How To Build Your Own Outdoor Pagoda for Weather, Air Quality, and Other Sensors

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Ever wanted to build your own affordable outdoor pagoda? This instructable teaches you how to make your own pagoda (a.k.a Stevenson screen or instrument shelter) where you can put a weather, air quality, or any other sensor. After you have everything configured then deploy your pagoda in the field to collect your data and perform remote environmental monitoring. Plus you can make sparks with a dremel as shown in this video!

Step 1: Prepare pagoda layers

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In order to do this DIY pagoda you should have these parts:
- Plates or pot trays or saucers [You can get as many of these as you like depending on how tall you want your pagoda to be. You can get these at a home and/or garden center like Home Depot]
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Dremel
- All Thread Rods (sized depending on how high you want your pagoda to stand)
- Drill with drill bits sized for All Thread Rods
- Plastic or vinyl tubing that fits around your all thread
- Bolts and wing nuts that fit your all thread
- A weather, air quality, other sensor, whatever you want to put inside your pagoda (e.g., Yoctopuce USB sensors connected to an app like Valarm to measure CO2, VOCs, light lumens in lux, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and/or other factors)

The pagoda built here is for housing a basic weather sensor, if you're using your pagoda to measure and monitor air quality then pay close attention to which materials you use since a lot of brand new paint and plastic can give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for days or weeks. 

Initial step: drill 3 holes in your trays to make a triangle to put your all thread rods. In this example green trays were bought and left green so that the pagoda could be discretely deployed in a shady tree, you may want different colors for your deployment location. If your pagoda is going to be in direct sun you can paint it white on the outside and black on the bottom halves of the trays (except for the bottom one since we want ground heat to be reflected).

Once you drill the holes you can use a dremel or any other tool to remove the center portion of the trays (except two plates for the top and one for the bottom of the pagoda to make sure the sensor inside is protected). If the edges of the trays look like they might hold water you can cut holes in the edges to encourage liquid drainage. 
mress2 years ago
it's like a Stevenson screen and should be white:
nice idea, thanks. michelle ress
edward_Valarm (author)  mress2 years ago
Howdy Michelle,

Wonderful, thank you for the information, I updated the first paragraph of the Instructable to include "a.k.a Stevenson screen or instrument shelter"!