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Old 03-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #11
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awesome, great info! I guess I'll be making some trips to HD and Radio Shack this wknd. Stay Tuned I'm sure I'll have more questions . Still have to full assemble the RIMS tube and figure out how to pot and ground the element.

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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Another tip....

I bought switches similar to the ones you have in your picture. Little rectangular switches.

Worst mistake I ever made.

My enclosure is 14 gauge steel, and cutting those little rectangles was a real PITA.

Switches that install through round holes would have been a much better solution for me, because drilling a hole in the steel was easy. Cutting rectangles was not.

If your enclosure is plastic, then the rectangles will be a hell of a lot easier that it was for me.

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:30 AM   #13
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plastic case, but circles would still be easier, noted. I don't care if it looks like a million bucks but I don't want it to look like ****. I'll have to balance the two with my budget

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Got an outlet and some round spst toggle switches but I was overwhelmed by the choice of wire. I saw some 14-2 which looked like I could remove the outer sleeve and have individual wires for the inside, is this the kind of stuff you guys are using? Also I'm unsure what to do about power in, are there male outlets available or should I just hardwire it?

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I am pretty much doing the same thing for my RIMS setup. I ended up buying a Husky "Tool Replacement Cord" that I am using for my main power in. I also bought another one for using on the RIMS tube. The cord was 9ft long and I cut the one for the RIMS in half and ended up pulling the outer sleeve off to use those wires for the inside of the box. I went with a 6"x6"x6" plastic enclosure box from Home Depot along with the small toggle switches with round holes. Looks like everything will fit fine, just need to finish cutting holes and get it painted and wired up. I'll post pictures when I finish next weekend (getting underway on a ship for a week).

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Good stuff! So did you hard wire the cord into the box or did you find a male outlet at HD? Do you know what the gauge of the cord is that you purchased?

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Good stuff! So did you hard wire the cord into the box or did you find a male outlet at HD? Do you know what the gauge of the cord is that you purchased?
I hard wired it in through a 1/2" 90 degree gang box elbow. I am planning on using heat shrink to seal it up and make it look nice and on the inside of the box there is a ziptie/mounting base. The wire itself is 14 gauge. It was 9 bucks so I couldn't pass it up. It would have cost more to manufacture one out of 14/3 and a male plug.
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Agreed, I'll look out for one. I'm somewhat hesitant about hard wiring it in, I'd rather hardwire the RIMS and pump really but oh well. I'm trying not to ship anything else if I don't have to.

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So I'm wiring this bad boy up this weekend and I have a few more questions...My outlets for power out are not round, they are typical household outlets (well 1 double outlet). And my box is just a tad to small to install the cover. Tips? I'm thinking of just drilling round holes and using some sort of rubber as a gasket.


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Two things I can think of.

1. Return that stuff an get the rectangular receptacles. No plate needed.

2. Return the plates and get narrow ones. These are found in homedepot/lowes with the conduit and other "industrial" stuff and not with the pretty stuff meant for inside a house.

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