Chicken coop door

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Brad Rustan, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Brad Rustan

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    i am trying to automate my chicken coop so if I'm not home the door will open and close on its own. It will be a 12v system. I have a linear actuator to operate the door. It has 2 wires and you reverse the polarity to change direction. I also have 2 timers to send power to the actuator at open and close times. What else do I need to have to wire it and how should I wire the circuit so I don't fry anything? Do I need a DPDT relay? Thanks for the help. I'm new and stumped.
     
  2. Brad Rustan

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    These are the timers I'm going to use
     
  3. Brad Rustan

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    This is the back
     
  4. Alec_t

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    You do need a DPDT relay (or you could build an electronic equivalent).
    Does the actuator have internal limit switches? If not, you would need to get a couple.
    Have you used the on-site search function to find the other threads here related to coop doors?
    Welcome to AAC!
     
  5. Brad Rustan

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  6. Brad Rustan

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    Thanks. I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out. Most of the posts don't really fit my application. I'm hoping this might work.
     
  7. Dodgydave

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    Looks ok,ideally you need end limit switches, what happens when the actuator gets to the end of travel and the power is still applied?
     
  8. Brad Rustan

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    It is supposed to have internal limit switches.
     
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