For those of you that use the 16 x 16 x 8 control panel with the average array of components (2 SSRs, contactors, etc), how much would you guess it weights? I've been trying to solve the ever present "where do I mount my panel" question, as I can't attach it to the walls, don't want to attach it to my brew stand, and don't want to build something free-standing.
In the hopes of building something that would allow the panel to be easily accessible when I needed it, but well out of the way when I didn't, I designed my own ceiling mounted jib crane. I've attached a shotty drawing of what I want to build. It will be built out of 2" .120wall tubing and 9/16" bolts at the bushings. Depending on how much the panels might weigh, I will adjust the arm lengths so I'm not maxing out the torque load on the joints. I'm hoping to make the longer arm about 2' and the short arm 18-20".
This should allow me to mount the panel to the ceiling, swing it out of the way when not in use, but then have it with me wherever I need to be within the vicinity of the brewing area.
If I go through with the design I'll post some detailed information on the build.