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Old 03-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Chugger Pump Enclosure Build

This is my Chugger Pump Enclosure 1.0. There are some problems with this particular setup. Go to THIS THREAD to see what changes I have made to this design.

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I had four ideas in mind when I made this.

1. It needed to be compact. I don't want a big enclosure for a little pump.
2. It has to be stable enough to hold the ball valve and tri-clamp fittings which add extra weight.
3. It needed a simple switch for on/off operation.
4. It needed to look good.

I think I hit the mark on all points. There's a basic switch on top along with a handle for carrying. The rubber feet give it a bit of stability but also keep the center of gravity low. And it all fit in a 6.5x6.5x4.5 box. Vent holes are drilled every 15mm on the bottom to keep the fan cool. What do you think?

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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wow impressive build.

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Very nice. How about an inside picture. And where did you source the box? It looks like just the size I need for a couple projects but I could not find anything like it at Lowe's last week.

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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It's one of those Carlon PVC junction boxes, maybe the 6x6x4 size?

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Very nice. How about an inside picture. And where did you source the box? It looks like just the size I need for a couple projects but I could not find anything like it at Lowe's last week.
Here's a shot of the insides. As for the box, I got it at Home Depot. It was about $11 or so. The switch is a simple on/off with two poles for the hot from the plug and the hot to the pump. I'm not a skilled electrician so I needed something very basic. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #6
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I'd be careful about the operating temperature of the motor in such a small box. Worth keeping an eye on it when you use it, particularly for extended times

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I'd be careful about the operating temperature of the motor in such a small box. Worth keeping an eye on it when you use it, particularly for extended times
I thought about that. I have read a few posts that have said their pump doesn't get very warm, so I am not too concerned about it. I'll definitely watch it. One idea I have is to wire in a little AC fan on the back to blow air in. I could wire it in to the switch and have it run while the pump is running. I'll keep an eye on it though. Thanks for the head's up.
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Very nice. One thing I have not figured out with these pump enclosures... When you remove the head and essentially put the wall of the enclosure between the pump and the head how is not leaking?

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Very nice. One thing I have not figured out with these pump enclosures... When you remove the head and essentially put the wall of the enclosure between the pump and the head how is not leaking?

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If you were to put the stainless head on the outside and the plastic black head on the inside, you might have to worry about leaks (but even then, probably not). The pump heads are three pieces. There is the stainless head that screws to the black plastic head that screws to the body of the pump. The only place where water is, is inside the stainless head. But inside the stainless head, there is a third piece that screws into the stainless head. This is where the impeller is. It's contained inside the stainless pump head. I'll see if I can shoot a picture for you.
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Here are a couple shots of the insides. Hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.

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