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UnaClocker


Wait, you haven't seen phi_prompt?

Yup, I'm aware of that library, and yeah, I do plan to use it, never said I was going to do my menus from scratch. Just haven't gotten to them yet.
Brian from Tacoma, WA
Arduino evangelist - since Dec, 2010.

UnaClocker

4 months with the Arduino controlled dishwasher. Still works like a champ. :) There were quite a few people concerned about the energy consumption.. Seems to be quite good, my power bills have been great ever since implementing my own controls. I suspect the original controller used the heating element on the bottom of the dishwasher to dry the dishes. I don't, and that'd save a ton of electricity, I imagine.
I had trouble with the clock drifting initially, but after about a month, it settled into it's stride, for some reason. It now keeps pretty good time, losing less than a minute in a month, it seems. It was about a minute a day initially.
I still need to get back into the sketch and add more functionality, but it does what my wife and I need it to do, and it just works. So I haven't been very motivated to mess with it.. ;)
I feel like an uber geek when we have guests over and I insist they check out my dishwasher.. hahaha.. That's a nice bonus.. The average person can't tell that the dishwasher didn't just look like this from the factory, which is a total win, in my book. :)
Brian from Tacoma, WA
Arduino evangelist - since Dec, 2010.

draythomp

Congratulations !!  I never suspected you would have any trouble except for making it look good.  You showed me!!  Really nice job.

Isn't it fun to do something like this and have it just work day after day like it should have been from the very start.  Let's hear it for doing it ourselves.
Trying to keep my house under control http://www.desert-home.com/

luckyind

I'm doing something like this but I'm using a sprinkler system controller so I can put in more water zones, I will be modifying the machine to work with a pump that is 350 gallons per min. so it will work more like a commercial dishwasher using max heat, max pressure, and all is done in 10 to 15 min.  I will post photos soon.

UnaClocker

That sounds really cool. Post a link when you get that working! :)
Brian from Tacoma, WA
Arduino evangelist - since Dec, 2010.

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