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Zinwell Switch Enclosure - Ideas?

ADONY
02-27-2009, 06:20 PM
The 6 x 8 Zinwell switch that is installed in my system is exposed to the elements and I want to enclose it within an enclosure. The only ones that I can find would make the cable connections extremely hard to get at and the cable bends excessive. Has anyone enclosed their Zinwell in an enclosure and if so, what kind / size is it? Looking for sources to obtain one! Thank you.

justinbwill
02-27-2009, 06:52 PM
The 6 x 8 Zinwell switch that is installed in my system is exposed to the elements and I want to enclose it within an enclosure. The only ones that I can find would make the cable connections extremely hard to get at and the cable bends excessive. Has anyone enclosed their Zinwell in an enclosure and if so, what kind / size is it? Looking for sources to obtain one! Thank you.

If you are that worried about it why not relocate it to your attic (near the entrance so it's easily to get to. Now if they are using the 6x8 as the "ground block", then you would have to have the 4 lines off your dish goto the ground block.... then into the attic.... then to the 6x8. Depending on how big your house is I would probably charge 100 bucks to do it if I were in your area doing it on the side. Let me see if I can find a picture of what I did..... nope couldn't find one... but here is a diagram... pardon my paint drawing.

If your 6x8 has the little black "booties" over the connectors then I wouldn't worry about it.

You could always get a "Cox box" (cox communications) and put it in there. You will probably have to cut some more holes in it for your lines. Then if you use rocas to clip the lines to your soffit about 3 inches away from the box with some slack going towards the ground (so water won't run into the box that collects on the line) that will do it too. Just enough so gravity makes the water drip off before it gets to your box.

Sykotic
03-01-2009, 07:40 PM
I know that both Cox and Charter use the house boxes large enough to hold a 6x8. But neither have enough holes for all the feeds you need. Normally if the switch is placed on the outside of the house and not in the attic, you must have at least one line that is ran from the outside.

goober22
03-04-2009, 01:24 PM
The 6 x 8 Zinwell switch that is installed in my system is exposed to the elements and I want to enclose it within an enclosure. The only ones that I can find would make the cable connections extremely hard to get at and the cable bends excessive. Has anyone enclosed their Zinwell in an enclosure and if so, what kind / size is it? Looking for sources to obtain one! Thank you.

I use 2 of these for my enclosures. I have a Zinwell WB616 in one and a cable drop amp in the other. The drop amp fit just fine. I did modify the one for the WB616 by removing the plastic panel between the main area and the access area. It is large enough to hold the Zinwell and allow the cables to run without over-bending or crimping. I have the WB616 mounted horizontally with the input wires coming from the bottom and looping back onto the top. The output lines run straight down and out the bottom. The WB68 would be even narrower. It has 4 access holes on the bottom (and a couple on the back). Each ones easily hold 4 cables (or 5-6 if you terminate them AFTER you insert the lines).

http://www.hometech.com/hts/products/wiring/enclosures/weatherproof/gc-11mdegys.html

http://www.hometech.com/hts_images/gc-11mdegys_1.jpg

justinbwill
03-05-2009, 08:57 PM
here is one I did today for a guy.. the pic is with the cover off....

Just for a laugh here is a before and after