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Using SPT2 zip cord, I drilled four holes for two 3/4" box connectors and two holes for one 1/2" box connector and the other left blank for the cat5 cable.

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That is a very nice box with a nice lock to it.

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The mounting brackets are inside the box are used to join together air duct. They're one inch wide and I cut them to nine inches long.

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After mounting the top and bottom brackets using 10-32 bolts, this is what it looks like.

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Cut 1/4" standoff's and screw the board to the brackets using self-tapping screws. Make sure they're not to long or they will go through the box and ruin it.

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Since this board will only be carring 1600 lights, I only used one power supply cord. So I placed jumpers in from the right side to the left side. The output cords are SPT2 16 gauage.

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Here is one of three racks. This one is for the mega tree. I used pressure-treated lumber for the rack. I figure about 12 inches of space per controller. This rack is 36 inches long by 20 inches high. The feet are 2x4's 24 inches long, the legs are 2x4's 20 inches high, the cross pieces are 2x2's 36 inches long, and the cord relief is 42 inches long.

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Now here's all three racks. This is a total of 128 channels. Anyone is welcome to my idea. Hopefully it will be some help to others in the pc community. Now it's on to the construction of my mega tree.

By the way... swing and garbage can is not included in the plans:laughing:


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Great pictures. Those boxes are really neat! Nice design:smile: How many channels will you use for your mega?

jeff

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jeffmill wrote:

Great pictures. Those boxes are really neat! Nice design:smile: How many channels will you use for your mega?

jeff

36 divided into four colors.

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The stands look so cute , it makes me want to steal them LOL Just kidding Nice Job! :)

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I like them, good job, having done only 3 1/2 controllers (3-16 channels and and 1-8 channel of LOR) I have an idea of how much work was involved, you should be proud, but I must say when I did mine it was a lot of fun (not like work at all) was almost sad when I got it done because I wanted to do more. There is nothing in the world like taking a bunch of parts and cutting, screwing, gluing and assembling and when it is all done, saying "I did that". Almost like being a proud parent (ok, so we are proud parents, its like, today I delivered 56 Channels of bouncing, blinking LOR:waycool:).

But really man, good job (sorry I missed the post earlier, I was indisposed).

Bill

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That is cool! How heavy is each of them....?

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lkcubsrule wrote:

That is cool! How heavy is each of them....?


A little confused, how heavy is each controller or the whole rack?

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Like each rack...I see you have the treated 4x4's, plus 3 controllers adn the cords...lot of weight

I don't thing anybody is going to steal them anytime soon!

EDIT: I thought they were all 4x4's--That's alot of weight...but they are 2x4's, so yeah, probably lighter.

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Very nice setup. Like the clear front, always cool IMO to be able to see the inner workings. :(

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lkcubsrule wrote:

Like each rack...I see you have the treated 4x4's, plus 3 controllers adn the cords...lot of weight

I don't thing anybody is going to steal them anytime soon!

EDIT: I thought they were all 4x4's--That's alot of weight...but they are 2x4's, so yeah, probably lighter.


The picture with all three racks... here's what I projected the weight to be.

Left one: Heavy duty 30-35 lbs

Center one: Medium duty 15-20 lbs

Right one: Light duty 20-25 lbs

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Looks great. Let me tell you how I mount mine. Please follow closely as I am not sure if I can repeat it.

First: Cut points on 30" long 2X3 boards.
Second: Pound two boards in the ground with big sledge hammer
Third: Take two (2) drywall screws and screw box onto the 2x3 boards
Last: Spray paint boards and boxes flat black so as not to be seen.

Repeat steps 1-4 on each board till finished.

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Is that the proper way to set your jumpers?

You have them HOT to HOT NEU to NEU?

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greenmeanie wrote:

Is that the proper way to set your jumpers?

You have them HOT to HOT NEU to NEU?

Yep, that's the way to do it.

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Robin wrote:

Looks great. Let me tell you how I mount mine. Please follow closely as I am not sure if I can repeat it.

First: Cut points on 30" long 2X3 boards.
Second: Pound two boards in the ground with big sledge hammer
Third: Take two (2) drywall screws and screw box onto the 2x3 boards
Last: Spray paint boards and boxes flat black so as not to be seen.

Repeat steps 1-4 on each board till finished.

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Hahaha! Certainly the easy way, Robin... :D

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greenmeanie wrote:

Is that the proper way to set your jumpers?

You have them HOT to HOT NEU to NEU?

Yes this is the proper way. it might work the other way, I have never tried it.

[Edit]Opps didn't see the second page when i posted, now I see this was already answered.

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EAB wrote:

Robin wrote:
Looks great. Let me tell you how I mount mine. Please follow closely as I am not sure if I can repeat it.

First: Cut points on 30" long 2X3 boards.
Second: Pound two boards in the ground with big sledge hammer
Third: Take two (2) drywall screws and screw box onto the 2x3 boards
Last: Spray paint boards and boxes flat black so as not to be seen.

Repeat steps 1-4 on each board till finished.

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Hahaha! Certainly the easy way, Robin... :D

Robin, I might prefer Olive Drab Green the army uses it for camo, and certainly you can't see any of thier jeeps or tanks.

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