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Old 06-13-2012, 11:15 AM
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Would this work? Electronic Shut-off Solenoid Valve 115 Volt - FreshWaterSystems.com

I found this and was wondering if I could just wire a power cord to it and plug it in to my apex. I want to replace the float on the end of the line to my RO/DI system that I use to keep my ato filled, fill random buckets, and for my salt water mixing station with something electric that I can have better control over.

This way I can fill my ato bucket remotely with the use of a couple float switches and the remote access on my apex. So if something goes wrong with ATO I'm max dumping 4 gallons of freshwater (nothing to my 250g water volume) but I can still have unlimited water to my tank, just add a low water email with a float switch and then tell it to refill the bucket remotely.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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Should be fine, coupled with a float switch.

Autotopoff sells the same thing, a little cheaper: AutoTopoff.com
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Should be fine, coupled with a float switch.

Autotopoff sells the same thing, a little cheaper: AutoTopoff.com
Perfect, that's exactly what I was looking for!

You think there is a need for a double float on the top on the ato bucket? No snails or crud to randomly gunk it up... I guess worse case scenario is I get a bunch of fresh water all over my floor.
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Just one float switch at the top should be fine.
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Dont mean to hijack this but i have a question. With that listed above, the solenoid, can i have that be triggered by their float switch. I top off my tank now manually by turning the valve on my BRS RODI when i see the water is below the normal mark, i have marked with tape.

If i could, i think this thread just saved my life. Cuz i will be going out of town coming up and having an ato that can top itself off straight from my rodi would be lovely.
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Dont mean to hijack this but i have a question. With that listed above, the solenoid, can i have that be triggered by their float switch. I top off my tank now manually by turning the valve when i see the water is below the normal mark, i have marked with tape.

If i could, i think this thread just saved my life. Cuz i will be going out of town coming up and having an ato that can top itself off straight from my rodi would be lovely.
As long as you have an apex and a breakout box it's very easy. I would suggest doing it the way I am though. So you still have a limited water supply to the tank, but the ability to refill that amount. It lowers the inherent risk by a great deal.
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i dont have an apex tho. could i get a jbj top off, plug in that solenoid to it and have it open when its triggered?
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i dont have an apex tho. could i get a jbj top off, plug in that solenoid to it and have it open when its triggered?
I really don't know. Hopefully someone can chime in with some alternative methods for incorporating this device.

I had a specialized application already in mind and only needed to find the right piece of equipment to complete it.
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NEVER EVER use 120v AC with water!
Always use a DC solenoid and a relay to isolate 120v AC from 12 or 24v DC for safety reasons.

Here is one example:
Solenoid Valve Controller by SpectraPure
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.... normally, I would agree with you AZ, but we use 110 AC with just about every aspect of our tanks. I have never heard of one of these solenoids leaking electricity into the supply line. Not saying it couldn't happen, but.....
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