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Old 06-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #21
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Thing of it is, is this. I checked craigslist like a shark circling for a few weeks before I had the funds to buy one. When I finally did that's when the effect of "Well now that you want it, good luck finding it' came into play. Where I live and what people post on line runs a combination of seasonal and "I watch enough storage wars to know Darrell's pricing is what I should sell my crap for". If you search around the time navy guys are heading out, you can usually find some nice deals, cheapest I saw for a fridge was 75 which if I had the funds I would've jumped on. After however and a month down the road the cheapest I come across are side by sides ranging from $300-$600. I DID get lucky at one point and found a Danby mini for $50 however when I got out there they'd called my cell and told me the guy found a buyer.

So we opted for the used appliance places. I'd told them my intentions with the fridge I would buy, the woman there told me as long as I didn't 'modify' into the cooling lines or body they'd honor the warranty. Fastfoward to where we are now...I called them and explained what was going on. They said sure load it up on a truck we'll take a look at it, however, the owner may say you voided our 90 day warranty. My truck is being used by my folks and I won't have it for another 2 weeks give or take. I asked if they could pick it up. Apparently I'm just a leg hair out of their service area BUT....their boss said he'd pick it up if I was willing to pay 120 bucks. (this place is maybe 20-25min away) And their pickup date would be the 14th of July. So I opted to go the route of repairmen.

I knew what I was getting into with an old fridge and the possibilities of what can and will likely happen, I told myself if the cost of repair is greater than what I paid I won't do it. That'd be a waste. On top of that once I have a chance to talk to the guy after he's looked at it if he says it's not worth it or he can fix it but it'll be living life on life support then I'll pour a beer in its memory and burn it in a field. But if it's a simple fix I can live with that.

Will just wait and see then take it from there.

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Old 06-29-2013, 02:34 AM   #22
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this is a perfect opportunity to install a temperature controller like the stc-1000! I bet you could figure it out!

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Old 06-29-2013, 11:01 PM   #23
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Since I have nothing else to lose really, for giggles I plugged in the A419 to see what would happen, set it to 35 plugged in. Fridge kicked back on, watched the numbers tick down and the control stopped at 45. Didn't mess with any other settings as I was just curious to see what if anything might happen, the probe is against the side of one of the kegs.

Hell even staring thoughtfully at it is a great deal as it's hot as hell, humidity isn't helping and the coolest place is the garage, may not look like anythings getting done but damned if it doesn't feel good.

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:19 PM   #24
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::UPDATE::
Repair guy came out and, not the therm control, not defrost timer. Fan issue. Top fan needs to be replaced. Will hear back if they actually can find one and if they do or the one in their system is a match it'll run maybe $40.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:26 AM   #25
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So big update. Yes we did finally toss out the old green bastard. Tried and tried to find a fan that'd work for it but nothing came up. Came extremely close with the used appliance place that sold it to me. But that somehow turned into a nightmare conversation and they ended up hanging up on me so that route closed. Thanks to summer deals and someone returning a new fridge because they wanted a larger one I was able to work out a pretty good deal and got a Frigidaire 18.3cu black fridge. So now project Kegerator v2.0 is a go.

Few things this time around though...

*Having an empty still new aluminum 5lb co2 and regulator sitting around I decided to put it to good use. Through someones recommendation here I took the tank and regulator to a welding supply shop and exchanged it minus filling cost for a nitro tank with beer gas and new regulator. Also scored a stout faucet from our local brew club, traded one of my unused perlicks for it. So now I'll be ready to serve stout soon.

*Having two tanks now I need to find a better way to manage them. I could remove one of the top shelves in the door and try using that to hold the tanks, but more likely I'll have to drill through the side or the door and keep the tanks outside. I tried asking one of the delivery guys if he knew where the cooling lines ran in this fridge and he told me they all run through the back, looking at the owners guide I'm left to assume this is true. I just don't know how else to verify this or if anyone else possibly could for my model fridge. I looked at a few other kegerators on here where people drilled for gas line placement and one I ran across that looked pretty ideal to what I think would look best for it(and function pretty well) was someone used a qd on the outside to run the gas through. No idea how i'd do this but any advice or ideas would be welcome as always.

* I may stick with my original faucet plate I made with the stained wood as I'm sure it'd match nice with the black. But after searching Ace hardware and Lowes I'll see if I can track down some silver adhesive strips/paper and possibly look at using this over a thin board to give it a sleek look. Will also be adding some wood to the inside door for the faucet shanks to help give better support.

That's all for now but just happy to say this project is back under way and will hopefully get it done within the next week or two. Things here got pretty hectic so not had a lot of free time. Was having a sprinkler system installed in the backyard, one of the kids doing the job mentioned I may have a 'little' leak coming from the guest house and asked if they should shut the water off, I said sure then went to look at this little leak. If anyone ever pondered what it would look like if a rain cloud got trapped in their garage, I can now answer for them what that would look like. The little leak they talked about turned out to be the upstairs being flooded and draining through down to the garage below. After discussing what little leak and flooding was I took care of it, So now my driveway is full of dirt mounds and grass piles with two work trucks along with two more drying the guest house out and taring carpeting and flooring out. Needless to say this gives me incentive to finish the kegerator as I really need a drink or 5.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:49 AM   #26
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Here's the fridge

Frigidaire 18.3cu #FFHT1814LB
http://www.frigidaire.com/products/K...FHT1814LB.aspx

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Old 08-09-2013, 02:11 AM   #27
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Glad your back on track. Just be careful putting hole in the side. Hopefully someone has your model and can help.

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #28
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Still not heard back on this model so still unsure. If needed I can do a tiny bit of drilling from the inside enough to remove some plastic then dig carefully to see if I come across anything, I'd just like to hear from others first before I do for the added piece of mind.

Was busy this weekend and at least got a new faceplate on to try, seemed to really work with the look of the fridge so will continue on over the next week or two hopefully. here's some pics.

Learning from the first fridge, adding extra support to the shanks inside. Kept three taps closer in and the stout spread a bit out from the group partly because I thought it might look better, but mainly there's a butter tray right around it so 4 together wouldn't work less I tore the door lining. Also raised the stout faucet a bit higher than the others.
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Got a hold of some stainless steel adhesive sheeting from Home Depot and did my best with help from the GF to keep it neat and trim around the faceplate. I would've attempted on my own but there's a reason you can tell who wrapped the 'good' presents at christmas.
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Finished off my Sunday evening with a homebrew and faceplate and all in place. Got the fridge chilling so I can slip my butterbeer inside. Still have the drip trays and tanks to take care of, anything else is strictly cosmetic.
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Got my nitrogen regulator in the mail today which lead to some fun discovery. So the 5lb tank from the welding shop with beer gas used to be co2 tank. So regulator wont fit unless I buy an adapter, or they told me a co2 regulator would work. Since it's a 5lb they told me it should be fine, however if I were using a 10 or 20lb then the nitro regulator and adapter would definitely be needed due to the pressure difference otherwise I should be fine.

Hoses and all picked up, found a good idea off here for running the gas lines through. Got a few feet of gas line and a 3-way splitter so hopefully tomorrow will get the gas lines situated and be that much closer to finished.

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I'd be incline to ask the welding shop to exchange the tank for a true nitro tank, especially since that's what you paid for. Will this tank be a problem when you go to exchange it for another nitro tank when it's empty?

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