Best option for waterproofing lots of ds18b20 sensors

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Crispin

Joined Jul 4, 2011
94
Hi folks,

For no other reason than Because-I-want-to I want to measure the pool's temperature along it's depth.

To do this I thought of taking a 1.5m length of conduit, cutting it along it's length and drilling holes 15mm apart.
Into these holes, from the inside of the cut tube, I will put a ds18b20, bend the legs 90 degrees, and solder them onto the next one - in effect, lots of ds18b20 connected together.

What I now have is lots of ds18b20 with their bodies in contact with the water. I was going to backfill the now-open side of the tube with something like potting compound or silicone (won't work I think as it's too viscous and won't flow around / in between the legs). Potting compound seems quite expensive if bought of ebay. Volume I would need is roughly 190cm^3.


Is there something else which can be used and is a) happy to stay submersed b) does not cost a too much c) viscous enough to fill voids between legs of the sensors?


Thanks
 

Yaakov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Silicone bathtub caulk is surprisingly low viscosity. Buy a little tube and test.

Alternatively there is this:

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Which is quite good if a little messy to work with. Testing would be in order.
 

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Crispin

Joined Jul 4, 2011
94
being in the UK Lexel costs around$75 to ship here :D

thanks for the suggestions. I had not thought of hotglue. Checking it seems the melt-point is 80-200C depending on options so if I used a low temp one I should be good. Seems the ds18b20 is good to 260C in in reflow (if I am reading that right.)

Epoxy is another good option - I will look into that.

Thanks again
 

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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Use Acrylic Casting Resin. It has a syrup-like viscosity and good flow. It’s used to make decorations from embedded objects in a clear epoxy material. Plus, it’s sold in bulk, which you’re going to need.

Something like this.
 

MisterBill2

Joined Jan 23, 2018
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Hot glue, Epoxy, Acryl sealing compound..
NOT HOT GLUE!! It is water resistant short term but it seems to absorb water long term.
And now for a question about those sensor connections: Are you planning one common and then a separate wire from each sensor? Yourdescription was not very clear about that part. And I suggest a plastic tube instead of metal conduit so that you can see what you are doing inside the tube.
 

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Crispin

Joined Jul 4, 2011
94
Thanks. I will look for the acrylic resin option too.
@MisterBill2 -
the ds18 are one-wire and you just connect them in parallel. To get the temps you query by index or address. Ultimately, all I have coming out of my tube is 3 wires. 3.3, gnd and data. I've got a 4 "element" option at the moment which dangles in the pool and works well. For fun, I want more resolution over the depth. 4 was quite interesting in seeing the layers of temperatures.

Sorry - was not clear - pvc conduit. The holes drilled will be through the "low" part of the now-half cut pvc conduit, flush inside the tube and then soldered / filled with resin / other.
 
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