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Old 05-15-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default DIY Walk In Cooler Build

I've decided to build a 144" x 80" outer dimension walk in cooler off the back wall of my garage. Eventually, I plan to have an insulated trunk line through the wall with a number of taps in the garage with keg storage in the walk in. Ghettogyle Greg is my brewing brother/neighbor and has been helping with this project thus far.

Should be a fun project. I have a budget of about 3K left and I've spent about 1K so far (but this includes a 12' x 6' lean-to shed which is framed out now but needs to be sheathed, roofed and painted). I expect the shed to free up a fair amount of space in the garage that I can use to more comfortably brew. I've got way too much schit in my garage.

I currently have way too many chest freezers so I thought a consolidation of these via a walk in would be a good idea. I will use this thread to document the process. I also need more bottle storage as I have a significant collection of commercial and homebrewed beer in 750 mL bottles that I could be doing a better job of cellaring with.

So far I have a 6" deep base course foundation that has been solidified with portland cement, squared and leveled concrete footer pads and a waterproofing treated 2x6 base built. The base is lagged to the garage wall and is not going anywhere. I plan on insulating the space in the floor and getting a 6 mil LDPE vapor barrier sheeting and hopefully 3/4" tongue and groove OSB flooring down by the end of the weekend. I decided to forego an insulated slab/foundation as that would eat up my budget significantly. It would definitely be more ideal but if I went this route, I would be broke before I could conceivably finish the walk in. I think a well insulated raised floor should suffice at a significantly lower price.

Here's the floor as it stands now.



And today I put in staggered 1/3rd spacing cross-members. This should allow me to support more weight in the cooler once it is finished.

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:15 AM   #2
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Damn it looks like you live on the moon.

But good luck i dream of doing something like that.

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That's the Southwest for you man.

Dry as a bone right now too with the drought we are in. The upside is I never have to mow the lawn. I bet most of you can't say that. More time for brewing...

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Small update, today I bought a Coolbot, an AC unit and I'm talking to a guy about a used walk in cooler door right now. Tomorrow I plan on hitting up the Home Depot in the AM for a large building supplies run.

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OP, I saw your avatar and location and now the song is stuck in my brain.

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Sorry about that. At least it is a good song to get stuck in your mind. There are about a million ones that would be much worse.

Here's the Furthur version from last New Years in SF, which was kicking ass. Videos don't do it justice.

http://youtu.be/0HxaCOaXlBk

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Oh, I wasn't complaining. I saw a lot of Dead shows between 1978 or so and 1995 and I swear they played Jack Straw at almost every one of them. Fun times!

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Got to go to Tulsa, next train we can ride. Gotta settle one old score. One small point of pride....

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I have wanted to build one of these to hang deer and other meats in as well as lager. But, half that size, kudos man ill be watching to learn!

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It was a song that was in heavy rotation throughout. They played Jack Straw 473 times from '71 to '95, with the only years it not being played in '75 and '76, both of which were the years they were on break (only 4 shows played in '75, and the long 5 full month break in '76).

I'm really more of a Help > Slip guy but I love a good Jack Straw as well.

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