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Old 12-30-2010, 02:58 AM   #431
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So here's the latest...I've been busy! I've got most of the parts, but I keep having unforeseen "connection" problems....e.g., I naively bought panel style breakers when I should have gotten DIN mountable. So I got the plumbing done, and this is the final product (until I change it again )


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Old 12-30-2010, 03:01 AM   #432
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And here's a few more:


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Old 12-30-2010, 03:10 AM   #433
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And here's what I've done with the control box...I actually went a different route and followed Boerderij Kabouter's lead with the TOOLBOX. The Homak SS toolbox had too much plastic and not enough room for all the switches and lights....in these pics you can see how I laid out things on paper I taped to the box....it REALLY helped. Once I was sure of how I wanted it (be absolutely sure you leave room for the future, if you want to add another PID, etc.....I planned for the addition of another PID and outlets in case I ever go back to a multi vessel system), I drilled pilot holes then carefully finished with a step bit.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:16 AM   #434
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And here's a few more....I CAREFULLY used step bits, dremel, and scroll saw to cut the holes. I went smaller and used a file to finish the holes out...there's no turning back if you make them too big! Also be sure you protect the box from scratches; the metal filings will be everywhere. The paper I used was very thick and held up to all my abuse:
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:26 AM   #435
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Lastly, the heat sink. I already purchased this thing, thinking it'd be light because it was aluminum. NO...it was 10 lbs! No way could I stick this on a PORTABLE box, and no way was I going to mess with selling it on ebay and purchase inferior stuff. SO, I decided to chop it down which took me no less than 6 hrs with a hacksaw and sawzall...it is some kind of alloy and dulled all my blades! I was completely sore the next day. Now it is a much better match to the box's profile...it can fit up to 6 ssr's if I ever get away from using my SSRD's....and it's still way overkill with the conductive mass it provides. The base alone is probably 1/2" thick! In the final picture, you can see the finished product....it is the longer slimmer piece.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:33 AM   #436
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details on that sight glass ? looks like the real deal.

BTW - nice build. I've been subscribed for a while now.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:33 AM   #437
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I've got a chubby right now
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:04 AM   #438
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Still lovin it Steve. I'm ready for the youtube demo.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:11 PM   #439
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Can't wait for the wiring! Looking Good Man!
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Excellent! Release the Hounds!


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