Low cost sun shield for weather sensors

The white plastic radiation shields that protect the temperature, humidity and other sensitive sensors from any direct sunlight can be built for bargain. I started with trays from local garden shop. They sell for about 10 cents per tray with diameter 120mm (5 inches). About 10 trays were CNC machined:

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Complete parts list:

  • 11 lids, 120mm dia
  • three M4 rods with nuts
  • about 20cm of 4mm pneumatic tube

After machining 10 lids it’s time to assemble the shed. First drill three holes in last, not-machined lid. This will be the roof. Next attach three M4 rods to the roof and secure with the nuts.

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Cut the pneumatic tube to 10mm pieces. Use as distancers between lids:

shed2

When last lid is in place, fix together with three nuts. Finally, the “one dollar” shed is ready for new sensors:

shed4

This shed will be used for temperature and humidity sensor.

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