DIY Automatic chicken door opener wiring help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Talarigo, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Talarigo

    Talarigo New Egg

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    I would appreciate any assistance offerred.
    Here's the scenerio:

    Goal: I need to make an electric drill spin clockwise at a particular time and counterclockwise at another time. This drill is being used to open and close a door to my chicken coop.

    Here's what I have:

    * 1 reversible drill - This drill uses an AC universal series motor with 4 wires... 2 to the Armature (A1, A2) and 2 to the Field (F1, F2). Clockwise (A2/F1 A1/Line F2/Neutral) -- CounterClockwise (A2/F2 A1/Line F1/Neutral) This wiring works, I hope it makes sense.
    * 1 DPDT relay - here's what the pinout looks like: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/17610_relay1.jpg
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    3 SPDT switches - 1 to stop the motor when door is up and 1 to stop it when down and the 3rd as a safety in case it goes too high (don't know if I really need the 3rd one?)
    * 1 or more power sources - I can have as many sources of power as necessary.
    * 1 or more timers.

    Could you please describe the wiring to achieve the goal?

    Plain english, if you will. Thanks!!
     
  2. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

    Green_Eggs_and_Ham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Talarigo! First of all, [​IMG]

    I sent this to my hubby to look at. He's an EE. I'll let you know if he has any ideas. May not be today, he's traveling on business.

    [​IMG] Unless it is a personal challenge, why don't you just buy a door motor? It seems a lot easier and probably less expensive in the long run too. Just my two cents. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I'll respond back later.

    E/
     
  3. Talarigo

    Talarigo New Egg

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    Hi Green_Eggs_and_Ham,

    Thanks for the welcome... excited to be part of the community. I'd appreciate any help your husband can provide. As for doing it myself, I just enjoy doing these kind of things. Might not always be the most economical way to approach it, but I like to use what I have... anytime I remove/re-purpose/dispose of items from my cluttered garage, I get the thumbs-up from the wife [​IMG].

    T
     
  4. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

    Green_Eggs_and_Ham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He says he can't til he gets home from his trip. We'll see.

    Yes, I agree with the re-purposing. I definitely like it when we save something from the landfill. [​IMG]

    Keep surfing the web. I've seen this idea before. Or maybe it was a car antenna. Or both... I dunno.

    E/
     
  5. Talarigo

    Talarigo New Egg

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    Just an update... I had a couple of hours one evening and figured out the wiring myself. Wasn't too difficult. The design is easy to replicate and uses a cheap corded drill (got one free from my dad), a relay ($8 Radio Shack, 2 switches ($3 ea. Radio Shack also), and 1 timer (the mechanical ones are about <$10 @ HD), and some cord wiring like from a floor lamp. Once I have everything together I'll post some pics and details. Hope this will help others save some $$.

    BTW, Just found out my favorite chicken, Moonshine (columbian wyandotte), is a "He". Very upset since our township (Lower Merion of Wynnewood, PA) doesn't allow roos. Now the process to try and find him a home. If anyone reads this post and knows of a place in Eastern PA that takes roosters -- NOT for meat --, I would really appreciate hearing about it! This bird is a lap-chicken -- will come over and jump up on my lap and hang out. Just the nicest bird.
     
  6. PepNorm

    PepNorm New Egg

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    I see that you figured out the wiring. Just what was the solution? Thank you
     
  7. domtracey

    domtracey Out Of The Brooder

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    Any pics of the finished item :D
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  8. bretski

    bretski New Egg

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    ^ +1.

    I'd love to see your finished product!
     

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