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Old 02-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #501
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Did a mini mock up of the control panel on a 1/4 inch piece of wood cut to scale of my box. I think this will be what I am going with!

I also mocked up some cutout paper to plan where I am putting my power/probe receptacles

Really glad I did this so now I have a template and am sure the spacing is correct for usability.

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Looks good man I will like to see how the rest of the build progresses. What all are you placing at the bottom? sure looks like alot of things for that tight spot, think it will be hard to wire!
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:35 PM   #502
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Looks good man I will like to see how the rest of the build progresses. What all are you placing at the bottom? sure looks like alot of things for that tight spot, think it will be hard to wire!
Yeah it is a bit tight!

I need to have space for two of those nema flange receptacles (one for eace of my two sides on the panel). Then I have space for 3 probes (3xlr panel mount). The 30 amp 3wire outlets you see in the pic will be there too (HLT and BK). Right now I have put in 3 120v 20amp plugs too. Those would be for at least 2 pumps. I have been toying with the idea of the third and last plug to be power to an HLT stirring motor, but still have not decided.

So lots of stuff! If I have to lose a plug it will be 1 of the 120v. However I am not cutting a thing until I get all the actual hardware in my hand to be sure it doesn't obstruct anything in my layout. Patience patience!


Of course I had to go for a 60amp panel that was redundant (essentially cramming the guts of 2 panels into one). Worse yet, I went for a 16x12x8 box vs. the 16x16x8. But I know it will all fit!
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:56 AM   #503
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A couple more pictures to add. Last weekend I received my ebay heat sink so I cut out the heat sink section on the box and perfect fit! Then I tapped it and the main board where the terminal blocks and contactors will be located.

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Old 02-16-2012, 09:59 PM   #504
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I am considering adding a 3rd PID and was looking at the Auberins SYL-2352P so I could ad ramp functionality. Does anybody have any personal experience with this PID?

I am debating if a ramp-able PID is something I will really need/use in the future. If it is a worth while investment.

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[QUOTE=CidahMastah;2690794]Well originally this all started as just looking for a way to cheaply boil my wort via electric. It seems like, with all the nifty gadgets, it my grow into a much more automated set up. If you are buying the PID you might as well think about the longterm set up, and using it for all aspects of the process. The idea of monitoring the mash is especially appealing.

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Mad some progress. I am ready for paint!

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and some more. Starting to look like something. Did some deburring as well

I also drilled and taped my heat sink, so that is all set for action to. Can't wait to get the the paint, then wiring this week

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looking good Cidah I think you have a lot going on in that small area!!

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looking good Cidah I think you have a lot going on in that small area!!
I measured all the stuff out, then checked clearances with measure, then with actual parts in place and looks like I will have plenty of space. The space will require me to keep things neatly wired, but that is part of the beauty of the electrical rigs. Nice neat and secured wiring! If I went with the larger box I think it would have been too much space. I like the current layout I have because it isn't over crowded, but uses up the space on the panel.

Can't wait to settle up the painting and then to get the hardware in place for wiring. Still waiting on my switches from china though.... suckers. now they are past due and it would really suck to have them refund me with no switches in hand. Hopefully they come in this week right after I get the painting done.

the cool part about the receptacles is that with the current set up I will have the ability to have 3 120 outlets. 2 are spoken for with pumps with one unclaimed. This will either be for a third pump down the road, a ventilation hood fan or a mechanical stirrer for the HLT when I complete my eherms.
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