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Old 02-24-2012, 12:34 AM   #136
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Our HD still sells the DIG8006.
Yep, they still sell it at HD here at $33 each if I remember correctly. I still haven't got around to completing my WC.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #137
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Just as an update - looks like the (my) controller has been working flawlessly for 5 years. Not bad! Every other year I change the 9V battery to keep its settings memorized in case the power goes out. Twice a year the time is adjusted for Summer/Winter time. The precision of how this thing keeps time is pretty amazing, I am talking about few seconds/year fluctuation.

Only thing I wish would be to have EIGHT independent channels instead of six. But for most smaller tanks (this one runs a 250gal tank) six should be sufficient.

Few DIYs go that well and last that long.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #138
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Just as an update - looks like the (my) controller has been working flawlessly for 5 years. Not bad! Every other year I change the 9V battery to keep its settings memorized in case the power goes out. Twice a year the time is adjusted for Summer/Winter time. The precision of how this thing keeps time is pretty amazing, I am talking about few seconds/year fluctuation.

Only thing I wish would be to have EIGHT independent channels instead of six. But for most smaller tanks (this one runs a 250gal tank) six should be sufficient.

Few DIYs go that well and last that long.


Good to hear. I built mine in early 2010, and it's still working great. I've had to change the 9V once. I built it like Jens with the built in rack mount. I really enjoy the rack mount so I really easily override the timer and turn on lights or do an extra shot of fertilizers.

It was fun to build, holds up well, and does the job at a fraction of the price of turn key controllers on the market.

10/10, would build again.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:48 PM   #139
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This DIY is worth bringing back up once in a while. It's been a long time since anyone has posted anything here, so I'll move it to the top with a bad cell phone pic of the Wasser-Controller I recently built:



It's not pretty, but it doesn't really have to be. It works great, and should (hopefully) power everything I need for two aquarium racks.

I made two power stations that I can plug into separate wall sockets (separate breakers) next to each rack. I liked the CAT5 disconnects discussed in this thread, but decided to use thermostat wire and DMX plugs on this build.

Thanks for this idea Wasserpest, and thanks to everybody else in this thread! I should have built one of these years ago!
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