Re: Joe Cool (Was: RE: [DML] Fanzilla - Breaker bypass modification ques
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Re: Joe Cool (Was: RE: [DML] Fanzilla - Breaker bypass modification question)


Rob Grady of Pj Grady (, sells a replacement fan 
unit that is very similar to the orgional Fanzilla.  He is also the 
man who marketed the orgional Zilla line of products.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Joseph Kuchan" <josephkuchan@...> 
> Luke and list:
> Bypassing the breaker is a safe and logical thing to do as long as 
> replace the circuit protection provided by the breaker.
> When I first developed the "Joe Cool" fan controller the first two 
units I 
> made used the breaker. After those units I changed the design to 
bypass the 
> breaker entirely. The benefits of this include no possibility of 
> breaker opening at an inconvenient time thereby disabling both 
> temporarily. It also eliminates a few "ohmic" connections at the 
> sockets which reduces the possibility of poor connections there.
> The no longer available Fanzilla and the currently available "Joe 
> units have internal fuses for the fans, so going without the 
breaker is 
> safe. Additional info on the Joe Cool is available in the "Joe 
Cool" foilder 
> in the files section of the DML, or by contactnig me via email.
> -Joe Kuchan josephkuchan(AT)
> >I've read in the archives that newer Fanzilla units bypass the 
> >entirely.  I've been looking at mine, and figure this can easily 
be done by
> >moving the large orange wire from the fan-fail socket plug over 
to the hot
> >side of the fan relay plug.  Has anyone done this themselves?  I 
know you
> >can just rig a jumper across the breaker, but I'd prefer to 
bypass all the
> >superflous wiring.
> >
> >This segues into my 2nd question: according my the manual / 
wiring diagram,
> >the 12v feed for the fans should be switched, but seems to be hot 
all the
> >time.  Is this par for the course, or am I probing the wrong 

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