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    Default SSR in an outlet box

    As the title says, this is about mounting a Solid State Relay in an outlet box.
    I know this has been done before, but I wanted to post a link to my website showing how I did mine.
    I thought this might be helpful for anyone new or it may just be interesting for older members to look at.
    http://www.parsonsfamilychristmas.com/ssr_project.html

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    Default Re: SSR in an outlet box

    Nice! well crafted!!! I do much the same thing -- I put my 4-channel MiniRen wireless controllers inside a Carlon box, filling any holes or knockout spaces with hot glue to seal out the really bad stuff... Outlet boxes make excellent SSR containers.
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    Default Re: SSR in an outlet box

    If you don't break the tabs on the neutral (silver screw) side, that will save two wires. May be easier to fit all in the box.
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    Default Re: SSR in an outlet box

    From the code standpoint, you used the wrong box, and you can't have the network cable in the box.

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    Default Re: SSR in an outlet box

    Nice! well crafted!!! I do much the same thing -- I put my 4-channel MiniRen wireless controllers inside a Carlon box, filling any holes or knockout spaces with hot glue to seal out the really bad stuff... Outlet boxes make excellent SSR containers.
    I knew I had seen it somewhere before!! I just was unsure where.

    If you don't break the tabs on the neutral (silver screw) side, that will save two wires. May be easier to fit all in the box.
    /mike
    I realized that after the first one I built. Actually, I do that on my others, but for simplicity I thought it would just be easier to explain it like I originally did it. I didn't want to start confusing people about sharing neutrals. LOL

    From the code standpoint, you used the wrong box, and you can't have the network cable in the box.
    If that is the only code I have broken, I think I am doing good!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Smith View Post
    From the code standpoint, you used the wrong box, and you can't have the network cable in the box.
    With that statement, we couldn't use any controller we have here, now could we.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    ... filling any holes or knockout spaces with hot glue to seal out the really bad stuff...
    Mr. Nerkle,
    Check out "Plumbers Goop" (or Shoe Goop), as I have found that holds up to moisture and cold better than hot glue. It sticks better than silicon seal and as good as hot glue. The bonus is the fumes where you start to see all your lights light up even unpowered!! Whoa- colors!!!

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    Yah, I've used GOOP before. Good stuff. I find that I can usually "force-feed" the hot glue into the knock-out edges, and some of it seeps through a bit, and of course it hardens quickly... so they've worked pretty well. We don't have much rain here in the Winter... it comes as snowflakes so there's not a lot to keep out.

    I like GOOP. Fixed a lot of shoes with it!

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    Default Re: SSR in an outlet box

    I use the Carlton A238 box, which needs no sealing ... also, the floor (or back wall, depending upon your perspective) is flat, so I can glue stand-offs in.

    http://www.pacificalights.info/index...h/17-ssr4.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcole View Post
    I use the Carlton A238 box, which needs no sealing ... also, the floor (or back wall, depending upon your perspective) is flat, so I can glue stand-offs in.

    http://www.pacificalights.info/index...h/17-ssr4.html

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    That is the same box I used to use. VERY nice units.
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