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Strongbad52 11-10-2012 12:42 PM

Do you really need a NEMA enclosure?
Hey guys, I was just wondering, do we really need a waterproof box rated for outdoor use when we are just going to punch holes and cut into these. I ask because my brother works in the surgical repair business and has access to large aluminum boxes called genesis boxes.

Strongbad52 11-10-2012 12:43 PM

The only thing I really worry about is finding a large enough flat area to put the heatsink on.

lschiavo 11-10-2012 02:00 PM

I just used what I could find free. I have them mounted on the wall well away from any water hazzard.
I guess it depends on where the panel will be located.

Rickochet 11-10-2012 02:39 PM

The NEMA enclosures are typically used due to their availability. It is not a requirement and many different types of boxes are used for this application. Since we are not doing this for commercial purposes, it is your choice. Please keep safety in mind with your selection.

Strongbad52 11-10-2012 03:26 PM

It'll be mounted on a wall away from the stand. I gained a healthy respect for electricity from 10 years of remodeling my dads house when I was a kid. I am lucky enough to have a father in law who was an electrician so I will be paying him in beer to help me run all the electrical in the basement/brewhouse.

Strongbad52 11-10-2012 03:28 PM

I guess if I go with kal kit it comes with the enclosure, but thanks for the replies. Any help is appreciated.

mavrick1903 11-10-2012 08:21 PM

I gutted and refaced an old IBM computer tower. Works great. Use what you can. Build a band equipment box, what ever. Just be sure to include provisions for heat to escape from the SSR.

tator2k 11-12-2012 02:36 PM

I also used an old computer case and sealed all the seams.

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