Earlier this summer I finished fencing in our backyard so we’d have a place to leave our dog. The downside is that because it is blocked by the driveway we can’t really see into the yard from in the house. I wanted to setup a dropcam so we could monitor him from inside.
I started to look around and found a couple of good posts on building a weatherproof and weather resistant case for the drop camera. These were a bit more than what I was looking for. I wasn’t going to leave this outside 24/7 and I wanted to easily take the camera in and out. I’d most likely be using it on the weekends and days when I worked from home for a couple of hours at a time.
I used Jamie’s basic design and decided to make some modifications along the way. The sets are below but let me know if you have any questions.
Round 1 Supplies from HomeDepot
As you can see the trap adapter has a screw end and looks roughly the same as the camera.
The camera fits nicely inside.
The next step is to cut a plexiglass disc that will fit inside the screw top.
I left the plastic on while cutting and fitting. Once cut I needed to sand the disc a bit to get it to fit sung in the top.
After this you can dry fit this by screwing it onto the base. Drop the camera inside and measure for the usb plug.
Mark and cut.
Cut and fit for the usb cable.
Dry fit everything again (can’t hurt).
My original plan was to cut an additional piece of plexiglass and bond that to the back. I swapped that for a black rubber gasket which is much easier to get on and off.
Here is the whole thing assembled. I secured the plexiglass with the waterproof calk by applying it to both the inside lip and outside edge.
One note about the cap. I just put this over the back. It is large enough that you could slide it all the way passed the USB cable. If you cut a hole through that it would be much more secure.
Here is a test shot from inside.
I haven’t figured out how to easily mount it but I did a quick zip tie job for today to test it out.
And a shot from the camera in action, this still had the protective over it. When I removed it the image quality is much better.
All in I think that it cost around $10 to make.