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Old 03-25-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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Powered vent cover

We recently purchased a Denali 325RL and it has the rounded roof. My wife could not reach the vent handle and I had to stand on my toes to do so. So I designed this powered vent cover system. If we press and hold the up button the vent will open half-way and the fan will come on. Press and holding the down button will bring the vent back down and kill the motor. And in case of rain, we can position it anywhere in between.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:20 PM   #2
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Excellent,
If you would post a materials list and how you did that would also be Excellent.

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I used this motor that I got off Ebay: 12V DC 60RPM High Torque Gear Box Electric Mini Motor | eBay

I had the switch which is a DPDT momentary contact. This can be ordered from numerous sources.

And I got the two limit switches from Radio Shack.
I cut the original handle and used only the part that slides onto the vent actuator. I drilled a hole through the part that the screw was inserted in and through the motor shaft and used a finishing nail as a connecting pin.
And the conduit from Lowes or HD.

I used bailing wire connected to the metal part of the vent to actuate the 'UP' limit switch and part of a hose clamp to actuate the 'DOWN' limit switch.

And here is the schematic
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I used this motor that I got off Ebay: 12V DC 60RPM High Torque Gear Box Electric Mini Motor | eBay

I had the switch which is a DPDT momentary contact. This can be ordered from numerous sources.

And I got the two limit switches from Radio Shack.
I cut the original handle and used only the part that slides onto the vent actuator. I drilled a hole through the part that the screw was inserted in and through the motor shaft and used a finishing nail as a connecting pin.
And the conduit from Lowes or HD.

And here is the schematic
Thanks, Well done. I especially like the part about using a finishing nail though.

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Now that's handy.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:08 PM   #6
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Something I don't really need but the "coolness factor" is definitely there. Makes me want to do something like this too.
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I am a 'techie' guy but when I use technology to solve real world problems, such as not being able to reach the vent handle, it makes it extra special.
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