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Old 04/07/2021, 05:10 PM   #1
wilsonreefs
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DIY magnetic stirrers

I posted earlier that I was in the process of making a DIY magnetic stirrer. I've got it finished and here are the pictures I took along the way, with a few comments. I've got to say it works perfectly.

here you go....


This is the fan motor taken out of the exhaust fan, bottom side



Same picture but the top side of fan.



This shows the original kalkwasser (stirrer) I started with.



This elbow has to be cut off because it isn't used anymore and it's just in the way of the magnetic stirrer.





This image shows the polycarbonate I used as the "holder" of the motor assembly.



After making the box out of plywood and putting it together this picture shows the motor assembly in the box.



I measured, and found the center of the old kalk stirrer. NOTE: it is better to have the motor and the magnets as close to concentric as possible. It will make for a smoother operation.



A picture of the completed unit.. You'll see the two red objects, they are plugs. The PVC fittings that the original kalk stirrer was plumbed with are metric fittings. I couldn't find but in one place. I ordered them and when they arrived they were too big, so I made my own.



Completed with the stirrer half full of water and running. Light at the end of the tunnel!!



This shows the stirrer with a little kalk powder in it. Works really well.
For some reason I did not show any pictures of the magnets glued onto the fan base. If anyone wants pictures of that, or where and what kind of magnets I used I will be more than glad to get that for you. My son was remodeling his bathroom and wanted a new exhaust fan with a light. He was going to throw the old one away, so that came pretty cheap.
Anyway enjoy. I hope I have these in somewhat of a decent order.
Let me know what you guys think.


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Old 04/13/2021, 09:27 AM   #2
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no thoughts from anyone?


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Old 04/13/2021, 01:04 PM   #3
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thatís brilliant mate, nicely done !


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Old 04/13/2021, 01:07 PM   #4
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would like to see the magnets on the fan if you have those pics, onky thing missing


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Old 04/15/2021, 05:59 PM   #5
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I'll take some pics this weekend, or maybe even tomorrow (Friday). I really don't understand why I left those out. At any rate I'll get those pics posted.


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Old 04/23/2021, 04:26 PM   #6
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Sorry for the delay...
Here you go



I used the neodymium magnets that were 1/8" thick by 3/4" x 3/4". I used two magnets on each end and glued them on with a two part epoxy. Try to make the magnets spread equal to the length of the spinner. I used the 1" spinner.


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Old 04/24/2021, 12:38 AM   #7
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good stuff , thanks for the info mate


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Old 05/10/2021, 07:30 AM   #8
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Nicely done!


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Old 05/12/2021, 05:03 PM   #9
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Thanks guys...


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