The fastest solution is to buy some more grow lights. Try here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=grow+led+lights+full+spectrum&crid=2VIJKEYAG9V2C&sprefix=grow+led+lights%2Caps%2C204&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_15. there are several to choose from in a verity of price ranges.While we do have a Bounty, it's still working so I haven't taken it apart. The only thing you have lost is the controller for the lights, and that can be replicated with a plug in timer https://www.amazon.com/iPower-Mechanical-Electric-Outlet-Interval/dp/B00BDGHJK4/ref=sr_1_21_sspa?crid=TMELVKRAPQ85&keywords=timer+plug&qid=1567960836&s=gateway&sprefix=timer+%2Caps%2C172&sr=8-21-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzMUNIMzRGTjdDRlpVJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDg0NzA5UEtJMVJMVzhBRE9LJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAxNjE0MTE0UjY2R01ZUTQ1QUMmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9tdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl.I hope this helps.

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir commented on redkcir's instructable AreoGarden Repair

    My fix eliminated the control board all together. There are no controls, it's on or off. The lights are 120vac and the pump is 12v. If you have power on both sides of the transformer you should be able to get it running, but that's it. If you wanted more control I suppose you could use an Arduino to build an adjustable timing device, but I just used an external timer to turn it on and off.

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir's instructable Replaceing a Soldered in Fuse.'s weekly stats:
    • Replaceing a Soldered in Fuse.
      703 views
      11 favorites
      0 comments
  • redkcir commented on Phil B's instructable 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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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?

    View Instructable »
  • 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 se…

    see more »

    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}

    View Instructable »
  • 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/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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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!

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir commented on kenyer's instructable 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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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.

    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.

    View Instructable »
  • redkcir commented on kenyer's instructable 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

    View Instructable »
  • 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.

    View Instructable »
  • 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!

    View Instructable »