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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!
Recently connected my bilge pump alarm to 12v relay, so when the bilge pump (float switch) turns on, the external sensor on my webcam triggers.
Now I get an email whenever the bilge pump turns on. I get an email like this one:
Some short wires and crimped connectors <$10
12v relay from Radio Shack <$10
Total cost: less than $20
(I already have the webcam sending me pictures when it detects motion on the boat. They go for about $50. And it takes about 1.5 amps to drive it and the long range WiFi setup.)
I have a separate, different relay to use when I care more about staying connected to shore power, like in a slip in winter time.
I spent the majority of my worklife in IT and I suddenly feel OLD.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.