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mvp_1.0_build_panel [2017/07/01 19:03] (current)
webbhm created
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 +===== MVP Electrical Panel =====
 +=== Material: ===
 +  * Cardboard
 +  * Duct tape
 +  * 4 inch cable ties
 +=== Tools: ===
 +  * Small screw driver
 +  * Side cutter pliers
 +**WARNING**:​ unplug the Pi and all wires to avoid shorting the board or electrocution.
 +The electrical panel secures the Raspberry Pi, relay and wiring to prevent wires from pulling loose or becoming detached.
 +**NOTE**: The goal of the MVP is minimal tools and expense. ​ The electrical panel is something that with a saw and drill could be made much better, using a piece of Masonite or 1/8 inch hobby plywood. ​ If you have the material and tools, feel free to substitute.
 +  - Cut two 12x8 inch pieces of cardboard (from the Amazon shipping box?).
 +  - Duct tape them together around the edges and cover the back side with duct tape.  The function of the duct tape on the back is to help keep the cable ties from pulling through the cardboard.
 +  - Place the Pi, relay and 110v power cord on the panel, and with a pencil, mark the location of the mounting holes in the Pi and relay boards; then about ¼ inch out mark a second spot for the cable tie (two holes are needed per tie).  Then mark one hole on each side of the 110v extension cord; one set on the bottom, one set around the loop, and a third set at the top.
 +  - Using the small screwdriver (or an awl or nail), carefully punch holes through the panel, to thread the cable-ties through.
 +  - hread the cable ties through the holes, and tighten them to the boards and wires. ​ I found that a 4 inch tie was not long enough for the wire loop, and used a second tie to increase the length.
 +  - Using the side cutters, cut off the excess of the cable ties.
mvp_1.0_build_panel.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/01 19:03 by webbhm