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Old 08-13-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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Securing the electrical panels

Does anyone have any ideas on how to install some sort of cover to keep my son from playing with the inverter power switch and solar controller switch? I don't think there's too much he could do to the solar controller panel, but if he turns on the inverter switch, it will eventually drain my batteries as it expends power when converting the voltage, regardless if the inverter is powering anything itself.

I've checked the BlueSky site, and they don't appear to have any sort of cover. I've e-mailed TrippLite to see if they offer a cover for the inverter remote control module, but I don't see one on their website either.


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Old 08-13-2007, 03:11 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any ideas on how to install some sort of cover to keep my son from playing with the inverter power switch and solar controller switch? I don't think there's too much he could do to the solar controller panel, but if he turns on the inverter switch, it will eventually drain my batteries as it expends power when converting the voltage, regardless if the inverter is powering anything itself.

I've checked the BlueSky site, and they don't appear to have any sort of cover. I've e-mailed TrippLite to see if they offer a cover for the inverter remote control module, but I don't see one on their website either.


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As a follow up, Tripplite got back to me right away, but only to tell me they do not have any kind of switch cover. Still looking...
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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Herb, check with a local sheet metal shop to fab you an aluminum cover. Or, mount two posts on both ends and put a piece of plexiglass over them to protect the controls from tiny fingers yet allow you to monitor. Maybe a small hole above the inverter switch to operate it with a small rod. I could do all this for you if you were in SB.
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Herb, check with a local sheet metal shop to fab you an aluminum cover. Or, mount two posts on both ends and put a piece of plexiglass over them to protect the controls from tiny fingers yet allow you to monitor. Maybe a small hole above the inverter switch to operate it with a small rod. I could do all this for you if you were in SB.
Don't tempt me into making a special trip up there just to see you. I might offer you my first born, but then I wouldn't need a cover would I?

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Just to see me? Think of all the cool things you and your wife can do here. Uh, well, you can do those same things in Ventura, I guess.

We can have a beer?
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OK, now you're making it very hard to resist. I love the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. I've homebrewed for about 10 years now, though I haven't hardly brewed at all in the last year and a half. Just about the same age as my son; coincidence?


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Old 08-13-2007, 08:08 PM   #7
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Is there a fuse under the couch that you can pull? Or something similar that he can't get into?

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No couch, but good question. I'll look into the fuse/circuit breaker for it. I still like the idea of preventing my boy from being able to access the inverter in the first place, just to make sure he doesn't develop a bad habit of touching electronics. When he's a bit older, I'll make sure he understands not to touch them without permission. I figure that might happens when he's old enough to move out of the house.


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