[Lab] Water sensor for an arduino?
michael at krazatchu.ca
Tue Apr 1 09:14:05 EDT 2014
I'd suggest something entirely non-contact, with galvanic or capacitive
If the water is in contact with ground or a live wire it could have a
potential voltage that will adversely affect the Arduino.
Something like this will work with minimal hardware:
On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:49 PM, Justin <justin at slootsky.org> wrote:
> Awesome tips, thanks!
> On March 31, 2014 10:26:25 PM Jaime Yu <jaime.yu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sparkfun has some water level sensors which you could check out.
>> https://www.sparkfun.com/search/results?term=water+level. It looks like
>> their H20hNo! kit does exactly what you suggest so maybe you can gleam some
>> hints from their schematics. The distance between the 'nail sensors' will
>> have to be awfully close in so the voltage potential is enough so it can
>> cross the medium. Water isn't that great of a conductor and will probably
>> require some experimentation to get the distance right (ie: salty water is
>> much more conductive than distilled).
>> Jaime Yu
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>> On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:48 PM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> If that doesn't work, use two nails and a floating conductive ball to
>>> complete the circuit when the water raises.
>>> On Monday, March 31, 2014, Justin <justin at slootsky.org> wrote:
>>>> With spring comes flooding.
>>>> I have a pump, but it doesn't have an auto shutoff, and it shouldn't
>>>> run dry.
>>>> I have a powertail that I can use to turn the pump on and off, so now
>>>> all I need is a water sensor.
>>>> Would this be as simple as two nails in a board with wires attached to
>>>> the nails? Water is conductive, when the water completes the circuit, the
>>>> Arduino notices and turns on the pump.
>>>> Probably two water sensors, with the "on" sensor being above the "off"
>>>> sensor to prevent it from triggering on and off too fast.
>>>> Is anything wrong with my logic? Why won't this work? Do I need more
>>>> than wires to make a water level sensor?
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