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  1. Attach aluminum strut channels to the sontek sensor using strut channel nuts, washers, and 3/8" bolts Strut channels are not necessary for deployment if you do not need extra stability in deployment. Feed the conduit over the sontek connection cable to protect it when in the river.  It will not make a physical connection to the sensor
    • Attach aluminum strut channels to the sontek sensor using strut channel nuts, washers, and 3/8" bolts

    • Strut channels are not necessary for deployment if you do not need extra stability in deployment.

    • Feed the conduit over the sontek connection cable to protect it when in the river. It will not make a physical connection to the sensor

    • Screw the water tight sontek connection cable into the connection port.

    • Screw the other end of the conduit into the base of the node box with the excess sontek wire pulled through.

  2. Wrap the Sontek connection wire around the outside of the stand-offs. Insert the battery into the node box in the center. Connect the battery to the board and confirm that the sensor begins transmitting data to grafana.
    • Wrap the Sontek connection wire around the outside of the stand-offs.

    • Insert the battery into the node box in the center.

    • Connect the battery to the board and confirm that the sensor begins transmitting data to grafana.

    • The sensor starts as a "depth sensor" so only the battery voltage will be sent. It will take >10 minutes before proper measurements are taken and sent.

    • Place the board into the node box and secure it to the standoffs using screws. (Does not have to connect to all 4 standoffs)

  3. Place the Steel strut channel in the stream bed so that it is next to where the sensor will be placed and the open side of the channel faces the sensor position. Remove rocks from the area if the bed is rocky. Use the post pounder to push the steel strut channel into the river bed 2 feet.
    • Place the Steel strut channel in the stream bed so that it is next to where the sensor will be placed and the open side of the channel faces the sensor position.

    • Remove rocks from the area if the bed is rocky.

    • Use the post pounder to push the steel strut channel into the river bed 2 feet.

    • Can mark 2 feet on the steel channel before pounding into the ground to know when it is deep enough.

  4. Using the strut channel connector, attach the aluminum channel with the node cantilever to the steel strut channel with the 1/2" bolts, washers, and sprung screw nuts.
    • Using the strut channel connector, attach the aluminum channel with the node cantilever to the steel strut channel with the 1/2" bolts, washers, and sprung screw nuts.

    • Fasten using the impact driver with the 1/2" socket adaptor or a wrench.

    • 2 bolts should fasten to the aluminum strut channel, and 2 bolts should fasten to the steel strut channel.

  5. Secure the node box to the strut channel with two 5/16" bolts and strut channel nuts. Fasten with a 5/16" wrench. Ensure that the node box is perpendicular to the strut channel after tightening.
    • Secure the node box to the strut channel with two 5/16" bolts and strut channel nuts.

    • Fasten with a 5/16" wrench.

    • Ensure that the node box is perpendicular to the strut channel after tightening.

  6. Place the Sontek IQ sensor in the water facing the direction of flow. There is an arrow on the sensor itself showing which way water should flow.
    • Place the Sontek IQ sensor in the water facing the direction of flow.

    • There is an arrow on the sensor itself showing which way water should flow.

    • Secure the sensor to the steel strut with 1/2" bolts, washers, and strut nuts. Fasten with a 1/2" wrench.

    • The sensor can also be secured to the steel strut channel using only the L bracket and offset on the sensor instead of the aluminum strut channel

  7. Ensure the conduit connected the node box and sensor has no kinks and is secure. The conduit can be secured by placing it under the strut channel dependent on stream bed properties.
    • Ensure the conduit connected the node box and sensor has no kinks and is secure.

    • The conduit can be secured by placing it under the strut channel dependent on stream bed properties.

    • Remove settled dirt from the sensor as it will impact measurements.

    • Attach a lock to the node box.

Abschluss

You’re done! The Sontek IQ sensor should now be reporting on grafana!

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