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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 10:12 PM
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Just got off the phone with stc valve aaking them if my coil is 3watts version, well they told me that 3w are only offered in 12v or 24v option. So im going there tomorrow to exchange mine. Alan are you sure your is 110v 3watts ? because if its regular 6.5w and its still does't get hot that i might stay with what i have and be done with it.

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Just got off the phone with stc valve aaking them if my coil is 3watts version, well they told me that 3w are only offered in 12v or 24v option. So im going there tomorrow to exchange mine. Alan are you sure your is 110v 3watts ? because if its regular 6.5w and its still does't get hot that i might stay with what i have and be done with it.
6 watts will work but it will be hotter. Yes mine is 110v 4 watts. I wired everything myself.

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I think the circular block looks great! I prefer that look over the square, it's a nice change from the common block type.

Can you freely rotate the solenoid? Or is it stuck in place?



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6 watts will work but it will be hotter. Yes mine is 110v 4 watts. I wired everything myself.

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I think the circular block looks great! I prefer that look over the square, it's a nice change from the common block type.

Can you freely rotate the solenoid? Or is it stuck in place?
yes you can rotate it just have to loosen up that little nut thats holding the coil onto the solenoid

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yes you can rotate it just have to loosen up that little nut thats holding the coil onto the solenoid
I let mine move freely. The buna o-ring is really soft.

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hope Alan won't mind if i add more info.
after talking to stc valve there is more options
110v only comes in 4watt and 6.5watt
12vdc and 24vdc comes in 3 ,4 and 6.5 watts
i went with 110v 4watts and its running now for about 6 hours and temperature is ok
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so the 110v model can be wired and plugged directly into the wall/timer?
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so the 110v model can be wired and plugged directly into the wall/timer?
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I got one of these in the 24VDC. The solenoid will run on +24V or -24V. Not sure if more heat is created one way or the other. I do know that if you have hooked up with +24V the light is red. If you have it hooked to -24V the light is green.

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Really starting to like how this solenoid is working out. I will admit the first few days of use it got pretty warm. Now it seems to be a nice and steady warmth to it and quite a bit cooler than those first few days. Not sure if they have some type of break-in period or not?

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It could be the fluctuation of your room temperature.

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