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Old 01-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hello,

I went to ACE and looked the 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches waterproof boxes for the heating elements and I thought they were HUGE.

While there I looked at the "half" version of that.

Looks like this


To me should have plenty of room to install the element. Just curious if anyone tried it ?

Thanks!
Q

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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I recently looks at these as well and I think most people tend to go on the side of caution and convenience so while you are able to do it in there it would be easier with a bigger one.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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I recently looks at these as well and I think most people tend to go on the side of caution and convenience so while you are able to do it in there it would be easier with a bigger one.
Thanks, so you are saying that is the difficulty to work with these that's drawing people off.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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I'm using the smaller box. I have everything together except the wiring, so far it seems like enough room to me. One problem I noticed when I was about half way through my design was the location of the ground lug was not ideal. So I transitioned to one of the extender boxes, and did it a little differently.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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BTW while at it, any alternative to Standard straight cord/wire grip, 3/4" NPT (McMaster-Carr part number: 7529K533) ?

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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I currently have mine wired up in a smaller 1-gang extension box with a face plate on either side. The box itself I believe is 1 inch deep. I'm guessing its easier to wire it up in a 2-gang box, but I didn't think it was difficult with mine.

Like this.


 
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:41 PM   #7
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Hello,

I went to ACE and looked the 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches waterproof boxes for the heating elements and I thought they were HUGE.

While there I looked at the "half" version of that.

Looks like this


To me should have plenty of room to install the element. Just curious if anyone tried it ?

Thanks!
Q
Im using this exact box, not tight at all, plenty of room to make the connections. Depending on your element setup, you might want to invest in a hot water heater "wrench". It is difficult to get a set of plyers/vice grips in the box to get onto the element nut.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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I currently have mine wired up in a smaller 1-gang extension box with a face plate on either side. The box itself I believe is 1 inch deep. I'm guessing its easier to wire it up in a 2-gang box, but I didn't think it was difficult with mine.

Like this.
That is exactly how I did it.

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:05 AM   #9
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If I remember right I think kegkits has an outline of how he made his electric kettle and used the smaller box.

Just stated that the hole for the element was drilled off center.

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:59 AM   #10
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do you have a link, would be nice to check other implementation before starting.

 
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