William Grill had a periodic problem with backed-up water in his laundry room. The laundry tub has a shallow drain that is shared with the kitchen plumbing. The drain would regularly get clogged with refuse from kitchen disposal debris or laundry "goop." When the drain clogged, water backed up onto the floor, creating a "rather unpleasant laundry room crises."
Grill considered a water monitor, but he wanted a bit more warning so he could avert flooding. He wanted to know when the drain was getting clogged before "water was all over the place."
He created a sensor that is set for two points - 1 and 5 inches of water in the laundry tub. The sensor sends an alarm before the water crests the tub and splatters all over the floor - all for less than $12 in components.
|1||100 ohm R Single Turn Pot||754-0840|
|1||10K ohm R Single Turn Pot||754-0845|
|1||10K ohm R 1/8W Resistors||296-6224|
|2||680 ohm R 1/4W Metal Film Resistors||296-0039|
|2||470K ohm R 1/8W Carbon Resistors||296-6238|
|1||Power Jack 1.3 mm||932-2202|
|1||Black 2.75 x 4.6 Enclosure||278-0571|
|1||SPST Rt angle Toggle||948-0261|
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