[Lab] Electronics help

Adam Hill theadbo+modlab at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 09:17:14 EDT 2012

Hey Toby,

posting the model numbers of the valve's and pump would help to get
specific help. In the meantime, this
thread<http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,10845.0.html>has some
good guides in it.

Good luck,

On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM, Toby Murray <murray.toby at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> I new here and dropped by the ModLab last week just to poke around, and it
> seems like a pretty cool place. I have a rather large project in mind and
> I've run into some difficulties with my complete lack of
> hardware/electronics knowledge. To that end, I was wondering if anyone had
> some free time/brain space to help me plan things out and give general
> guidance.
> I have a rudimentary understanding of the Arduino environment from the
> software side, I don't see any problems there, and an almost non-existent
> understanding from the hardware side. With that in mind, I'm looking to
> control some water. I already have an Arduino, a tank, two solenoid valves,
> and a couple pumps to play with. My issues revolve around upping both the
> current and the voltage of the Arduino to be able to toggle the
> solenoids/contactor of appropriate size for the pumps (if this is even the
> proper way to do it? Went to Active Components and they had nothing that I
> thought I needed, which made me second guess myself). I think I've come up
> with a possible solution from mixing and matching specs I find on the
> internet, but seeing as I've almost no idea what I'm doing I'd like to go
> over it with someone who's done this kind of stuff before. Especially
> before I go buying random extremely specific components...
> To that end, I'm putting out this call for help. Anybody feel like jumping
> in on this? Doesn't have to be in person; email, instant message, texts,
> phone -  it all works.
> Any help is appreciated!
>     - Toby Murray
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