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    Enclosures for LOR CTB16PC Kit Controllers


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    So, today I made my first controller purchase from LOR, I bought two of the 16 Channel PC controller kits (CTB16PC Kit) along with a Basic Plus license for the software.

    However, after submitting my order and due to the fact that I'm trying to save a little bit of money, I realized I didn't purchase the enclosures, due to the fact that I didn't upgrade to the "High-Power" heatsink.

    So, I'm wondering. does anyone have any "creative ideas" on cheap enclosures for these units? Since I am on a real tight budget for next year, I'm trying to save some money, so any and all ideas will be helpful.

    Thanks,

    Paul

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    I have always purchased the high power heat sinks and mounted my LOR boards in repurposed exterior circuit breaker panel boxes. Mounting the heat sinks to the metal enclosure offers additional heat sink surface.

    When I first started out I investigated mounting the board in a simple plastic shoe box or a 3 gallon Rubbermaid container. You will need to think about how and where you are going to place these boxes to keep condensation and rain/snow out.

    I have seen other people make simple wood boxes painted like Christmas gifts to put their controllers in. They use a plastic sheet to redirect water from the circuit boards.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have thought about mounting the card in a small plastic container (like a Tupperware container) and then stick that container into a wood-like box painted to look like a Christmas Present. I think something like that will work.

    I'm still thinking about it. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Paul

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    I used these boxes this year and was happy.

    I didn't buy enough though, I still had 7 controllers to do. So I built my own out of scrap wood from the workshop. I just screwed my cards to a 3/4" pc of plywood. Attached the dongles. Built a wood box around the top and sides(used 5/4" decking) leaving the bottom open to connect the wires to. Then I placed a hinged door (1/2"plywood) to the front with a hasp to lock it shut. After the box was built, I attached legs that were 2 1/2' tall(2x3's) and added horizontal legs on the bottom (a upside down "T") that kept it level. Then I attached some carrying handles (only thing I spent money on was the hasp, hinges, and handles $10.00) Finally I covered the box with a piece of 3mil plastic. All is working fine in the 10" of snow we have outside.

    One of my controlers is on the roof now in a blue rubbermade tub with a lock-down lid. I cut holes in the side. It dose not look attractive so this spring, I'll build a custome box out of scrap for it as well. Was hard to get 32 extension cords into it but it did the job.

    Also, I must say that those boxes from skycraft were excellent to use for my exterior GFCI outlets. Very pleased with how they turned out.

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    Having built 7 on my own, I no longer believe I saved enough to do it again. My labor was free, but the cords, enclosures and quick connects alladded up. I'm sure if you get creative, you can save more than I did. I think the LOR price on enclosure, sink and cords is pretty reasonable. People used to get the keptel cg-1000 enclosures for around 6 or 8 each and they are local in Denver here. I see them now on ebay, but they are like $12 each still.

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