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Old 03-16-2012, 05:16 AM   #11
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This Carlson junction box from Home Depot is the perfect size for my purpose. Very roomy! Cuts and drills like butter.
Got the control panel front layout done and ready.



Pilot holes drilled.



Drilling holes.



Test fitting.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:26 AM   #12
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Getting layout lines for the PID access.



Lines ready and 1st 3/8" hole drilled.
(Not shown) I continued around the inside of the boundary with the drill until I had completed a circuit. Finished with razor knife and file.



The plastic injection point made a perfect spot of the alarm on/off switch. Needed a little flattening on the back side.



How about that?


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Old 03-16-2012, 05:33 AM   #13
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I spaced the components out as best I could so I can get to them while wiring. There looks to be room for expansion some day.
The front of the control panel doesn't look like much yet but I am going to make some vinyl decals to spruce it up a bit.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:39 AM   #14
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A few gadgets.



Checking prospective positions. I changed my mind from the original plugs and outlets I had. I went with twist locks instead because of the placement of the outlets.



Sizing the outlets.



Wow that went quick.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:44 AM   #15
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Finally found a use for that Masscool fan I bought a few years ago. I will power it with an old 12v wallwart. The SSR isn't permanently mounted yet, I will add some Arctic Silver I had left over from a computer build when I do the final install.



Mounting the fan to the heatsink.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:42 AM   #16
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Looking great. Nice work.

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Old 03-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
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Where did you get that box?

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #18
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Great build!

What is a slug buster and where can I get one? It looks like it easily went through stainless.

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Where did you get that box?
Thanks guys. I am surprised how fast this goes once you get going. Remember, plan, plan, plan, then cut and drill.


The box came from Home Depot, Carlon 12 in. x 12in. x 6 in. Junction Box, $33.60. The photo and the title are wrong on the website. The price and the description/specifications are correct. When using a high speed tools the plastic tends to melt so keep that in mind when cutting and drilling this box. If you have a hole that isn't quite the right diameter you can use a razor knife or a dowel wrapped with sandpaper to enlarge it just a bit. You can use a Dremel with a mandrel but only on lower RPMs.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #20
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Great build!

What is a slug buster and where can I get one? It looks like it easily went through stainless.
A slug buster is also known as a knockout punch. I got the set from Harbor Freight. It is a cheap set but I understood what I was getting into when I bought it. What I mean is my Bayou Classic kettle is thin so I figured if this set lasts for the 4 holes I need it for it would be worth it. I wasn't going to pay $100.00 for two Greenlee punches that I might never use again. At least with the set, if they last, you have four different sizes for $25.00. The 3/4" knockout is already showing signs of fatigue with 3 holes cut. These work best if your starter hole is just slightly larger than the bolt. That way the cutter is precisely centered in the hole (Very Important). I wouldn't use this punch set on anything thicker than this thin kettle because they just wont hold up. A step drill will work but you have to have a good grip on the drill and your kettle held sturdy.
Nonetheless, the punch did cut through the thin stainless with relative ease so I can recommend it for just this purpose. It might leave a bit of a burr but is easily ground off with a Dremel or any such grinder.


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