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MiniMe

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01-24-2020 03:09 PM

Hi guys

Let’s say I want to build this clear window to see if my dust separator is full or not:
What is the cheapest material I could use for this and a good way to glue it there? What glue worked for you ? The bin is a cheap Rubbermaid from Home Depot. the walls are solid, last night I put the lid and a cinder block on it and with the blower (3/4HP) started the walls did not collapse or anything.


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EarlS

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#1 posted 01-24-2020 03:26 PM

polycarbonate at your local HD or Lowes. Use silicone

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 04:18 PM



polycarbonate at your local HD or Lowes. Use silicone

- EarlS


that was the first thing I looked at…not cheap for the purpose
https://www.homedepot.ca/search?autoSuggest=polycarbonate&q=polycarbonate:relevance&sort=price-asc

I am not going to pay $40 for a clear sheet

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#3 posted 01-24-2020 05:04 PM


polycarbonate at your local HD or Lowes. Use silicone

- EarlS

that was the first thing I looked at…not cheap for the purpose
https://www.homedepot.ca/search?autoSuggest=polycarbonate&q=polycarbonate:relevance&sort=price-asc

I am not going to pay $40 for a clear sheet

- MiniMe

Half the price… you’re welcome!

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/optix-clear-acrylic-sheet-080-inch-x-18-inch-x-24-inch/1000126291

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 01-24-2020 05:09 PM

I have a home town hardware store that sells plexiglass by the s.f.
They also sell remnants, so I picked up a scrap and installed it on my 50 gallon fiber drum with silicone and aluminum rivets. Works great, and I haven’t overfilled my dust bin yet!

Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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MiniMe

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#5 posted 01-24-2020 05:11 PM


polycarbonate at your local HD or Lowes. Use silicone

- EarlS

that was the first thing I looked at…not cheap for the purpose
https://www.homedepot.ca/search?autoSuggest=polycarbonate&q=polycarbonate:relevance&sort=price-asc

I am not going to pay $40 for a clear sheet

- MiniMe

Half the price… you’re welcome!

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/optix-clear-acrylic-sheet-080-inch-x-18-inch-x-24-inch/1000126291

- HuckleberryWoodWrks


Thank you
Their search engine is crap… I used polycarbonate as keyword.
I think I should have used acrylic…

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#6 posted 01-24-2020 05:15 PM


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polycarbonate at your local HD or Lowes. Use silicone

- EarlS

that was the first thing I looked at…not cheap for the purpose
https://www.homedepot.ca/search?autoSuggest=polycarbonate&q=polycarbonate:relevance&sort=price-asc

I am not going to pay $40 for a clear sheet

- MiniMe

Half the price… you’re welcome!

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/optix-clear-acrylic-sheet-080-inch-x-18-inch-x-24-inch/1000126291

- HuckleberryWoodWrks

Thank you
Their search engine is crap… I used polycarbonate as keyword.
I think I should have used acrylic…

- MiniMe

I used plexiglass. You can usually find it cheaper on the shelves at the box stores then what the site shows. Not to say the prices are different but that the selection you see in store, you can’t always find online.

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ibewjon

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#7 posted 01-24-2020 05:16 PM

Menards and home Depot sell small sheets. And my local store will cut to order and has scraps also. No need for a $40 sheet.

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Kelly

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#8 posted 01-24-2020 08:39 PM

I grab plastics every chance I get. It gets used for projects like yours, router bases and so on. Dead flat screens are a wonderful source.

This is the view port I put on my can for my cyclone. I just drilled holes, then riveted the plastic to the can. Then I applied silicone. An incense tests doesn’t reveal any leaks.

For this, even 1/8” thick stuff would work.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 01-24-2020 10:29 PM

M’M’, you should be able to pick up some offcut perspex/acrylic from your local shop-fitter/cabinet-maker for free… either forage through their scrap bin or just ask… don’t expect big pieces but what they will be prepared to donate would fix this need.

Use a heat gun and mould the plastic to the contour of your bin. Use silicon for the sealant and pop rivet to the outside… the dusty suction will tend to pull it against the bin side (rather than rip it off the inside wall)...

Now that solution is only as good as your memory to regularly check the window… I was a tad too conservative on the size of my window. My window used to clag up with static and sawdust and I usually discovered the bin was full when my dusty’s collector bags started to fill.

My more expensive but sure fire solution was to install an Oneida Dust Sentry Bin Level Indicator,

the strobe light is hard to ignore,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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MiniMe

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#10 posted 01-24-2020 11:16 PM

With that you are right on my alley! A BIG THANK YOU!

They are asking for $134 for this…you can improvise one with a garage door safety sensor $54 on Amazon
I bet you the sensor is around 10USD … and you can hook it to your home automation system or phone
works like described here https://www.electronicshub.org/ir-sensor/
5 sensors for 11 bucks :-))
I am going to try this one



https://usa.banggood.com/AC-220V-IR-LED-Strip-PIR-Body-Infrared-Motion-Sensor-Switch-Automatic-Light-Switch-p-1160277.html?gmcCountry=CA&currency=CAD&createTmp=1&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc_bgcs&utm_content=yixuan&utm_campaign=pla-cag-rm-0801-purchase-pc&ad_id=374991669108&cur_warehouse=CN

I am going to buy this little guy and hook it to my

M M , you should be able to pick up some offcut perspex/acrylic from your local shop-fitter/cabinet-maker for free… either forage through their scrap bin or just ask… don t expect big pieces but what they will be prepared to donate would fix this need.

Use a heat gun and mould the plastic to the contour of your bin. Use silicon for the sealant and pop rivet to the outside… the dusty suction will tend to pull it against the bin side (rather than rip it off the inside wall)...

Now that solution is only as good as your memory to regularly check the window… I was a tad too conservative on the size of my window. My window used to clag up with static and sawdust and I usually discovered the bin was full when my dusty s collector bags started to fill.

My more expensive but sure fire solution was to install an Oneida Dust Sentry Bin Level Indicator,

the strobe light is hard to ignore,

- LittleBlackDuck


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#11 posted 01-24-2020 11:23 PM

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 01-24-2020 11:28 PM



..... I am going to buy this little guy and hook it to my…..
- MiniMe

If you do, please write up a blog/review with plenty of pictures and electrical diagrams (I spend too much shekels to compensate for my lack of technical know how) ... I’m sure my people would love you for it… and if they don’t, I have 3 mini DD’s that this cheap little gizmo could easily be attached to.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 01-24-2020 11:33 PM


And the DIY instructions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAWslxNC7e4
- MiniMe

Thanks for that. Will need to look more closely… at first glance, all those electronics scared the bjesus outta me… The closest I am comfortable with electronics (other than turning on a switch or plugging in a powerpoint) is to screw a switch mount onto an architrave.. after the sparkie has done all the wiring.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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MiniMe

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#14 posted 01-24-2020 11:37 PM

This guy is measuring the snow level on his roof with a similar sensor!
http://www.geekstips.com/arduino-snow-depth-remote-sensing-with-ultrasonic-sensor/

I don’t know if I will ever have time to try it but this is doable and relatively simple
Not sure about the economics of selling it but I can surely produce that for less than 25USD.

Note: this is going to be wifi :-)) “no strings attached”

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 01-24-2020 11:57 PM

Might get an electrician buddy to look into it for me…

Had a closer look at the $6.95 item… not so much for me as I have it covered by my Oneida, however, for a woodie buddy.

It is a motion sensor that would be tripped by flying chips even when virtually empty..

The more expensive IR meters seem to be the way to go.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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