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Yambor44 02-09-2011 12:28 AM

I think I'm about ready.........
NOT pictured: RIMS Tube, PID, SSR, and heat sink....


I recently built this "RIMS box" to get the hang of using a PID and the RIMS first. I will install the RIMS tube on the stand and the components in the control box.



Thanks to Tiber for the project box!

A HUGE - LARGE - BIG THANK YOU to Paul Muth (P-J) fir all of his help so far!! Here is a parts list he put together! If someone knows how to display it open (without having to use the link) please let me know. I also have it in a Excel spreadsheet.


EDIT: Link not working right see below.

P-J 02-09-2011 03:19 AM

Here is an image of the order list:


Click on it to see an interactive Excel spread sheet where you can enter quantities. You might want to save the sheet to your system (If you want). Use the Tab key to navigate to the cells that can be changed. The Vendors and URLs are clickable to bring you to the items. The sheet is protected to allow ease of navigation. (NO password.)

(That is - IF you have Excel on your system. I think?)


I hope you don't mind that I posted this. Your link didn't work for me.
I'm really pleased this is working out for you & I enjoyed the whole dialog and plan build.


P-J 02-09-2011 02:54 PM

Now for the wiring diagram:

(Click on the image for a full scale diagram. The full scale can be printed on 11" X 17" tabloid paper.)


I think this is going to be an interesting build.


Yambor44 02-11-2011 02:42 PM

Got all the rest of my stuff in yesterday. Getting ready to start on the box but I'm a little leery of cutting into it yet. Couple of questions from those that have been there:

Whats the best way to layout the switches and plugs to be able to measure twice and cut once?

Would a dremel with a cutting wheel be best for cutting the odd shaped plug holes? I plan on a hole saw for the big main power plug and step bit for the switches and sensor quick connects.

Any recommendations or pointers would be most appreciated!

Yambor44 02-16-2011 09:00 PM

Well, I will trudge on ahead then...

Getting this laid out (as simple of a box as it can be) is a little intimidating (to me). Trying to make sure the pids will fit and not hit the sides of the box when opeing and closing, keep everything in order so it plays well with one another, and laying it out so all of the wires are decently accessible is a task. I'm so afraid I will cut a hole and figure a better place for it AFTER thew cut, LOL.
Anyway, here's a couple of pics of the "thinking" process. Trying to keep it simple and minimal for space sake.



Tiber_Brew 02-16-2011 09:29 PM

Lookin good bro! That box looks familiar :mug:

Looks like a great start. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice on cutting that material with a dremel, since I used a cnc mill. Maybe you could ask any local machine shops if they'd cut those out for you for cheap?

Looking forward to seeing the final product!


smears 02-16-2011 09:38 PM

Can I be the first noob to say....what is that??

ScubaSteve 02-16-2011 10:14 PM

A cotton candy machine. :D

samc 02-16-2011 10:29 PM

I like to do the PID, switch, etc. layout in a computer drawing program and then tape that onto the panel. Then I can use a tiny drill bit or punch and set the holes correctly. My first use of a Dremel cutting wheel the other day was fun and although a bit messy it did the job for the PID cut out. Just buy a bunch of extra wheels and you should be ok. I broke my last wheel and had to finish the cut with a 4.5" wheel on my Angle grinder - that was not easy!

ScubaSteve 02-16-2011 11:44 PM

I used the same method. Can't imagine doing it any other way without it turning into an autocad project. Just be sure to leave room for labels and also for other PID's, swithces, etc. in case you want to add stuff.

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