Author Archives: Kevin Hunter

Snap Action Base Output Circuit

Most of our clients are looking for complete plug-and-play systems. Some of you are tinkerers who are looking to integrate some of our products with their own home-brewed circuits. This is the circuit for the coil driving output of our Snap Action Base, along with some implementation notes for home-brew assembly. This is for those of you […]

Interface Base

Our Interface Base will connect up to 8 Touch Toggles to a terminal output. The Base has a 5v barrel connector or terminal connections to power the Toggles. The output is a 5v open connector to ground used by many DCC boards,  micro-controller boards, or Raspberry Pi type computers, for manual inputs. Momentary and Toggle […]

Setting up and Adjusting Servos

Assembling a Servo Base System We recommend you practice working with servos by setting up a servo system of loose parts on a workbench or kitchen table. This lets you see every part of the system at once and offers a clear understanding of how things work together. This is usually much easier than starting […]

DC Power Extensions

Each of our Bases have a barrel type power input jack. Each of our power supplies has a matching 5.5mm OD – 2.1mm ID – Center positive connector. We offer extensions and Y-cables to create extended plug-together power connections. Our Y cable lets you break out power to two rows of bases. This cable lets […]

Servo Motors and How To Use Them

The “Servo Motor” is an assembly with a small electric motor, gears to rotate a shaft left and right, and an electronic circuit which moves the shaft to the precise angle it’s told to by an electronic signal. All that is built into a small plastic box. These are at the heart of the Radio-Control […]

Using Touch Toggles with Microcontrollers

Note: Before going on with this page you may want to read Using Touch Toggles with your own electronics Tam Valley Depot Products It happens that Tam Valley Depot fascia control inputs need a momentary contact switch to ground. This design is provided in our Touch Trigger controls. Now you can have touch controls that directly operate your […]

Mounting Touch Toggles

Touch Toggles work by sensing changes in capacitance, something that can be measured right through glass, plastic, or paper. The water in your body is a pretty good capacitor, which is why it senses your finger. It doesn’t matter if you are pressing down on the surface, other than that the surface may flatten out […]

About Power for Touch Toggles

Our 12 volt bases (Direct Bases, Relay Base, and Snap Action Base) can all be powered with 12v to 18v filtered DC*. Our 5 volt bases (Servo Base and Translator Base) need to be powered by regulated 5v DC*.  ( * For a full description of the types of power see The Basics of Older Power […]

About Our Plastics

All of Berrett Hill’s plastic components are made from our own custom designs on a 3D printer. Each piece is built up from tiny threads of plastic squirted from a heated nozzle in a robotic moving head adding layers to build up the part. A filament of PLA plastic is fed in precisely to put […]

Setting Up Servo Operation

Our Servo Base will control up to eight radio-control style servo motors, moving from one set position to a second position at a predetermined speed. The positions and speed are easily adjusted using a Setup Remote tool. The Servo Base, Touch Toggles, and servo motors should be connected before beginning adjustments.   The Servo Centering Button The yellow button […]