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Old 09-22-2013, 02:45 AM   #11
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Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is first rate. That is one awesome control box!



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Old 09-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #12
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Beautiful! Well done, indeed!


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Old 09-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #13
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Your control box looks awesome.

After looking at yours I'm thinking of doing something similar. How long is the box? What method did you use to cut the holes? Everything looks really clean.

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:23 PM   #14
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It's 16" long.

I used a dremel and a drill press with hole saws and step bits. It was a little tricky drilling the holes as the sheet metal is thin so I had to use scrap wood as a backing.

 
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:20 AM   #15
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I've been debating doing a toolbox CP for awhile now, but after seeing this build and Knub's I think it will be the best solution for me. I like the fuse holders, which ones are you using?

Also I'm curious, what kind of system are you running with four PIDs, or is it three and a timer?
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:55 AM   #16
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Sadly I am more wondering what brand of toolbox that is.

 
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:42 AM   #17
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Why are you sad? It's actually a nice toolbox for the price.

Stack-On SHB-16 16-Inch Multi-Purpose Steel Tool Box

Cooper Bussmann .25" x 1.25" Panel Mount Fuse Holder Part# HTB-26I-R

If I were to do it again I would just use a bank of fuse holders inside and save the hassle of drilling the holes. I guess I was going for symmetry.

 
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:14 PM   #18
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Good price on the tool box, I like black. For my controller
I spent more than that just on paint. I also really like the controls and I am just stunned by how much you have managed to pack in there. It just looks really well laid out.

I am also a fan of big heatsinks mounted externally. It's a logical choice to have both heatsink and cables at the back, I'm sure you have thought about how much clearance you have there. I don't want to come across as critical because I really like the build, but the airflow would be slightly better if the orientation of the fins was vertical rather than horizontal. All the same I would like to know where you got it, it's a great size.

Looking good Vadim!

 
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:44 PM   #19
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Wiring wasn't difficult at all. I did have to make custom plates for the contactors to bolt down to the bottom.
Nice work!

Do you have any pics of the custom plates you made?

 
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:34 AM   #20
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http://stores.ebay.com/lisa-ctrsurpl...&_sid=86734684

I think it's the same place that kal originally got his from. It was a used heatsink that I had to cut to size.

I don't think there will be any problems with cooling...as far as I understand it is grossly oversized for one SSR running 23A.

This is another place I found that seems like a good source:
http://www.heatsinkusa.com/

The plates are just sheet metal rectangles with a tapped hole in each corner. Then I stuck each contactor on with industrial double-sided tape.



 
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