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    Water leak detection

    What are you guys doing for water leak detection? I have a need to implement something using a ds10a or similar. My outside Koi pond didn't fare well this last winter (worst winter we have had here in 20 years) lost my filter system and a 7 year old koi...

    So i built my koi a pond inside the house, a 1,000 gallon pond. I have the filters setting in water heater drip pans, but with a pump that can pump 2500 gallons an hour, I want an automated way to shut the pump down if any water appears where it doesn't belong. I would really be an unhappy camper to come home to find 1,000 gallons of water in my house

    Ideas? Suggestions? Solutions?

    Thanks

    Jack
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    Jack,
    I use the DS10A's along with the Hobby-Boards Leaf Wetness Sensors. Attached is a pic of the install. They work really well. So well in fact that just a week or so back I was alerted to a leak and when I got home it was a bottle of shampoo that had been knocked over.
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      #3
      Thanks Rupp!

      That is a great idea!. I just ordered 5 and can place them in strategic locations, not that I don't trust my plumbing skills, but 1000 gallons of water could do some damage

      Thanks again for the brilliant solution!

      Jack
      Over The Hill
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      Virtualized Server 2k3 Ent X86 Guest on VMWare ESXi 4.1 with 3 SunRay thin clients as access points - HSPro 2.4.0.48 - ZTroller - ACRF2 (3 WGL 800's) - iAutomate RFID - Ledam - MLHSPlugin - Ultra1wire - RainRelay8 - TI103 - Ultramon - WAF-AB8SS - jvESS (11 zones) - Bitwise Controls BC4 - with 745 Total Devices - 550 Events - 104 scripts - 78 ZWave devices - 42 X10 devices - 76 DS10a's 3 RFXSenors and 32 Motion Sensors

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        #4
        Rupp, Thanks again for the tip on the leaf moisture sensors, they work great and have really good sensitivity
        Over The Hill
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        Virtualized Server 2k3 Ent X86 Guest on VMWare ESXi 4.1 with 3 SunRay thin clients as access points - HSPro 2.4.0.48 - ZTroller - ACRF2 (3 WGL 800's) - iAutomate RFID - Ledam - MLHSPlugin - Ultra1wire - RainRelay8 - TI103 - Ultramon - WAF-AB8SS - jvESS (11 zones) - Bitwise Controls BC4 - with 745 Total Devices - 550 Events - 104 scripts - 78 ZWave devices - 42 X10 devices - 76 DS10a's 3 RFXSenors and 32 Motion Sensors

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          #5
          You're welcome. This is a really nice, simple, and inexpensive way to do leak detection.
          -Rupp
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            #6
            I want to add my thanks also. I picked up one of these moisture sensors and it's a great addition to the HS bag o' tricks. And it was so cheap. Rupp, you are a font of HA knowledge

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              #7
              Originally posted by RegForte View Post
              I want to add my thanks also. I picked up one of these moisture sensors and it's a great addition to the HS bag o' tricks. And it was so cheap. Rupp, you are a font of HA knowledge
              I wouldn't go that far. I just reiterate information I learned here on the board.
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                #8
                I just recieved the leaf sensors today, they sure are awfuly small for the price 1" x 1".
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Rotech View Post
                  I just recieved the leaf sensors today, they sure are awfuly small for the price 1" x 1".
                  That's the beauty, they are small and very sensitive which makes them easy to place under toilets and sinks and such.
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                    #10
                    You can certainly make your own product, but Hobby Boards already figured out the best scenario for coatings vs sensitivity. If you need more coverage just wire them in parallel.
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                      #11
                      They'll only corrode if they are in a "high" leak area. Most of them shouldn't corrode in areas like under sinks.
                      -Rupp
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                        #12
                        Here ya go (I hope I am not infringing any copyrights.) I have made plenty of pcb's in my many years of being in electronics, but consider this to be a double sided board, gold plated contacts. I don't think HobbyBoards is getting rich @ $4 a board
                        Attached Files
                        Over The Hill
                        What Hill?
                        Where?
                        When?
                        I Don't Remember Any Hill

                        Virtualized Server 2k3 Ent X86 Guest on VMWare ESXi 4.1 with 3 SunRay thin clients as access points - HSPro 2.4.0.48 - ZTroller - ACRF2 (3 WGL 800's) - iAutomate RFID - Ledam - MLHSPlugin - Ultra1wire - RainRelay8 - TI103 - Ultramon - WAF-AB8SS - jvESS (11 zones) - Bitwise Controls BC4 - with 745 Total Devices - 550 Events - 104 scripts - 78 ZWave devices - 42 X10 devices - 76 DS10a's 3 RFXSenors and 32 Motion Sensors

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Rupp View Post
                          Jack,
                          I use the DS10A's along with the Hobby-Boards Leaf Wetness Sensors. Attached is a pic of the install. They work really well. So well in fact that just a week or so back I was alerted to a leak and when I got home it was a bottle of shampoo that had been knocked over.

                          I've looked around on the site and others and can't find an answer. Was looking to implement your leak detector for detecting a sump pump failure. I currently have no X10 components.

                          What is required to interface the DS10a to pc running Homeseer, is a security panel required or is an x10 RF receiver(ex RFXCOM) all that is necessary?

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                            #14
                            Either the RFXcom unit or a w800
                            Over The Hill
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                            Where?
                            When?
                            I Don't Remember Any Hill

                            Virtualized Server 2k3 Ent X86 Guest on VMWare ESXi 4.1 with 3 SunRay thin clients as access points - HSPro 2.4.0.48 - ZTroller - ACRF2 (3 WGL 800's) - iAutomate RFID - Ledam - MLHSPlugin - Ultra1wire - RainRelay8 - TI103 - Ultramon - WAF-AB8SS - jvESS (11 zones) - Bitwise Controls BC4 - with 745 Total Devices - 550 Events - 104 scripts - 78 ZWave devices - 42 X10 devices - 76 DS10a's 3 RFXSenors and 32 Motion Sensors

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                              #15
                              DS10A water detection

                              I just received my first DS10A unit and am looking to implement the leak detector like Rupp mentioned using the leaf wetness sensor from Hobby Boards. I have the DS10A setup in the RFXCOM plugin. When the contacts are closed the status is normal when they are open the status is alert.
                              I have not received the boards from Hobby Boards yet but would the contacts on the DS10A need to work reverse for alert to indicate a leak and normal to indicate no leak?

                              Thanks
                              Tom2257

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