Living in a snowy climate and wanting a cool, water resistant, and straight up bizarre way of measuring snow depth, I turned to plasticy materials and LEDs.
Want a durable and different way of measuring the snow depth yourself? Read on!
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Step 1: Parts
What you need:
- 8'x5.5"x1" Trex Composite Decking cut into 16" lengths
- 1/4" Threaded Insert
- 1/4" Screw
- 3 feet of 3/4" PVC Pipe
- 6" of 1/2" PVC Pipe
- 2 - 3/4" PVC End Cap
- 1 - 3/4" PVC Coupling
- LED strip
- 12 vdc Power Supply
- Switch I used RadioShack SKU: 275-1537
Step 2: Build Base
I chose Trex because it's made to be outside, it's heavy, and doesn't need to be treated at all.
Take your 6 boards that were cut to 16" each and screw them together. Make sure that they are square with each other. Shave the smallest board down on the sides with your table saw so that your bottom boards don't stick out from underneath your top boards. Sand the rough edges.
Step 3: Clean PVC Pipe
Take the 3' length of PVC and sand smooth.
Step 4: PVC Pipe Bracket
Create the bracket for the PVC Pipe. Follow the pictures.
Step 5: Threaded Insert
Follow directions for the size of hole and hex key to use.
Step 6: Measure and Mark Depth
Using a square or ruler attach PVC pipe and mark depth.
Step 7: Drill Hole for Power
Route power through the boards.
Step 8: LED Time
Shave a piece of 1/2" PVC pipe into a wedge to hold the LED strip on the top and bottom.
Drill holes through the bottom plug and thread through the wires.
Solder wires and trim plug.
Step 9: Stencil Depth
Stencil numbers. I used sharpies. Time will tell if it fades or not.
Step 10: Build Mount
Build something to put your snow gauge on. I originally built this shelf but later chose to turn it into a table 6" tall. See intro pictures.
Step 11: Wire
What cooler switch is there than a knife switch!?!?
Choose where you want your switch and how you want to get power to the snow gauge.
Simple as that! Flip your switch and laugh like a mad scientist bringing his creation to life!