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spoon.ek9 07-14-2014 04:05 PM

DIY Air Conditioners
 
With the weather the way it is lately, I figured I'd share this here since I've never seen anyone else post it. This is something I actually posted on my fb back in May after watching a few different videos on YouTube. Now, there are quite a few different versions out there, but I found that this is the easiest version to make.

Materials:

90 angle PVC pipe $6
8" fan (used) $10
Styrofoam Box $free
10 ice packs $free

No more having to sweat through summer nights (for super cheap)... Priceless!

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n...80764442_n.jpg

About a week later, I changed the fan to a brand new one from Walmart for less noise and a smaller size with equally good airflow for $8.96 here:

2 in1 clip/base fan | Walmart.ca

From my personal experience, this will blow cold for an entire night or at the very least, colder than your standard fan blowing around warm air!

Get building, post your pics and ENJOY some cheap air conditioning!! :D

tiger_handheld 07-14-2014 04:25 PM

$25 for you to make one for me ;)

SoNaRWaVe 07-14-2014 04:41 PM

i think you got yourself a side business for the summer spoon lol

Doubl3_H 07-14-2014 04:44 PM

Where do you get the Styrofoam box for free?

And for ice, do you use those re usable blue freeze packs?

Ch28 07-14-2014 05:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doubl3_H (Post 8502373)
And for ice, do you use those re usable blue freeze packs?

Yes

quasi 07-14-2014 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doubl3_H (Post 8502373)
Where do you get the Styrofoam box for free?

And for ice, do you use those re usable blue freeze packs?

I seen one where the guy was just using a milk jug filled with water and frozen, would work similar.

J-Chow 07-14-2014 06:18 PM

I just fill 2 x 2L pop bottles with water, freeze em, and place in front of fans.......




After,

I just turn on my ac. :troll:

rsx 07-14-2014 06:19 PM

Portable ac's aren't that expensive and used over the years is a cheap investment.

Soundy 07-14-2014 06:59 PM

Downside with this idea is that it's adding moisture to the air, especially if you're actually using ice rather than ice packs (even with ice packs, you're not removing humidity, just trapping it temporarily). A proper A/C unit dries the air as well as cooling it, which makes the cooling more effective.

I'm using a window-mount A/C right now that we paid $89 for... six years ago. That's basically $15/year, and still going strong.

Mr.HappySilp 07-14-2014 07:09 PM

Great idea! Another way to stay cool is go to a swimming pool, go watch a move(make sure the movie is in for a while so less people watching = cooler theatre) or go to the casino and just watch people play. Casino is actually pretty good air condition is strong and they give free drinks!

AzNightmare 07-14-2014 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spoon.ek9 (Post 8502355)
With the weather the way it is lately, I figured I'd share this here since I've never seen anyone else post it. This is something I actually posted on my fb back in May after watching a few different videos on YouTube. Now, there are quite a few different versions out there, but I found that this is the easiest version to make.

Materials:

90 angle PVC pipe $6
8" fan (used) $10
Styrofoam Box $free
10 ice packs $free

No more having to sweat through summer nights (for super cheap)... Priceless!

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n...80764442_n.jpg

About a week later, I changed the fan to a brand new one from Walmart for less noise and a smaller size with equally good airflow for $8.96 here:

2 in1 clip/base fan | Walmart.ca

From my personal experience, this will blow cold for an entire night or at the very least, colder than your standard fan blowing around warm air!

Get building, post your pics and ENJOY some cheap air conditioning!! :D

Can you provide a bit more pictures and instructions on how to do this?

I'm pretty intrigued and would love to start a DIY A/C project.

Where do you get free styrofoam boxes and free ice packs??

Ch28 07-14-2014 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzNightmare (Post 8502449)
Can you provide a bit more pictures and instructions on how to do this?

I'm pretty intrigued and would love to start a DIY A/C project.

http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/ho...-easy-to-make/

meme405 07-14-2014 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.HappySilp (Post 8502448)
Casino is actually pretty good air condition is strong and they give free drinks!

Warning: This might end up being more expensive than buying an A/C unit.

Xu.Vi 07-14-2014 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzNightmare (Post 8502449)
Can you provide a bit more pictures and instructions on how to do this?

I'm pretty intrigued and would love to start a DIY A/C project.

Where do you get free styrofoam boxes and free ice packs??

Most seafood markets have styrofoam boxes and ice packs. Won't be free obviously but nothing over a couple bucks.

AzNightmare 07-14-2014 07:40 PM

Don't think those products are available in the Canadian Home Depot.
:okay:

SpeedStars 07-14-2014 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xu.Vi (Post 8502459)
Most seafood markets have styrofoam boxes and ice packs. Won't be free obviously but nothing over a couple bucks.

I've got some Styrofoam boxes for free if anyone wants em. Smells like salmon though :heckno:

spoon.ek9 07-14-2014 08:25 PM

haha sorry, forgot to mention I got the box and ice packs from work for free. I can occasionally get one but my buddies have been taking them for their own a/c projects.

my version is quite literally freeze ice packs, cut hole into styrofoam box lid and BOOM, you're done.

there are guys out there who have attached solar panels to their fans so electricity is free too :lol you'd still have to plug it in for the night, but it's a cool idea.

i also keep a spare set of ice packs in the freezer so I can swap in fresh ones.

spoon.ek9 07-14-2014 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doubl3_H (Post 8502373)
Where do you get the Styrofoam box for free?

And for ice, do you use those re usable blue freeze packs?

Yes, I'm using the reusable ice packs. It's just a lot cleaner to deal with than actual blocks or cubes of ice.

fliptuner 07-14-2014 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzNightmare (Post 8502463)
Don't think those products are available in the Canadian Home Depot.
:okay:

Buckets and drainage pipes? Of course they are.

Having said that, I got my portable AC off here for $120, 5 years ago and it's still going strong.

spoon.ek9 07-14-2014 08:34 PM

I'd strongly recommend against using styrofoam boxes that had fish in them lol. it'll stink up your room real quick.. thought that would be obvious :badpokerface:

BrRsn 07-14-2014 09:36 PM

if you have a sliding casement window, as most new houses in vancouver do, you can mount a window air conditioner designed for vertical sliding windows into your horizontal sliding casement window, parts will cost around $120 incl. the air conditioner and materials from home depot


i bought a cheap 5000 btu haier unit from walmart in the states, and used kinda the same method the dude above used except less ghetto for my computer room. Just make sure it's a window on the side of your house so it's not as big of an eyesore lol

rice cooker 07-14-2014 09:41 PM

not worth ur time. it will cool u down a bit if u aim the tube right at ur face but if u expect it to cool ur room down think again. wont even cool a small closet

Noreason 07-14-2014 09:57 PM

How about suggestions for portable air conditioners that are reasonably priced, can cool down a decent sized room, say ~300 sq ft and is quiet enough to let you sleep?

Does that exist? lol - any recommendations from you guys on good portable ones?

rice cooker 07-14-2014 10:00 PM

for 300sq ft will need at least 10k btu probly around $400-500

Noreason 07-14-2014 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rice cooker (Post 8502534)
for 300sq ft will need at least 10k btu probly around $400-500

Cool, any specific brands/models you would recommend? I'm looking for quietness.


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