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Mega Tree LOR Board Mounting Question

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Greetings experienced Mega Tree pioneers!

I am using 2 20A boards for my tree this year with the (DYC LOR) system. Right now I have the SSR's in a metal circuit breaker box but I don't know what to put the 20A boards in. I had visions of hanging the setup off of the pole itself to keep things neat and clean due to the Michigan winter.

How are others mounting their boards and does anyone have experience hanging the 20A boards outside?

Thanks!

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Well last year I had 2 boxes for the controllers mounted on a piece of plywood that I attached to the tree pole.

This year I am building a new enclosure box for 5 controllers that will sit at the base of the tree.

Here is a picture of my setup for last year if that is any help. You only see the back of the plywood from the front of my display.

Bill

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I mount mine back to back on a fence post like this.

http://www.wirenetting.cc/wiremesh_images/fencing-post2.jpg

I just drill a hole in the boxes, use some rubber washers and a long bold/nut. The posts are about 36"-48" long. It is not my idea, but I saw others do it like RichardH and thought it would work great and it did.

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I don't attach mine to the tree pole -- they're hung on little T-stakes (boards screwed together to make a 'T', then pounded in the ground). They're about 2' from the ground, at the highest point, so you don't notice them. If we get a lot of snow, I dig them out, but I don't think I'd have to...

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I put my controllers in a home made box and painted it white. I originally used the CTB08 controllers but have modified it with the PC series controllers. The box was mad out of 3/4 plywood and several coats of primer and then three coats of paint. It sits directly on the ground and has the cords about 3 inches up from the bottom of the box.

Anthony

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I mount my controllers in steel industrial control boxes.

They are heavy to steal, very good heat sinks /dissipators.

They are also Michigan weather resistant if not weatherproof.

I would not leave this kind of box outside all year but for a month and a half each year they will last forever....

here is a single controller box description and some pictures.

Here is a picture of one of my 64 channel boxes...Expandable to 80. It is simply set on the ground and padlocked to the megatree pole underneath it.

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