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How do I wire a thermostat without dying?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by catwalk, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    ... or starting my house on fire? I've searched BYC, and all I've found are small ones with two posts. Looks easy enough, but the one I bought is much different! It's the only one they had at Menards, and that's the only HI store in the town where I was today. It's bigger, and it has 4 screws. Two outer ones that look similar to the one everyone else is using, and two inner ones with a jumper between them. The opposite side has two holes with threads. Can someone please tell me what to do? My motto, when it comes to handiwork, is "if you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem." [​IMG]

  2. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Aptos CA
    I don't know the answer, but I got a laugh out loud from your question!
  3. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    when there is a jumber between any two make sure only one wire goes there, and the other wire go to the other one, may be you can take a bigger picture for me to let me make sure I am seeing this the right way
  4. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I can't get a better pic. The screen on my camera is broken, and it's all a guessing game. I can't even adjust the flash! I did spend a few minutes drawing a diagram of what I have. I'm sure that one of the heating element wires gets attatched to two screws, with a jumper between them, but I can't decide which screws. I'm used to screwing up, and I don't mind having a learning experience when the consequence is a waste of time or money. I just don't think I can afford to make a mistake with this one. Granted, the firehouse is next door, and this is the house that the fire chief grew up in.......
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    You won't die. I got into my own experiments with electrical wiring. 9 times out of 10 when you get something wrong it either A: doesn't work and you just have to rewire it or B: shorts out what your wiring and nothing bad happens except you have to buy a new one.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  6. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    MMMMM... Idunno,
    I did some rewiring a while ago, and I got quite a shock! I need to be able to try this thing out without touching it if I'm not sure I'm doing it right. Right now, I can't think of anybody who owes me THAT big of a favor. [​IMG]
  7. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Okay, what if I wire it however I think it goes, then I plug it into an outlet that is not energised? I go downstairs and screw in the fuse, and I'll be far away from any explosion? Of course, I WILL be trapped in the basement.......

  8. rnoyster

    rnoyster Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    Conway, South Carolina
    You have a top thermostat from a water heater instead of the bottom thermostat! The one that you want to use is the one with only two screws on it.
  9. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I can't take it back because I already ripped it open. I did cut the wire and attatch it to the two screws that were there. I stood on a thick rubber mat, put on thick rubber work gloves, and plugged it in. I am still alive, and I think it works. Believe me, if they had the one with just two screws at the store, I wouldn't have shelled out $4 extra to get this confounding contraption! It seems that all the extra parts of that thermostat are superfluous to our needs. [​IMG]
  10. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    Give it to the Fire Chief and go BUY the right one! (You can get the "right one" on the Internet OR on Ebay)

    Don't WORRY about "electrocution". Just keep it unplugged until you've got it the way you think it should be. Then get the "Fire-Chief" to plug it in!

    just a few simple, REALLY SIMPLE, suggestions.... [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]

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