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Inkbird ITC-1000 build

I got my 2 ITC-1000's today so it was off to goodwill for something to put them in . I found 2 card file boxes , so for $1.00 I have the boxes covered . I finished one tonight , I will get the other tomorrow . I didn't take pics as I went because pics of hole cutting are boring....lol

I am going to use some ideas from Plantedrich for the probes , I will post more on that later .
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Fab work looks good!


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Thanks . That is a great comment from a fellow DIYer and experimenter . I have been watching the Matrix w/o Seachem thread . lol
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File card boxes? From Goodwill? That has to be a double good idea and find!!
I turned to wood when I could not find what fit at a price I wanted but your wok looks much nicer.
Is the grey PVC tubing meant for sink/toilet hookup the right size to the fit the probe inside? That might be a option for sealing probes? I've used straws, copper tubing and the white tubing I mentioned but it about glows in the dark when I put it in the tank so none are PERFECT yet.
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Thanks Plantedrich . I usually find what I need at Goodwill . First place I look for project stuff . And the dollar store .I may not be the king of diy , but I am the prince of buying on the cheap...lol I like the file boxes cause they snap shut good and no screws to get back inside . Not as stiff as project boxes , but it is just gonna sit under my stand so will be ok . Thanks for all the probe ideas . I have a couple myself , but that will have to wait till tomorrow . Bedtime for this kid .
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Good job. We are happy our units bring you more happiness.
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Ok , so I finished the second one . Different size box , but I think it came out as good as the first one . Now to work on the probes . I took a straw and soften the end till it sealed then folded it over and sealed again and then put heatshrink over the end just to make sure if it was to unfold . Put the probe in and then put a piece of heatshrink on the other end . This does 2 things....keeps any water from going in that end and keeps the probe from pulling out . I have that one working on my 75 and it seems to be fine so far . I may try another way on the second one .
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For sealing the straw, I found it handy to just set it on fire and then clamp the end with pliers. It melted together that way. Likely to be different plastics in some though so we have to see what works for the kind we pick up.
I'm a Goodwill shopper for lots of things and just for wandering through.
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For sealing the straw, I found it handy to just set it on fire and then clamp the end with pliers. It melted together that way. Likely to be different plastics in some though so we have to see what works for the kind we pick up.
I'm a Goodwill shopper for lots of things and just for wandering through.
That is basically what I did...hard to heat the things without setting them on fire...lol I just put the heatshrink on for extra . I tend to over build everything I do . I love Goodwill , has saved me $ over the years . Like they say one man's trash.....
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Curious why the straw? Is this to protect the probe in some way?
Sorry, not up to speed on this particular topic.


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Yes , it is Plantedrich's idea . Seems these probes are not meant to be in water all the time . IP67 rated while the Inkbird 308 I believe is rated IP68 . Either way it seems to be a good idea to isolate the sensor on any probe . The straw idea seems to be the best , at least I can't figure a better one yet . I am still playing around with it .
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It was somewhat forced on me after I had a couple controllers begin to drift way off. I found by replacing the probe, the controllers were fine. It has not been but two that failed but I like to prevent trouble rather than fix it. The probes were pretty cheap but I had to wait to get them. the probes seem much more robust on the newer model Inkbird has designed much more to suit our exact needs when we may want heating as well as cooling. But then I still will add the extra straw to do two things. It makes me know how well it will last fully submerged and it also makes it stiffer so that I can tie-wrap it to my filter intake a little easier. May not be totally necessary but what the heck/ For the price of a straw, I go for the insurance!
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Well I couldn't come up with anything non toxic better than straws for probe protection so here is the second one before it goes in a tank . I did both the same way . They work great and little to no lag in sensing time .
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