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    us
    Oct 2018
    NE Ohio
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    DIY Equinox control head cover

    After the first time I got my Nox covered in mud, I took some ballistic nylon we had laying around and made a makeshift cover for it. I sew fishing related bags that arenít available for purchase, so thatís where I learned how to sew. I make custom built fly rods, and then make custom bags for them. Itís actually mentally relaxing for me with my engineering background. The weird part is making stuff inside out!

    Anyway, the original cover was not the best because I threw it together quickly, so yesterday I took the time and made a pattern for a new cover. I had fuzzy backed vinyl left over from a project, so I made the brown one first. It also has a light gage of clear vinyl on the face. The black one was a PIA! The fuzzy back was way too fuzzy to work with, but I made it work because I wanted a black cover. The black one also has a heavier gage clear vinyl, and this was much easier to work with. The two clear vinyls and brown vinyl both came from the cheap fabric section at Walmart for a couple of bucks.

    The pieces are relatively small, so I used crafters tape to hold the pieces together before sewing, and that made things a lot easier. Pay attention that the bottom of the front, back and sides do not have any salvage. After assembly, I used bias tape to finish the bottom edge, then used a cut up 8Ē Velcro wire tie to hold the bottom together. Youíll figure it out!

    Tip for whomever will be sewing. After cutting out the panel pieces, sew the two sides to the top then miter the corners. Cutout the opening in the back panel (you can border it with bias tape if you like, but not necessary), then sew that to the sides and top, using the bottom as the starting point. The clear vinyl is the last panel to be sewn in. When the last panel is sewn in, turn the cover right side out then bind the bottom with bias tape. Attach the Velcro.

    This is not a tutorial, and I barely know what Iím doing myself. The tips are because I made and learned from my mistakes, not because Iím smart. The pattern will work for either Equinox, and the pattern is what's important if you know someone who can sew one up for you. These are available for purchase on fleabay for $23-33 each. Thatís why I made these for me...Iím cheap, and retired with time in my hands.

    Good luck!

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  2. #2
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    Title? old fart

    Jun 2014
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  3. #3
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    Metal Detecting & Hotwheels Collecting

    Sep 2014
    Finger Lakes Region, Upstate NY
    Nox 600, Tesoro, Bounty Hunter, Deteknix
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    Nice job, thanks 4sharing
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    us
    Oct 2014
    Massachusetts
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    Very nice addition, congrats!
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    Thank you for sharing!
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    Colonel

    Jan 2014
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    I love innovation like this.

    One suggestion; be careful about covering up the vent/speaker holes on the back of the control box. I had a cover that obstructed the back and in the hot Florida summer sun, my NOX overheated and started to malfunction. I removed the cover, let the Nox cool down and all returned to normal. Since then, I've cut a hole in the back to allow the vent holes to "breath" and all is well.

    You may not experience this problem in NE Ohio but it's something you may want to keep an eye on.

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    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 & 600, Tesoro Compadre 720i Stealth Scoop
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    Great job and craftmanship!


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