reading it to see how things work out - hope they do for you
I hope they do too, and soon
working on all the wires in the garage, so I can control everything, plus working on the positioning project for the door too.
I noticed your choice of breadboard; good choice. I have one of these and it has lasted me almost 20 years now. However, in the future (near future, if you are doing a lot of playing) I would suggest spending the money to get the "larger" breadboard that has something like 3-4 of these smaller boards, plus power bus strips along the top with power binding posts, all mounted to a metal plate. Having the larger area to work on is a treat, and well worth the money spent. You could, of course, build your own version of this from the smaller boards if you need something larger (but expect to pay a bit more).
Yes, wanted that too, but this was the biggest they had where I ordered a bunch of other parts, and didn't want to pay shipping for just one board (shipping would almost be the same as the board itself)
Also - you will likely find that the relays, while sized 0.1 inch to fit the PCB board you have, probably won't make contact with the breadboard's pins; the relay leads/pins may be too short. Even if they are long enough, they may be only "just so long" - so you put them on the breadboard, and it looks like it is working OK, then it stops because you nudged one or something. IE - it can lead to headaches trying to determine what is an intermittent fault due to the contacts barely touching each other.
So - do yourself a favor and when you get to that point, solder the relays (and shunt diodes) to the PCB, and run temporary connecting wires back to the breadboard for testing.
Yep, already thought of that. That is the smallest problems too
Also got the right caps for the filtering this time.
Next problem will be to place it all correct on the board after all testing is done, and make it look good and all.
Currently trying ExpressPCB but can't find the right parts in it. Also going to make a version after this (close to 100% sure). One that will have the ATMega 328 in a socket on a homemade print. So it will be a more professional (i hope) looking product. Plus then make a socket for the wiShield to fit in, so it can be reused for it, and maybe later projects.