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Old 11-11-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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I was able to mount PID and switches. Now I'm looking to put in three receptacles. I think I'd need to drill a 1.6" hole to fit these receptacles. Not sure how to do that. I used a step bit for the switches. Any suggestions? Is there another type of receptacle that would better suit mounting in the back of my enclosure?

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Considering the 1 1/8" unibit and a file.

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Yeah, that's not working out so easily.

Anyone?

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Old 11-12-2010, 01:21 AM   #4
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How about a square hole with a cover plate?

Cut a hole the size of a standard single gang box and use a standard outlet cover.

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I would walk in to Home Depot or Lowes, get a receptacle from the electrical section and walk over to the tools and try hole saws until one fits.

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Dont know if this may help but I used a 1-3/8 step bit (the same needed to pierce a keg for an element) and it worked perfectly. Although my enclosure is plastic, I dont see why it wouldn't work out for you. I also did the same for my 30amp 3prong recepticles and simply used a dremel to make the opening larger.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've gotten one done with a grinding wheel and should be able to do the others with a hole saw.

Thanks again, guys.

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How about a square hole with a cover plate?

Cut a hole the size of a standard single gang box and use a standard outlet cover.

Ed

Kinda like:
Ed, you have a gorgeous control panel. And this is the BACKSIDE of the panel! I saw pictures of the inside and front in your build thread and they are just as nice. You have made an example by which the rest of us will be judged.
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Ed, you have a gorgeous control panel. And this is the BACKSIDE of the panel! I saw pictures of the inside and front in your build thread and they are just as nice. You have made an example by which the rest of us will be judged.
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Ed, you have a gorgeous control panel. And this is the BACKSIDE of the panel! I saw pictures of the inside and front in your build thread and they are just as nice. You have made an example by which the rest of us will be judged.
The backside is the best part
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