Sensor enclosures
activity:sensor-enclosures

Environmental sensors that are used outdoors for long periods often need weatherproof or even waterproof enclosures. This page collects resources and projects to protect electronic and other sensors from the elements. (above [Riffle](/wiki/riffle) image by @cfastie [in this post](/notes/cfastie/06-09-2016/compost-is-hot-says-riffle)) At Public Lab, we emphasize low cost, low complexity tools and techniques, so we're really interested in sensor enclosures that are designed with that in mind -- or that are being designed so! ## Questions Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve. [questions:sensor-enclosures] **** ## Activities Activities show how to use this project, step by step. [activities:sensor-enclosures] ...


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cfastie "How many sensors can a Riffle monitor gracefully? Considering that the typical sensors that might be used are cheap and maybe unreliable, does it ..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "Thanks! I bet the thermal coupling with a temperature probe could be easily accomplished with some heatsink thermal paste connecting the temperatu..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
donblair "Wow, amazing note. Thanks so much for putting all this so nicely together, @mathew!!! Still digging in, but quick thoughts: The 6-32 screws wit..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
liz "Presta valve on a soda bottle - yes! " | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "I wonder if I will miss Markdown when the Rich Editor is implemented. " | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "look at those lists now! thanks! " | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "Let's see if the backslash (\) escape works: #0 machine screw #2 nylon washer In a list: #0 machine screw #2 nylon washer " | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "my bulletted lists of parts are improperly formatted on purpose as a markdown workaround. I can't start a sentence with '#' or it becomes a huge t..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "I was worried about those o-rings... the silicone, while durable, is flexible and doesn't stick down well. Next option is to try poking through a..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
donblair "Yes -- at this point it might very well be possible to do temp, conductivity, and turbidity while only needing to put screws through the cap, and t..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "also, right now this is, like my earlier stopper example, a sealant strategy without sensors to go with it. @Donblair has stuck to his guns on scr..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
tonyc "I'm not seeing any bulk sources that get us a price break over the price on amazon, so I don't really see a reason we should carry it over just lin..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Love it! Maybe we should offer these parts in the store for early experimenters? Just the stopper and some sealant? 2.8oz tubes are for <$4 on a..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
patcoyle "Nice results, real example – 8 weeks is non trivial. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
DavidMack "@gpenzo the 2 ft. of chain would serve as the counter weight, then the chain would connect to a rope which is connected to an anchor. the foam dis..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
gpenzo "I presume you will use a chain to connect this to a weight. Does this design have enough buoyancy to carry the chain wieght? The PVC design looks g..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "the #3 stopper just barely fits under a bottle cap. I'd mentioned trying vulcanized rubber stoppers and that they were too hard-- the problem was p..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "The configuration with the stopper held in firmly with the threaded bottle cap looks really good. How hard is it to get that to work, i.e., to get ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@DavidMack a silicone stopper would be great! they're better in cold temperatures than natural rubber. It also seems like it would bond better with..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "This looks like a surefire way to waterproof the wires. But now you have to waterproof the seal between the stopper and the bottle. Plastic water b..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
DavidMack "what if you got a solid silicone stopper and put two small needle sized holes in it (carefully) and ran each round wire through its own hole. you'..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "this is interesting! I hadn't thought to just use the stopper directly filled with silicone. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
Nashblackcat "@Mathew Mat: It is great for insulation! ASAS has it cheap so you can try it out and not break the bank. http://www.sciplus.com/p/SUPERGLUE-RED-..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
mathew "@cfastie I guess I can't guarantee they didn't leak a bit, but in my experience the rice sticks to the side of the bottle if there is moisture. I'..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago