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Davidcyborg 01-13-2012 06:02 PM

Custom Reptile Electrical-Thermostat how to question...

I have a pet snake and currently use a lamp dimmer to manually control my under the tank heater (heat pad) to about 88 degrees. Without it it reaches about 115-120 degrees.

I would like to somehow automate this using a digital thermostat and make it myself without really spending a whole lot for a actual thermostat designed by commercial sources in the reptile industry.

The old way was to use a light dimmer and cut the cord and insert between power and heating pad and we're good to go but now can do it via a lamp dimmer extention cord ($10 bucks at home depot).

I want to take it a step further and see if I can somehow rig/modify a $15 digital thermostat from homedepot. My understanding of room thermostats controlers sense the room temp and shuts off. In my case I want to bypass or extend that by putting the sensor directly on the heat source.

That way I can set the digital temp and it'll sense the heat at the probe end and then shut down.

Can it be done cheaply close to $15 as possible? How can it be done?

Thank you in advance.


bob22 01-13-2012 06:21 PM

Why not try something from a place like this:
Likely safer and will work.

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