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I believe the back cover is optional, and has to be bought separately.
That is correct. They have 3 standard sizes to fit all of their panels.
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If you ever need a rear cover for a panel and don't have one?

Buy a piece of Tupperware (etc) that's the same size. Cut out most of the lid, and then screw/glue that lid around the back side of the panel. Now, the container itself snaps into the lid--forming an easily removable and fairly durable cover for it all.

You can notch out something on the side, preferably the bottom, to let the wires pass through.
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Nice tip!. You could even rig a sort of louver at the back for ventilation with an exacto knife (box cutter to you Americans).
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Hey, we have exacto knifes here and a box cutter is something altogether different. Cheers Al
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One word of caution on the Tupperware use, while microwave safe for the most part - they do ignite (catch fire) easily and at a low temp threshold. The Blue Sea covers are available separately and usually not included with purchase of a panel. A wood or fiberglass backing cover can be easily made however. Nice tip and probably tolerable for DC purposes (pity a potential buyer and the surveyor that sees that tho) - but you'll be best to to purchase the backing cover or construct one out of wood or fiberglass IMHO...The covers BTW are ABYC mandated, and the mandate is geared to prevent shock and foreign objects from the live bus(es)...
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Hey, we have exacto knifes here and a box cutter is something altogether different. Cheers Al
Yeah, I misspoke. I had never heard the term "box-cutter" until 9-11, though. I can't remember at the moment what the retracting blade thingies were called here. An exacto knife, of course, is a razor-blade-like pen-shaped thing used in graphics work. It's for finer work than a box-cutter.
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Yeah, I misspoke. I had never heard the term "box-cutter" until 9-11, though. I can't remember at the moment what the retracting blade thingies were called here. An exacto knife, of course, is a razor-blade-like pen-shaped thing used in graphics work. It's for finer work than a box-cutter.
I think you were thinking of a utility knife. The kind with the snap off blades. Or a razor knife that uses the trapezoidal blade with the notch on the back.
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