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Offline DustinAZ

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Controllers in garage
« on: November 17, 2017, 05:09:28 PM »
Anybody have their controllers in their garage and run wires out to props? Thinking of maybe trying that next year, but curious if anybody has a clever means of getting the wires out without it looking too bad.


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Offline drm1963

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Re: Controllers in garage
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 05:15:19 PM »
How are you planning on exiting the garage?
Permanent? Just for the season?
What types of walls?
Wood? Concrete?

What about 4"-6" PVC thru the wall with Clean out caps installed on inside and out. Remove when needed? Seal and glue pipe in place flush mount with wall surface? Insert a flush cap = https://goo.gl/vJfkYt

Use something like this to trim to fit when wires are passing thru to make hole small as needed = https://goo.gl/fbqBWv

What about a Access Hatch? What size would be needed? https://goo.gl/1Gn5QE

All depends on what you need! How good you are at making it blend in! and What you are capable of!!!


Offline jem5136

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Re: Controllers in garage
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2017, 08:20:38 PM »
One of the things you'll need to think about when having your controllers so far from the lights is the possibility of voltage drop which will cause issues. Last year I had a prop that was about 20 feet from the controller and I had so many issues with it because it was so far from the controller. The controller wasn't a Falcon, but it's still something worth thinking about, especially if you have lengths of 30+ feet to run to get to your props. If you're going to have your controllers in your garage, you'll still have to put power supplies near your props to inject power.


Offline corydorning

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Re: Controllers in garage
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:04:57 PM »
I keep my controller in a junction box in my garage and run this cable (up to 50ft) out to my lights with no issues. I try to fully utilize each falcon port and chain displays together that are close to each other. I then run an extension cord out to various locations that i use for power injection.


This works pretty well for me at the moment, but I'm only running a house outline (~350 pixels), fm sign (~110 pixels), 4 arches (200 pixels total) and a matrix (1,050 pixels).

 

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