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    #1 17.088 ^2, Jul 26, 2017
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    This is not a joke... I mean it, I need help to find one or two payphone hoods.
    The most plausible solution I could think of was to find one (or two) old payphone hoods (sometimes misleadingly referred to as a booth). Finding such a creature however, is proving to be difficult.

    I live in Minnesota. We have this cold white stuff on the ground that's called... SNOW.
    ...and when you get a lot of it, one uses a snow thrower to move it around.

    I've just completed the most difficult part of preparing for one (or two) Tesla High Power Wall Connectors (HPWC?), that being the burying several PVC conduits in a ~20+ inch deep trench out to an 8"x8" post I've mounted along one side of the driveway...
    ...exactly in line with the area that most of our snow gets thrown to.

    I originally had planned on purchasing an enclosure sold by Milbank, part no. CPEV00A0JSW1 (rated NEMA 3R) that they USUALLY sold with their own EVSE. [50 & 5/16" tall, by 17 & 7/16" deep by 12 & 3/8" wide]
    See URL: http://www.milbankworks.com/images/electrical-vehicle-img2.gif
    The problem? I have a hard time justifying the $794.67 price for a $500 EVSE.

    So, I thought of an alternative... The now obsolete (pay)phone hood/booth.
    https://trevorhowsam.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/image1-383x1024.jpg
    If I can protect the Tesla EVSE from the worst of the snow thrower's actions AND keep it mostly out of the rain, such a phone hood should be good enough.

    Now comes the hard part...
    I can't find any (reasonably priced) phone hoods for sale, either here in MN or in nearby state.


    {Note that I did not plunk down my $1000 deposit until October 6th, so I have quite a while to wait. Solving the find-the-hood issue would be nice to have done before winter comes, but this may not be a necessity.}


    Can any of you offer up suggestions as to where to shop and/or alternatives to protect the EVSE?

    Note that I have NOT (yet) begun shopping at local antique shops and building material recyclers.



    17.088 ^ 2


    p.s./FYI:
    https://shop.teslamotors.com/products/wall-connector-with-24-cable

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      Try looking under "payphone". I typed that in and got a few hits.
       
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      You could use an outdoor fire extinguisher box. They come in a variety of sizes, are inexpensive, and are easy to install.

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        I should not have written my original post in a way that could be implied to be time sensitive.

        It looks like I will have at LEAST until mid-2018 to finalize the 8"x8" post I'm working on for the EVSE.
        I still would prefer to have one of the payphone hoods of days-gone-by, but in the mean time, I have thought of a few alternatives.
        I'll share them here in case there are other people whose EVSE will be mounted in places vulnerable to a snow-thrower's output.

        -----

        I have yet to inspect it in person, but my current thinking is to get something like...

        Shop at the local "Mills Fleet Farm" for either:

        Plano 56 Qt. Sportsman Tub
        Plano
        Product #: 0000000087079
        $12.99 - $14.99
        https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/plano-56-qt-sportsman-tub/0000000087079?Ntt=tub

        or

        Plano 68 Qt. Sportsman Tub
        Plano
        Product #: 0000000087080
        $19.99 - $24.99
        https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/plano-68-qt-sportsman-tub/0000000087080?Ntt=tub

        Otherwise...
        Shop at the local "Tractor Supply" store for:

        TuffTubs.com's "Heavy Duty Rectangular Tank", or one of the Oval shaped ones,
        then cut off the (then) bottom side for the cord to hang down.
        http://www.tufftubs.com/htdocs/KMR75.htm
        http://www.tufftubs.com/htdocs/plinoval.htm


        Lag-bolt the tub to the column, on its (intended) bottom side to the vertical, and cut off the (then) bottom for the cable; not perfect, but cheap(er).

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        The above are far from the solution I'd prefer, but cheap and short-term adequate will allow for a future better solution.
        And I now also have the TIME to look for a better solution.

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          Make something from acrylic sheets?
           
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          If you're talking about what I think you are, it would shatter in the cold when a chunk of ice is accidentally shot through the snowthrower.
           
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            Hey, now we have more information!
            This is called an "L31 Payphone Enclosure".

            Now your searches can be a bit more directed.
            I'm finding a lot more ebay results with this search term.
            [​IMG]
             
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            or contact a local sheetmetal fab guy and have whatever shape made you want
             
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              Garsh...

              Wow. Thanks for your work. Out of town now, will check links as possible.

              BTW, using an I.C.E. Kia Sportage for car camping. Trip would have been impossible with Nissan Leaf as there's ZERO (non-Tesla) Fast DC charging network here, in Wisconsin.

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              WOW.
              It's a little bit overkill for just one HPWC, but if I hadn't already installed the post, it would have been perfect for two of them. Nuts, opportunity lost.
              But now I know what to ask for!

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                I thought about that, but decided it would take up too much space on the driveway, and not be very practical. The 104FT is both functional and does of course make SOME sort of a statement.

                BTW, I'm still looking for one from local sources in MN, but now I at least know the technically correct name for it.
                 
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                  Huh, this didn't show up in payphone.com's index.
                  Cheaper version of the 104FT.
                  "Units are in like-new condition and may have minor scratches or scuff marks."
                  Available in blue "Bell South" or silver "Sprint".
                  https://www.payphone.com/104FT-Blue-Bell-South.html, $79
                   

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