Now that the final hardware is complete, it's time to talk about the installation of the weather station at its final home location. I decided it was best to mount it securely to the back of my shed using Ambient Weather's mounting hardware. Before installing your weather station on a permanent mount, I strongly suggest placing it on a temporary mount at the install site, and verify that your station can connect with your WiFi network. I mounted mine on PVC pipe in a patio umbrella stand.
I plugged in the power and went inside to verify that the weather station was able to connect to my WiFi connection and report the current conditions to my Avatar control application. I let it run for a half an hour to verify it can maintain its connection. It worked perfectly so it was time to get out the tools and mount it to the rear wall of the shed. Step one is to mount the brackets to the wall using a level. The two brackets come as 2 separate halves that need to be bolted together. Once bolted together hold the top bracket against the wall and use a level to make sure the bracket is level from side to side, then mark the bolt holes with a pencil so you can remove the bracket and use a drill to make pilot holes for the lag bolts.
Once the top bracket is mounted to the wall, its time to install the bottom bracket. Its recommended to place the two brackets with a 12" spacing. You can use that as your guide, but if 12" straddles a siding slat boundary you can move it up or down to get a flatter area to mount the brackets. Before marking the mounting holes, you must also make sure that the mounting pipe is level. To do this I placed one piece of the pipe in the upper bracket and tightened it and then used a level to make sure both the pipe was level side to side along with the bottom mounting bracket itself. Now mark those holes and drill your pilot holes, then screw the lower bracket in with your lag bolts.
The mounting kit comes with two pole sections so you can stick them together as one fits inside the other and then tighten them in place on the brackets with the bracket screws, make sure to push the pole level front to back and side to side while tightening down, if the levelness is off by too much your wind direction will be biased on very calm days and if your level is really bad your rain gauge may not work properly. At this point I used the 2 hose clamps that came with the weather gauges to secure the thinner pole that the gauge set is already mounted on to the main pole. Next is to connect the wire to the radiation shield that houses the controller board. As you can see in the photo above, I used the ladder to hold the radiation shield while I inserted the controller board with the cables already attached since the cables are not long enough to reach the ground.
Next, I recommend plugging in the controller board and make sure it can connect to your WiFi and begin sending back data. Once you've verified the system is working properly you can tie wrap the cables in place and if possible hide your electric cord running to the control board.
Here is the finished product with all cables secured with tie wraps and I was able to push the power cord into the siding corner trim so it makes a nice clean installation with no dangling wires which also is functional because secured wires have much less chance of being accidentally pulled out. I'll have to do another article on how to send the data to the Weather Underground (wunderground.com), but until then here is a link to my Saddlebrook Palms weather station page.
Hope this helps you with your own weather station mounting and as always if you have any questions or would like to have any missing details better explained please leave a comment. Until next time happy making!