I used a regular toggle switch with RS switch covers and use use the "Flip Method" for a momentary contact but I was wondering what others might be using. I thought about adding a small weatherproof "Pill Box" of somekind, just open the door and push but never seen anything to try in my junk boxes or the medicine cabinet
I asked Brian the same question and he said he does not weather proof the switch it self but the hole that it goes thru. How about the tip of a latex glove if you can fold it over on the back side. How about drilling a hole in a film canister,push your switch thru your box then thru the film canister . Then all you have to do is to remove the cover to push the switch.
The little silicon Primer pump (dome shaped) off a small two cycle carburator like a weedeater or chain saw should work fine. They are a dollar each. You should be able to stick it in place with permatex
I usually don't use weather proof switches because they are so expensive and don't necessarily work better than the cheaper ones. I usually buy the cheap ones and if they fail replace them. I have yet to replace one. Seal the switch from the inside of the box and spray a little silicon on the outside metal portion of the switch and you will be surprised how long they last.
We could use the internal mounted pushbuttons that do not have a cover over them and mount them inside the box. Drill a hole over the switch and then just cover the hole with a material that can be moved like rubber. Now when you press rubber the switch behind the rubber and mounted through the hole will be activated. Just a thought.
I have seen some switches that are magnet operated. I haven't tried them yet. They will not handle high currents. I think Jameco has some. Unanswered questions about them are: Will they work mounted inside an ammo can? How easy will it be to press them a certain number of times?
I just put the Counter button and LED outside the box. The timer mode button and LED stay inside. I have been using this button and it seems to be fine in the rain, sleet and snow in my pelican boxes. My friend used a RS hobby box, and had 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of the box.
You could still use the metal box, you just have to bore a 1/2 inch hole in the box, and press copper or brass in the hole. You could put a piece of lexan or plexaglass were you cut the hole, like you do for the camera lense, take a reed switch, glue it to the plastic, and have a magnet and do the same thing.
Again these are just my thoughts.