Wave maker using Windshield Wiper delay relay?

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  1. Dyngoe

    Dyngoe Fire Worm

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    OK, I was driving in the rain yesterday and it hit me,"Why couldn't I use a windshield wiper delay to build a DIY wavemaker?" Has anyone thought of this or tried it? I have enough 12V converters sitting around, so I can power it. I'm assuming I can just run it through a relay then for my 110V pump.
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

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    That sounds cool as hell!
     
  4. jonathan

    jonathan Aiptasia Anemone

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    if you are going to do it, go all the way...just use the windshield wipers in the tank for the wave device... :)
     
  5. Matt Rogers

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    hahah.. that would something.
     
  6. CodyW

    CodyW Spaghetti Worm

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    I saw I DIY where he put the relay behind the tank and then using gears attached it to a powerhead, so the powerhead swayed back and forth with the delay. I think a hydor attachment would be cheaper and more practical but it would take up less room. I like the idea of using something like blades to move the water instead of powerheads, that would be cool!
     
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    A high Toque slow speed motor like a 12v wiper motor would run maybe a week 24/7 until motor from heat and or gear failure happened they are not a continual duty motor . Not to mention the 120 ac to 12v D.C converter would have to supply about 30amp or the motor will die faster from heat or a burned opened winding.. Look at the fuse in you car for the wipers one of the highest draw in the block..
     
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  9. turbo4603

    turbo4603 Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Party Pooper!!!!!!!
    lol, its awesome to have someone like you around, it avoids you the headaches!!!
     
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    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    I don't mean to poop on anyones party But I have broken everything there is one time or the other LOL Like with the latest greatest idea of putting a propeller on a maxi jet LOL Its like taking the balance weights off of a drive shaft on a car it vibrations on a propeller with a rinky dink shaft like they try to use you get the vibrations then you get cavatations from the prop. A double whammy LOL I'm still not sold on the 350.00 ones yet.. After racing APBA offshore boats I know what propeller little shaft wiggle at high RPM will do and how cavatations will kill them also.
     
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    Yeah, we all know you know your stuff about electricity and motors!!!
    i would have never thought of puttin propellors on a maxijet!!LOL
     
  12. m_lacom99

    m_lacom99 Stylophora

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    If you look at the tunze nanostream (see my review). Thats basically what it is, a propeller on a shaft. It does vibrate more that a regular PH but its not that bad. Maybe tunze figured out how to tweak it not to break down or cause cavatation.

    Marc.