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Equipment shelter

I'm curious. I'd like to see pictures of the equipment shelters (not cabinets) that members of this forum uses? Exterior and/or interior pictures are welcome.

Thanks!

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Re: Equipment shelter

Imagine a shiny aluminum truck tool box, that what we use! I envy the guys that can stand(some even get to SIT!) inside the shelters out of the sun, rain, wind :mansad:
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Re: Equipment shelter

I can say there is a big difference in robustness and quality of the shelters I operate out of at tower sites and it can be broken down into 3 distinct levels currently.

  • I built it - Its cheap and a little lame looking but functional. AKA shack
  • It came with a tower I purchased - Then its pretty robust with an abundance of space. AKA bunker
  • I rent space - Its a extremely overbuilt with all the amenities (Generators and AC Units that stand taller than I do, cable racks I can drive my van on, etc). AKA Nuclear bomb shelter
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Re: Equipment shelter

I built it - Its cheap and a little lame looking but functional.
cable racks I can drive my van on
Or place on your tailgate to load a 4-wheeler. Been there...Done that.
Paint it with roll on aluminum paint and it'll look fab-u-lous!
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Re: Equipment shelter

I can't post photos, but in one setup, imagine a 20'x8' ISO standard ocean cargo container (28.5 cubic meter internal volume) sitting on four large concrete blocks, one under each corner. The walls are lined with plywood, a few holes were drilled in the floor for DC power entry cables coming from a solar power system, and more holes drilled in the floor for data/coax cables to exit.

There are two split type Samsung 18000BTU/h (1.5 ton) air conditioners mounted on the wall with heat-exchange pipes running out the wall (sealed with spray-can foam sealant goop) to two AC heat exchanger units mounted on welded L-shape brackets on the end of the container opposite the doors.

There are multiple 42U two post racks bolted to the floor containing the network gear.
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Re: Equipment shelter

Ok so most people use outdoor cabinets? I guess a shelter isn't justified unless you need alot of space.
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Re: Equipment shelter

some people use $200 outdoor weatherproof tool boxes!
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Re: Equipment shelter

Or metal electrical utility boxes



They can be fairly good size and with some spray foam on entries and weather table on the door flap are good in any weather.

I can get a 2'x2'x18" box for ~$125.

You can run two, put your power (batteries, charge controller etc) in one and run a conduit up to the other with router and patch panels etc.

Inexpensive and can take a lot of abuse, and can be hung on a pole.
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Re: Equipment shelter

two 12x12x8 outdoor electrical boxes from Lowes/HomeDepot
boxes are 30.00 ea.
conduit between the two sealed with silicone.
plumbers strap with a nut/bolt anchor to hold the poe's and switch in place.
strut along the back to hold it all square.
less than 100.00 in each enclosure.
Just add another box if you've got a UPS or solar gear. I dont spring on UPS's unless it's a critical link or BH feeding more than 1 or two towers.
works well for me!!!
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Re: Equipment shelter

some people use $200 outdoor weatherproof tool boxes!


My uttermost lame installation is still plugging away inside of a $20 rubbermaid bin :out: ! But really its two batteries, a solar charge controller, and two passive poe's. With nobody but me to appreciate the upgrade and a monster of a hike to get there I just haven't bothered.
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Re: Equipment shelter

Cool! As long as the UV from the sun doesn't eat the plastic - wait, you're in BC, so you don't get much sunlight ..
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Cool! As long as the UV from the sun doesn't eat the plastic - wait, you're in BC, so you don't get much sunlight ..
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Re: Equipment shelter

I'm curious. I'd like to see pictures of the equipment shelters (not cabinets) that members of this forum uses? Exterior and/or interior pictures are welcome.


This one is a work in progress, the first of 6 'huts' custom built with 90mm freezer panels, designed to house power/comms devices and 12x 6v 420Ah batteries.

Cable conduit will be run from towers and solar panels to the 'pit' behind the hut, from there a 75mm pipe is set into the concrete and feeds up through the floor.

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Re: Equipment shelter

This one is a work in progress, the first of 6 'huts' custom built with 90mm freezer panels, designed to house power/comms devices and 12x 6v 420Ah batteries.

Cable conduit will be run from towers and solar panels to the 'pit' behind the hut, from there a 75mm pipe is set into the concrete and feeds up through the floor.

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Not gonna lie.... that's a nice "hut".
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Re: Equipment shelter

Dont laugh too hard but I have been using these
www.homedepot.ca/product/jardin-shed-4-ft-x-6-ft/945516
and plywood the inside (hey it has a window and a roof light)
and its cheaper than any decent size enclosures I have been able to find

lokeynz yours looks fantastic might I ask where you sourced the panels

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Re: Equipment shelter

Dont laugh too hard but I have been using these
www.homedepot.ca/product/jardin-shed-4-ft-x-6-ft/945516
and plywood the inside (hey it has a window and a roof light)
and its cheaper than any decent size enclosures I have been able to find

lokeynz yours looks fantastic might I ask where you sourced the panels


How is the heat/humidity in there? Have you thought about a solar powered vent fan?
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Vent fans are unnecessary. A black up pipe with a weather head will draw the air out via convection for 1/4 the upfront cost and a MTBF of 25 years.
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Re: Equipment shelter

For our smaller site's I use one of these. It has (2) fans that are controller by a thermostat. Note the nincompoop in the picture is not included!!
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lokeynz yours looks fantastic might I ask where you sourced the panels


It was built by a company that specialises in insulated buildings - chillers etc
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Re: Equipment shelter

For our smaller site's I use one of these. It has (2) fans that are controller by a thermostat. Note the nincompoop in the picture is not included!!


I love the filename!