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Old 08-03-2011, 11:28 PM   #11
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What size panel are most people using?
I can show you, if you want...



 
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:06 AM   #12
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I'm in the process of building mine. I bought a Weigmann 16x12x8 enclosure. I have 4 recepticles for heating and 2 for pumps....it's tight.



 
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:40 PM   #13
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How about opinions on metals versus plastic? Plastic would be easier to drill and cut.
That's why I picked plastic. I wanted to buy as few 'extra' tools as possible - so regular hole saws worked well with a plastic box.

...that said, if I wasn't trying (pretending?) to make this a 'cheap-er' project, I would go metal.

 
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:59 PM   #14
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13.5" x 13.5" x 7"

Lots of room but it must weigh 50 pounds and I am still not finished.

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:49 PM   #15
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is that a cpu box?
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:59 PM   #16
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is that a cpu box?
If you are referring to mine, no. It is a used control panel I bought on e-bay.


 
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:09 PM   #17
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I would suggest searching on eBay for one of the following if you want a sweet deal on something like these.
hoffman 14*
hoffman 16*

once you are seeing these, you can tweak your search terms and maybe find a gem of a deal on a similar one...

 
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:27 PM   #18
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I searched for "nema box" This is a great buy (14x14x8) at $75 and you can offer less. The master On/Off is like $20 new and this box has rails and other internal components you could use.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RITTAL-AE1380-14...item4157808ddf


 
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #19
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I am seriously considering mounting my controls inside a 5.56 ammo can.

The only thing that is holding me back is that I know it's going to be really tough to mount the components and connect and route the wiring.

 
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:34 PM   #20
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Well I bought a control panel box off of eBay. It is 20x11x9", and it has a console design. I have not seen any other boxes like it. I think it should work pretty good.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:X:AAQ:US:1123



 
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