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Old 06-13-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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It occurred to me today as I was looking at power cords. Why not use a strain relief to attach the power feed directly to the control panel? They cost ~$3 vs ~40 for a twist lock male + female.

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Old 06-13-2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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One reason is that it makes element removal more of a hassle.

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Funny... I was just thinking the same thing, but I was going to use pig tails along with the strain relief.

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One reason is that it makes element removal more of a hassle.
I was thinking of the power to the panel, not the elements. I'll still leave the elements on cords.
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Is that the right size for 3/4 od wire?

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I use strain relief on the power to the panel.

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I went receptacle for ease of transport/removal of panel. In my first control panel it was attached, and having to lug that big thick cord around attached to the panel was a pain for me; unwieldy, would knock things over, more difficult to store the panel away, etc. That is why I do not have mine permanently attached any longer (and I got my twist locks for $18 for the male/female).

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Is that the right size for 3/4 od wire?
Not sure, I just picked a random picture from amazon...
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That's what I did but I'm using a very small Auberins enclosure. I just put two 12" pigtails on the back with two twist lock connectors, one for the power cord and one for the heater. I didn't even opt for the fancy strain reliefs, I just used the EMT ones that have two screws for the clamp.

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