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Old 02-09-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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I'm working on building a small waste oil burner to experiment with-its going to be a siphon type that utilizes compressed air to atomize the fuel through a nozzle. I bought a small compressor from a surplus house and it came with a wiring diagram showing two black wires (to 120V), one green wire (ground), and two blue wires which go to a capacitor which was included. Here is the motor:



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You can see in the second picture that there are two contacts each with two prongs. I'm assuming that one blue wire goes to one set of contacts and the other goes to the other set? I just don't want to hook this thing up backwards because I'm afraid of blowing up the capacitor, motor, or both. Also, do I have to be careful handling the capacitor-I know that they can store quite a bit of power, but I don't know if this one is "full" or not. Any ideas?
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Each pair of prongs within the circle are two contacts to the same point. Hook the cap to one prong in each circle.
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If you look at the terminals you will see that the two are tied together on each set. In other words you only have two terminals but two connections for each. If you are worried about the cap just short the two terminals together with a screw driver to discharge the cap.
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If you look at the terminals you will see that the two are tied together on each set. In other words you only have two terminals but two connections for each. If you are worried about the cap just short the two terminals together with a screw driver to discharge the cap.
That's what I figured, but I'm not that familiar with capacitors so I thought I'd check. Thanks!
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That's what I figured, but I'm not that familiar with capacitors so I thought I'd check. Thanks!
If you are not familiar with capacitors, be warned, once plugged in, the capacitor holds a charge even when unplugged, always ground the capacitor to discharge before touching any of its connections!!!!

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If you are not familiar with capacitors, be warned, once plugged in, the capacitor holds a charge even when unplugged, always ground the capacitor to discharge before touching any of its connections!!!!

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Do you 'ground' it? Or do you connect (short) the terminals to release the charge?

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Yes you short the terminals, symantic's, folks just jump right in to correct, love it.

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Yes you short the terminals, symantic's, folks just jump right in to correct, love it.

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You never know when someone (not necessarily this OP) will take a capacitor and shove it into the dirt!!!
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You never know when someone (not necessarily this OP) will take a capacitor and shove it into the dirt!!!
Well if it were wet dirt it would work
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Well if it were wet dirt it would work
LOL...If I was that clueless about electricity I wouldn't be trying to build my own waste oil burner Wiring, circuit breakers, GFCIs, switches, fuses, etc...I'm fine with, I just know enough about capacitors that they could be potentially dangerous if not handled correctly.
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Well if it were wet dirt it would work
You mean mud?
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You mean mud?
Well wet dirt usually is mud, again those symantic's man you just can't miss an opportunity can ya.
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symantics, perhaps semantics? Or, perhaps a virus is involved? I was a bit confused at first.
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symantics, perhaps semantics? Or, perhaps a virus is involved? I was a bit confused at first.
Yep you cot me, ah chew, or was it a spellin air.
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