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boyelroy11
05-29-2012, 11:12 PM
My plan for the DirkCheap was to replace the SSRezs in the TA200 boxes that were at my arches. This is what I started with:
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I collected my materials, including some Sch40 PVC pipe, caps, a scavenged fused male plug, and the DirkCheap parts:
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I soldered in the components for the main ssr, while leaving two of the pcbs attached:
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After feeding the wires through the drilled end cap, I attached two sections of CAT5e cable for the signals, and the AC power lead to each pcb:
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Continued...

boyelroy11
05-29-2012, 11:22 PM
I then separated my wires to the light strings (70ct incans), connected one lead from each set to the outputs on the pcb, and the connected and soldered the remaining wires in a bundle:
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I did a little shrink tubing and slid the caps on, the ended the CAT5e cables:
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Finally, I hooked it up to one of the Ren64 and powered it up:

https://vimeo.com/43085517


All that is left is some hot glue to seal it all up, and some flat black paint, and it will be good to go!

Thanks to Dave (Dirknirkle) for coming up with it and sharing his ideas.

Remember, 120V. I am not responsible for your fried body parts if you aren't careful...

Bruce

dirknerkle
05-29-2012, 11:22 PM
That's got to be the most compact, 8-channel SSR on the planet!!! Well done, Bruce!

boyelroy11
05-29-2012, 11:32 PM
Thanks, Dave. Couldn't have done it without you :)

Materdaddy
05-31-2012, 10:36 AM
Mind if I add this thread to the "Other Links" section of the wiki page (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=DirkCheapSSR)?

boyelroy11
05-31-2012, 10:38 AM
I'd be honored :)

Lefserev
05-31-2012, 11:22 AM
Wow! The DirkCheap SSR is revolutionary and affordable.
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with a full basement!

boyelroy11
05-31-2012, 11:24 AM
Sadly enough, that's the front end of my extra-deep garage, lol...

Lefserev
05-31-2012, 03:22 PM
I just thought that you could also use the plastic molding kit from Hobby Lobby and create a small waterproof box molded around the SSR.
Maybe I'll try it when mine come.