homemade incubator-need help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nellynelly, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am in the process of building an incubator, and am having issues.

    first, the only thermo i could find has 5 or 6 screw ports (not 2 like most i have seen used). i think that it can be used for 110v or 220, and 10 or 20 amps. so i plugged in the light bulb into 110v and 10 amps. the light turns on, but not off. i have set the temp screw to the lowest (below the scale) setting, but nothing, the light ust stays on. any ideas on what i did wrong? in my mind, must not be so bad, because everything turns on. could it be a broken thermo unit?

    i left it on for 2 hours, and it only reach 102. would it be worth installing a smaller light and just having it on 24/7? open the door if the temp gets high? the problem i see with this would be during the lockdown phase.
     
  2. victor miller

    victor miller Out Of The Brooder

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    most people use hot water heater thermastats and you have to put them about a inch and a half to two inches away from it ( the bulb) . you can find them on ebay or go to your hardware store and get one they are around 8 to 10 bucks.
     
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  4. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the thermostat is for a hotwater heater. it is a top heating element. any ideas about teh light not going off? could it be a wiring issue?

    thanks
     
  5. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is wired like the diagrams found on this site. the only difernce, i included a female plug to the thermo, and have the fan plugged into that (so the fan only runs when the light is on).
     

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