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Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« on: January 05, 2016, 07:55:17 PM »
Two questions on P10 panel matrix.

If you order the outdoor panels will the seams of the panels seal up tight enough on the front so that just an enclosure on the sides and back is enough?

If you order the indoor panels.  Where do you get large pieces of Plexiglas at a reasonable price?

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 07:57:18 PM »
Two questions on P10 panel matrix.

If you order the outdoor panels will the seams of the panels seal up tight enough on the front so that just an enclosure on the sides and back is enough?

If you order the indoor panels.  Where do you get large pieces of Plexiglas at a reasonable price?

Outdoor panels are suppose to be water tight on the face, the back is what needs special care.

Taps plastic and I think even the big box stores have large panels of plexiglass

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 08:13:49 PM »
Two questions on P10 panel matrix.

If you order the outdoor panels will the seams of the panels seal up tight enough on the front so that just an enclosure on the sides and back is enough?

If you order the indoor panels.  Where do you get large pieces of Plexiglas at a reasonable price?
As stated, Lowes and home Depot have sheets. You may want to consider lexan, it's easier to work with, plexiglass can shatter, lexan is more forgiving.

You can also check grainger and McMaster Carr.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 08:26:43 PM »
Any idea on what thickness is desired or a minimum that should be used?

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 08:46:38 PM »
Any idea on what thickness is desired or a minimum that should be used?

Good question not sure, and then there is the concept of using a sealer or gasket.. I'm not sure there is a lot of info on these panels being outside yet. I know there are less than a handful of posters that created full  kits for their panels. Not sure how they faired

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 08:59:04 PM »
I think there is more than a handful, I have seen quite a few enclosure pictures on here.
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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2016, 08:59:23 PM »
I saw a couple of posts of folks here in Australia who simply used ordinary plastic (ie the pliable type that you use as a "table cloth cover") on the front of the panels , tucked into a wooden frame and the back covered with ply wood or similar.

Probably cause the hard plastic referred to in this thread costs an arm and a leg here. Am going to try that for next (hmm.. this) year.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016, 09:06:52 PM »
I used .o93 Lexan it is easy for your local shop to sher to size.  I made a box with 1x6s and used a table saw to cut a track  1/8 wide for the Lexan to slide into.  Sealed it with  silicon. 15 inches of rain the last 6 weeks with no water issues. My size is 4 panels hi x 5 panels wide. If I make another I might go 1/4 tk. It was tricky getting the .093 to go in. Very flexible.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 09:08:20 PM »
I payed approximately  65$ each for 4x8 sheets . Purchase from a local plastic supplier.  Piedmont plastics.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016, 09:19:11 PM »
I think there is more than a handful, I have seen quite a few enclosure pictures on here.

Let's call them out :)))

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2016, 09:21:54 PM »
I have seen a few.  Gil is one who I think created a Jumbotron this year.

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Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 09:29:26 PM »
Gil, Dave, Phil, Daryl, Jon, Tom, Gerry, Charles....  and that's just off the top of my head.

Actually I thought it was Gerry but now that I think about it I can't remember who made the pdf showing their panel enclosure.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2016, 06:21:18 AM »
I did it with wood frame and plastic shower curtain from Walmart $5.  Tons of rain and freezing temps no problem.  Two 4x1 tune to signs.  I did shower curtain because of cost and knowing I would be redoing them this year (changing to 3x4 tune to signs, and making 7x7 matrix).  Shower curtain worked great!

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2016, 12:03:37 PM »
P10 Panel 7x6 (224x96 pixels)
http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php?topic=1828

I've seen this in person and it's nice.

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Re: Plexiglas for P10 matrix
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2016, 12:46:37 PM »
Any idea on what thickness is desired or a minimum that should be used?

This is the Polycarbonate I used.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#8574k125/=10lggum

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