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Forum topic by Tzweber posted 11-21-2018 06:13 PM 321 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tzweber

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11-21-2018 06:13 PM

I picked up a brand new rotary phase converter for half price last week thanks to a guy losing a commercial building lease. I have a cabinet/workbench under my electrical panel and was thinking it would be nice to put the phase converter in the cabinet where it would be protected somewhat from dust. Have any of you put a phase converter inside a cabinet? I know they make heat running and I’m wondering if that will be a problem. Don’t want to put the phase converter any further away from panel than necessary because the largest gauge most expensive wiring for it runs from the panel to converter.


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#1 posted 11-21-2018 06:51 PM

What brand did you get. Some are really noisy my first was and just kept getting louder,so in thinking it might vibrate the crap out your cabinet.
That would be my first concern the venting would be second and easily worked out.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 07:04 PM

Motor is a TEFC Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled motor, its going to need some air movement.

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#3 posted 12-01-2018 03:22 AM

Sorry about long delay to respond. Got a little crazy around the farm lately. The converter is a Phoenix brand converter. Guy I bought it from said he had to put rubber pads under it to keep neighbors from complaining so I’m guessing it’s not a very quiet motor. I haven’t built the cabinets yet so I’m thinking of doing a heavy custom based of 6×6s to mount it on and then build base cabinet around it. As far as flow I’m thinking a door with a furnace filter for the panel and a exhaust fan of some sort out side of cabinet may make it happy but I’m not sure what kind of heat it will produce.

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 03:30 AM

Oh bummer that’s the one I had.
Mine sat on a concrete slab with rubber feet and it still vibrated the wall.
I sold it because I wanted a bigger one. My service from Edison was upgraded.
I hope it works for you if you add some air flow I think it will be fine.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 12:14 PM

Hopefully since I sheeted the walls with 1” smartsiding type OSB it’s not as prone to shaking as a regular wall. I overbuilt this shed a bit you could say.

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