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Hi Group,

I know this has been talked about before, but who has some good ideas on LOR boxes? Tupperware, Sprinkler boxes??

I've been trying to find something waterproof, that could withstand the crazy weather we see in Kansas. Also something reasonably priced that could be purchased at Home Depot/Wal-Mart.



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This picture is of a hoffman enclosure that I used for a 16 channel controller. The plugs ar mounted in the bottom then I put legs on it so the connections would bo out of the weather.


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This picture is the interior. LOR CTB 16 D mounted to the lid. The metal box adds to its heatsink ability.


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Lightman wrote:

Yup they do, just wanted something a little cheaper. That would be the way to go though.

Cheapest route is the "Tupperware" type containers. They don't look at all professional, but we have a few that have been outside for 4 seasons now with no issues.

It all depends on what's important to you, and what you're willing to spend. And how much luck you have in the closeout market -- many of us use boxes that were deeply discounted on closeout (e.g. the Primestar/MECI ones and the sprinker boxes HD was closing out a couple years back). But those deals are sporadic and don't last long, especially once the get posted here.

-Tim
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All Electronics used to have the exact same enclosures for $8, but I think they sold out a few months ago.

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I have two 16 channel cards mounted in a large plastic tool box. These are the large plastic tool boxes that can be had for under $10 at most home imrovement stores. I got mine for $4 at Menards. Just make sure the lip of the lid overlaps the bottom box. This will keep the water out. A little foam tape wouldn't hurt either. I used 16 AWG lamp cord for my plugs. The handle on top of the box makes it easy to transprt and two latches open the box up for servicing. We had a LOT of rain last season and the box performed flawlessly. I will post pictures if anybody is interested. 32 channels enclosed for under $10 is hard to beat...except maybe the tupperware route.

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Here is my 48 channel LOR that i wired up Monday night. I used 4 plc controllers last year in the same box. No rain water or moisture in the box, it was bone dry. We had alot of rain last year. we put center blocks on top of the box and on the sides to keep from turning over and wind blowing the top off.

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I got great results using the plastic, blow-formed boxes you buy electric handtools in; electric screwdrivers, jigsaws and stuff. I hated to throw the things out so I kept them. They are just about perfect for the fairly flat LOR circuit boards and heatsinks. They are no-cost, cut and drill easily with knife/heat-gun or drill, some have continuous molded-in hinges to shed rain, they have handles for carrying and latches and they store really well. They are also plastic, so no electrical shorts and are light weight for roof mounting. I used two of these and one tupperware "cake carrier" (wal-mart $4.23) last year. I have two more for this year's expansion. No problems with any of them. even up on the roof, in the wind and rain. Dropping them doesn't seem to be a problem either...:shock:

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VonnerNIX wrote:

LightORama sells enclosures on their site that fit their equipment. Take a look there.

The enclosures for the CTB16PC have the PlanetChristmas Logo on the cover, which got me to thinking (that's the wood you smell burning!). Since Chuck is Mr. PlanetChristmas, shouldn't his image be on the cover? Hmmm, if I download his avatar....
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