Surface mount 20 inch width box with hinged door

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Old 04-22-18, 04:33 PM
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Surface mount 20 inch width box with hinged door

I am looking for a surface mount 20 inch width box at least 20-30 inches tall with a hinged door (2 inches or so depth would be perfect, but the 5-6 inches of a std box is no issue). A lock would be a nice bonus but not required.

I found steel panelboards are super cheap and in nice sizes:
https://www.supplyhub.com/products/d...electric-ab31b

However I have searched everywhere and I can't find a cheap hinged door. Full guts are very expensive which I don't need in any case. I just want a door to go on the box. Also limited by the fact I want a full door rather then those doors that cover the exposed wiring with a bezel then have a little door to access the fuses.

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A little background, I have a network closet with a standard rackmount switch among other things. Its very noisy and takes up a large chunk of the shelf of the closet. As such I would like to mount it inside a virtual enclosure to both make it quieter and free my closet shelf. There are vertical cabinets made for this that would do the trick. However they are $300+ which seems a bit crazy for what amounts to a box with some venting.

For example this case here:
https://www.blackbox.com/en-us/store...pment/RMT351LA

Rack U's are 19inches and 1.75 high. I can get a a bracket and mount it up inside a box. Bracket is $20-30 depending how many U's I get, for example:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...8842-_-Product

I will be cutting holes, adding venting and perhaps 3d printing some airflow handling for the inside.
 
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Old 04-22-18, 04:45 PM
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Any time you add a hinge cover it will greatly increase the cost.

Here is one, but it is 8" deep: https://www.zoro.com/wiegmann-enclos...oaAjy_EALw_wcB

Here is one that is 20x20x6": https://www.rexelusa.com/usr/Root-Ca...evPageNumber=0

Another option would be to order a panel board tub which will be 20" x 18-44" x 6" which are stupid cheap (about $20 at the supply house) https://www.vikingelectric.com/c/ite...earchPage=true and have a cover made for the tub. Or you can buy a hinged cover and have it welded on the tub.
 
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It seems really strange a box is like $20 but add a door and it becomes $180+. I guess my lack of cheap cover is more then not knowing keywords to Google.

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$180 for the cover sounds about right for online pricing. The same B44 price I found onlin is $100.
Cost of a hinged cover for that same B44 tub is about $100. https://www.steinerelectric.com/p/si...20w-44h/470742 but I have seen it elsewhere for over $500!!

Part number for the hinged cover is S44H
Part number for the tub is B44
They also make a B32 (32") B38 (38") and a B32 (32")

I am not sure if the cover will attach to the tub but it looks like it would. I normally use a flush cover or surface cover.
 
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If the enclosures are cheap, i'd consider just adding a wood cabinet door or a piece of plywood with hinges as the door. It would probably be quieter too.

It sounds like it's all low voltage, so shouldn't matter what material you use.
 
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Yeah, nothing exposed, all equipment has its own covers. Just worried about sound and anything getting bumped as its at the back of a closet and would like a decent seal so my air handling works properly. I might have to go the route of a cabinet door or some plywood.
 
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Old 04-23-18, 03:17 AM
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Ummm, what about a surface mount medicine cabinet? I mean the press wood type with just doors, no mirror. Bout 23" wide, varying heights, normally about 3 1/2" deep?

If it were me...I'd just build one out of 3/4 particle board or plywood. Depends on your woodworking tool situation and skill level.
 
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