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    Default Large Outdoor Enclosure

    I'm looking for a larger outdoor box, but bigger than any of the CG series stuff. I found the old links to the Outdoor Fiberglass Enclosures on Skycraft, but they are of course all sold out. Searching online finds others at really expensive prices. Any suggestions on where to look?
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    Default Re: Large Outdoor Enclosure

    How about a picnic cooler? Not horribly expensive, quite weatherproof, and you can often pick them up for peanuts at garage sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    How about a picnic cooler? Not horribly expensive, quite weatherproof, and you can often pick them up for peanuts at garage sales.
    I preferably need something that I can mount onto a frame along with some controllers. I could make a cooler work, but it wouldn't be the most elegant solution in this scenario. I don't need it to be incredibly deep, only about 4 inches deep, but at least 1.5x2 feet in size, similar to a breaker box.
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    Another good source is Office Depot or Office Max, or go to Really Useful Boxes Inc - Welcome - Buy Online Now!

    Lots of options and sizes and the boxes are easy to use for this hobby.
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    I was going to say a cooler as well. How about some of the solutions for food storage or general storage by Rubbermaid and others. Some of these even have snap down lids and are quite sturdy. I don't know how UV resistant they would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    Another good source is Office Depot or Office Max, or go to Really Useful Boxes Inc - Welcome - Buy Online Now!

    Lots of options and sizes and the boxes are easy to use for this hobby.
    Wow! Lots of different sizes, that's pretty cool. I think I may just go with the cooler idea. I bet I can find a good sized cooler to use. I'll make one last ditch effort to use a CG case, I'm not a fan of 120v inside an easily accessible box. With the CG's you have to cut a zip tie and unscrew the bolt. If you get that far, there is no "accidental" about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samj435 View Post
    ... I'm not a fan of 120v inside an easily accessible box. With the CG's you have to cut a zip tie and unscrew the bolt. If you get that far, there is no "accidental" about it.
    Indeed! I put high voltage caution messages and small locks on all my CG cases, putting it way beyond accidental and into the realm of vandalism if someone were to mess with one.

    But coupled with our usual 24-40" annual snowfall, which covers everything many times over, I've never had a problem with anyone trying to even FIND the controllers, much less ding with them!

    The snowfall is a bit hard to control, but the warning labels and locks aren't.
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    I've got a "large" telephone style metal box that I've used in the past. It's about 6 inches deep, but is 25x25. It's heavier than you'd want to try to lift easily, and used to be at the base of my megatree, with 64 separate channels.

    Bought it from a guy in Colorado. Luckily my sister-in-law lived in the same city, and since her husband worked for Fedex, got free shipping after they picked it up.

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    i use pad locks along with window alarms hidden inside the enclosures and tied to the closest thing with very tiny monofilement line darn near imposable to see in the dark when thay are set off thay emitt a high pitched shreek noisy people make swell targets
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