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TomSD 09-14-2010 04:51 AM

Another TSS2 controller box build
 
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I wanted something I could move around and even let people borrow if needed. I also required an unswitched outlet so I could run a fan/blower or other device if needed.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../Finished3.JPG
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...shedBottom.JPG

Here is how I did it...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...rtsIsParts.JPG

I attached a parts list but if you don't do electrical stuff you will also need some loose wire and wire caps to wire everything together.

Pretty easy setup with a couple caveats...

1) When you trim the cover plate trim it all from one side. Space is tight and you will only be able to use one clip to secure the Love controller. This means you need all your space to be on one side. A Dremel is the easiest way to trim up the cover and it doesn't really need to be cleaned up as it is all behind the controller once everything is installed.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/TrimJob.JPG
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/CloseFit.JPG

2) Space is so close you'll need to trim the catch release off the clip before assembling or it will just release and loosen up. I didn't snap a pic of it but what needs to come off is pretty obvious and easy to take care of with a Dremel.

3) Wiring it up is all basic stuff but getting the box closed is a real PITA. There is a lot of wiring and space is tight. This is made worse by the controller being deep so there can't be much packed in behind it. Oh and the controller is attached to the cover plate so the controller has to go in last and you can't jockey the wires very much while it is going in. Really not bad though as long as you fold everything in and pre fold the wiring behind the controller so it falls into place as you push the controller in.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...eSpaghetti.JPG

Here is the wiring diagram I made. It has a lousy back of the napkin look to it but it works so here it is.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...oveWiring3.jpg

TomSD 09-14-2010 05:20 AM

And now using it I realize I should've run the wires out one side or the top so I could stand it up. Not a big issue though just an annoyance.

SweetSounds 09-14-2010 01:10 PM

Clever!
I like the TS2 mounted in the plate :mug:

Looks schweet!

P-J 09-14-2010 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomSD (Post 2274580)
And now using it I realize I should've run the wires out one side or the top so I could stand it up. Not a big issue though just an annoyance.

You have enough slack in your wiring. All you need to do is flip the outlets and cover plate 180 - mission accomplished.

JetSmooth 09-14-2010 01:54 PM

Dang! That's a nice setup.

Could you have used a grey ABS junction box like they mount outside rather than a drywall three-gang electrical box to give yourself a little more room?

mvdilts 09-14-2010 03:20 PM

looks awesome and thanks for the parts list and wiring diagram...I see building something like this in my future...

TomSD 09-14-2010 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by P-J (Post 2274942)
You have enough slack in your wiring. All you need to do is flip the outlets and cover plate 180 - mission accomplished.


I know I'm just dreading pulling it back apart, lol.

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Originally Posted by JetSmooth (Post 2274975)
Dang! That's a nice setup.

Could you have used a grey ABS junction box like they mount outside rather than a drywall three-gang electrical box to give yourself a little more room?

Not sure... size, mainly depth, was the biggest issue. I went around measuring different boxes before I found this one. Even then it is real close... I can only use one clip and I have to trim it back to keep it from releasing.

TomSD 09-14-2010 09:43 PM

OK I love this thing. Beats the heck out of the old analog one. Testing it on my keezer and I'm thinking I'll have to build a single stage one for the keezer now too, lol.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/ImInLove.JPG

bigljd 01-28-2011 07:35 PM

Thanks for the great build tutorial - took me a couple hours to throw it together, and it's working great!

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/...controlbox.jpg

TomSD 01-29-2011 02:43 AM

Nice! So you ran it out one side?


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