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Joined: 06 Apr 2013
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Location: Florida


PostLink    Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Control Panel (30A Kit) Build with Some Mods Reply with quote


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Hello everyone,

My name is Mehmet. I have recently completed building the control panel kit (Standard 30A Control Panel) I have purchased from Kal and Mike. If you are thinking about building the control panel, I would highly recommend getting the kit. Kal, thank you. I tip my hat to you. You are a class act! I know you have heard this many times but not from me. I have learned allot from you and from all the contributors to this forum. Thank you all.

And now its time to give back. Even though it will never equal to what was gained by me. During the build, I have taken quite a few pictures and in the next few days, as time permits, I will post some of those pictures here. As you will see, I have made some minor modifications. That's the advantage of building it yourself.

I found someone locally to mill the cutouts. Most water jet machines do not have the capacity to handle cutouts on the top and bottom of the box. I have provided them with my own CAD files.









The CP had to be sand blasted to bare metal (see test area on the picture above) before powder coating so I had to remove the door gasket.



Powder coating turned out really nice. I have also applied a product called CeramLock over the powder coat finish. Its a clear ceramic coating. http://www.ceramlock.com/



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked on the internal panel while the CP was getting milled and powder coated.

















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OMJ



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Amazing workmanship
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMJ wrote:
Wow. Amazing workmanship


Thank you, OMJ.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Work on the heat sink.









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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silicone sealant is messy during application, makes it difficult to remove and re-install an item if needed and it does not look good. So, I custom fabricated seals from a 0.032" thick EPDM rubber sheet.





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Sketchin



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, nice work! Love the rubber seals idea!
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woodenboatguy



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well done! I am now officially daunted as I contemplate drilling the backplate. I really like your approach to the wiring on it especially.

Let me add my vote to Sketchin's on the rubber seals.

This forum is amazing.

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I'm impressed.

I saw the larger holes in the backplate as I was scrolling down before the wiring was in and thought.... "he's not actually going to move all the wiring to the back is he?....". I kept scrolling down and yup! Wink

It should give you a very nice clean look. Very nice!

Only issue is if you decide to change some wiring it's going to be a lot more difficult but there's really no reason you'd ever have to change wiring (without changing parts as well).

I look forward to seeing more - especially how you handle the wiring to the door.

And thank you for using rubber grommets on those passthrough holes. You obviously have lots of experience in this and it shows. The custom rubber gaskets are also a good idea.

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good idea on the rubber seals.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sketchin wrote:
Wow, nice work! Love the rubber seals idea!


Thank you, Sketchin. They did turn out nice.


woodenboatguy wrote:
Very well done! I am now officially daunted as I contemplate drilling the backplate. I really like your approach to the wiring on it especially.

Let me add my vote to Sketchin's on the rubber seals.

This forum is amazing.


Thank you, woodenboatguy. I agree with you on the forum.


kal wrote:
It should give you a very nice clean look. Very nice!


Thank you, Kal. It was planned for that and it did turn out nice. Wait till you see the pictures of the finished panel.


kal wrote:
Only issue is if you decide to change some wiring it's going to be a lot more difficult but there's really no reason you'd ever have to change wiring (without changing parts as well).


I thought about that and came to the same conclusion. There should not be any reason why I would change the wiring. If I have to, I can do it. If anything, it will be a part that will go bad which will need to be changed and that is an easy task. That is the beauty of your design. I like and appreciate things that are designed well, function well and look well. Wink


kal wrote:
And thank you for using rubber grommets on those passthrough holes.


That's pretty basic stuff. I don't know if you noticed or not, I have also used rounded rubber edge trim.


kal wrote:
You obviously have lots of experience in this and it shows.


Well, I don't know about having lots of experience in this because its the first time I have built something like this. Other than putting together a fermentation temp controller using a couple of Love controllers. I manage construction projects by profession.

kal wrote:
The custom rubber gaskets are also a good idea.


Thanks.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pictures of the panel door.











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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g8tors wrote:
good idea on the rubber seals.


Thanks, g8tors. Cool username. Wink
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made wiring harnesses for connecting the door and internal instrumentation.









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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is insane good looking. Nice work.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I the only one that can't see the pictures in this thread?
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Images appear to be hosted on PhotoBucket, e.g.
http://s3.photobucket.com/user/ShortVersion/media/Electric%20Brewery%20Control%20Panel%20Build/Wiring%20Harness/768/WiringHarness_05.jpg.html
and in the master album:
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShortVersion wrote:
That's pretty basic stuff. I don't know if you noticed or not, I have also used rounded rubber edge trim.

I did! You're going to need it for the wires going to the receptacles and the door.

Your wiring harnesses are very nice - this is similar to what is done in the automotive industry for car wiring (mostly between the instrument panel and the various items in the car) though yours is lot cleaner/nicer. Auto manufucturers used split corrugated plastic tubing and lots of electrical tape because it's faster.

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

foomench wrote:
That is insane good looking. Nice work.


Thanks, foomench.

kal wrote:
Your wiring harnesses are very nice - this is similar to what is done in the automotive industry for car wiring (mostly between the instrument panel and the various items in the car) though yours is lot cleaner/nicer. Auto manufucturers used split corrugated plastic tubing and lots of electrical tape because it's faster.


Thanks. Unlike auto manufacturers or any business for that matter, I was not concerned about time or cost. At least not in this case. Smile
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Want a job? Haha. Seriously nice stuff man! Puts some of my work to shame.

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