Hatcher wiring...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jossanne, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I'm trying to set up a still air hatcher/incubator. I have a ceiling light kit for a 60w bulb and a wafer thermostat and switch. I know nothing about wiring, and haven't found anything on here that helps.

    I have an electrical cord with a brown wire (hot), a blue wire (neutral) and a yellow/green wire (earth ground). I have a light with a black wire and a white wire. The thermostat switch has two blue wires.

    So I hooked up a blue thermostat wire with a white light wire and a blue cord wire. I connected the other blue thermostat wire with the brown cord wire and the black light wire. I used the little plastic twist-on things to connect the wires.

    When I plugged it in, it immediately shot out smoke and fizzing sounds, so I unplugged it. Where did I go wrong? Have I ruined my components? How do I wire them together to make it work?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    you may have just burnt your thermostat up.
     
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Quote:How do I tell?
     
  5. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    you got a ohm meter?
     
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  7. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    No ohm meter. I re-wired it like the diagram in the above link, and nothing happened. I wonder if it's because the thermostat is dead. I tightened the screw until it clicked, and loosened it again and the light never came on.
     
  8. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    switch is bad now you let the magic smoke out of it. it should have came on. you must have wired it where it was a dead short when you plug it up. and it burnt the contacts in the switch.
     
  9. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Quote:That's what I was afraid of, darn it! At least I'm not too desperate for an incubator yet.
     

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