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01-26-2010, 05:12 PM
I arrived home yesterday and noticed a really loud noise coming form my workshop. Low and behold my CV was running. Room was warm so I assume a long time. I am hooked up to the supplied relay with a remote starter from Ace Hardware.
Located the remote, nothing was touching it(as I tht there might be) and turned the unit off. Checked for power interruptions and all clocks, computers etc indicated no power outgage. And no one was in the house as the alarm system was silent.
Any one ever had this issue? Could there have been a stray remote frequency somewhere that could have turned it on?
01-26-2010, 06:51 PM
Yes, that has been reported before. Especially with a basic remote that isn't the rolling codes. I'm guessing that one just has dip switches to change the security. I'd change a couple of the switches if it has them. If you left it at the factory setting, it's possible other people have that remote for other things and it's just on the same frequency.
Best thing is to have a master cut off. Possibly a light switch between the remotes output wires to the contactor's trigger wire input. Jim.
01-27-2010, 04:27 AM
The first time I tested my Ace Hardware remote (made by Lamson), I found my garage door open. It is a 12-year old Stanley opener and has a simple 4-frequency controller. I changed my Ace controller dip switches.
01-27-2010, 05:45 AM
I have 5 ceiling fans in my house with remotes for each. They are similar controllers with DIP switches for 10 choices. Every now and then I find a fan mysteriously running. I would not run one of those controllers without a hard shutoff switch on something as important as the cyclone. It costs about 50 cents per hour to run and as you note it really heats up a small shop.
Best thing is to wire the outlet to your lights so that when they are off the remote cannot come on by accident whether by stray signal or the remote having gone bad. Don't know who suggested that but I now suggest this all the time as it's easy to remember unless you are used to leaving the lights on. :eek:
01-29-2010, 12:00 PM
Just want to say that is timely since I am planning to wire up my cyclone this weekend. That is a good idea to wire the remote to the lights circuit. Thanks, folks.
01-29-2010, 07:42 PM
Girino, something else you can do. I don't have a remote on mine, but I planned the set up so it is easy to add. I use a light switch to trigger the contactor. But, I wired the light switch to a duplex receptacle. The 110 volt trigger wires on the contactor are wired to a plug in, and I plug that into the duplex controlled by the light switch. I can put a remote in between the plug and the receptacle to have remote capability. At that point, my light switch becomes a master on/off switch. Best of both worlds. Just an idea for you to think about. Jim.
01-30-2010, 06:43 PM
But, I wired the light switch to a duplex receptacle. The 110 volt trigger wires on the contactor are wired to a plug in, and I plug that into the duplex controlled by the light switch. I can put a remote in between the plug and the receptacle to have remote capability. At that point, my light switch becomes a master on/off switch. Jim.
Great minds think alike! My cyclone will go into a closet inside my garage. I'll extend the overhead light circuit to a duplex receptacle in the closet, into which I will plug the remote (which I already have) and the bin sensor (which I already have). Just need to get off my butt and do it!
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