need help with wafer wiring??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mtngrl812, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Has anyone taking the electronic thermostat switch off the LG and installed a wafer using the existing LG electronic switch? Does that make any sense??
    I have an LG that has a faulty electronic thermostat and I want to install a wafer control. The problem is that I have just the wafer disc and L-bolt with wing nut. I want to make a bracket to hold the wafer but need to know if it is possible to use the LG electronic switch to activate the heating element...
    Any brainy electrical people out there with advice?
     
  2. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not brainy nor electrical... my LG panel quit too, and right now I"m tinkering with a hot water heater thermostat. I'm not familiar with the wafer style, but believe it would be much more effective than what I'm doing, but I"m unsure how you'd adjust the temperature.

    This is what you're dealing with on the inside of the LG... probably without the corrosion and goo.
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    Basic wiring for a thermostat is to run one side of the power line to one side of the heating element, then wire the thermostat between the other power wire and the other heating element wire. I JUST did this about a half hour ago, so far its heating up and nothing has shorted out.
     
  3. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    funny what chicken people will try. I bought my LG new and lost alot of eggs (not to mention all the $$ paid) and couldn't figure out what was going on. I put a thermometer in the bator that shows the high and low temps recorded. Well I found out that every 10 days or so the temp would spike to 120 [​IMG] so there ya have it. A sneaky spike that roasted everything. I tried something like 4 different batches before I figured it out.
    I bought another new LG not too long ago and let it run for weeks before I put my hens eggs to try hatching. I put in something like 6-8 eggs and hatched 3. I wasn't being very diligent with them so the loss is not unexpected. Now I have some eggs ordered to come in tomorrow and will be more attentive to these eggs. But I really would like to get the first bator running, or make a bator out of an old wine fridge that is sitting out in the barn. If I can figure out this wiring and switches and all I am going to try the wine fridge and see how it does.
     
  4. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a great 'bator out of an old cooler - I followed Rush Lane Poultry's youtube videos and it works excellent. The only mod I made was I lined the bottom with 1-liter soda bottles filled with water. the temperature never budges on the thing... if I wasn't too lazy to turn eggs I'd be using that as the incubator instead of as a hatcher.... but since I"m doing turkey eggs this year I may put it into full time service as I don't 100% trust the LG. (for regular and moderately special eggs its fine, but I"m hoping for some income from the turkeys).

    I've had good success with the LG, it is finicky with the temperature but if I insulate it with some bath towels it works better. I'll tell you - the BEST hatch I ever did was with 30 or so button quail eggs. I put them in the 'bator, turned it on. Didn't turn, didn't even have a thermometer. I ignored them 100% PLUS didn't write down what day was hatch day. I went on vacation and my husband called... ummmm.... your incubator is cheeping... I would have been proud of the hatch rate even if I was paying attention to the thing!

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  5. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need the bracket and microswitch to go with the wafer that you have. Available at GQF and numerous other sources.Toss the electronic thermostat, wire in the microswitch/wafer assembly and you wil be good to go.
     
  7. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    that was the problem. I could not remember what the wafer thermostat looked like when I used it years ago, so I had purchased only the wafer and not the complete assemble. I saw a thread by Eggcellent, https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/291077/diy-wafer-thermostat that had instructions but I was wanting a couple more ideas for the switch. I gave up last night and ordered the complete assembly.
     
  8. beanmcnulty

    beanmcnulty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm bumping this, I would like to replace the solid state Tstat on old LG with a wafer but for some reason the temp isn't getting high enough? Wondering what I did wrong.
     

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