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Old 10-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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I have a standard fridge, freezer on top, that I am making into a fermenting chamber. For heat I am mounting an infrared reptile bulb inside the fridge. My ebay temp controller will be in a project box mounted on the outside of the top of the unit.
My question is, what is the best way to run the power wires to the bulb inside the fridge as well as well as the temp reading wire? I thought about just running the wires over the door frame and putting some duct tape over them.....but worried the fridge door won't seal correctly? Is there a spot anyone has found you can drill a small hole without damaging anything? Or any other ideas?
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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I have CO2 and temperature probe lines running into both beer fridges through holes drilled through the back, located at the top left corner of the fridge compartment. Before I drilled the holes I got on to a replacement parts web site to check their diagrams for the two fridges to make sure there wasn't anything I was going to hit...

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Good idea.... I will do some research thanks!

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There may be some sort of drain for defrosting the freezer as well.

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dont drill just use awl or punch and work it through

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dont drill just use awl or punch and work it through
And this is an advantage...how?

The sharp edges left by smacking a punch through thin sheet metal doesn't sound like a great idea when pushing wires through...

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And this is an advantage...how?

The sharp edges left by smacking a punch through thin sheet metal doesn't sound like a great idea when pushing wires through...

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If im guessing its because you can maybe have less chance of hitting a coolant line? Or if you do that it wont break it?
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Cut a small piece of the interior plastic and feel around with a screw driver before you drill. Then, drill from into the side from the inside. No schematics needed. Last thing you want to do is hit a refrigeration line. Hit one.....and its off to the dump, dump, dump. Worse case scenario this way is you might end up having an extra piece of plastic missing on the inside. Big deal.

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Cut a small piece of the interior plastic and feel around with a screw driver before you drill. Then, drill from into the side from the inside. No schematics needed. Last thing you want to do is hit a refrigeration line. Hit one.....and its off to the dump, dump, dump. Worse case scenario this way is you might end up having an extra piece of plastic missing on the inside. Big deal.
This is how I drilled through mine. Much easier than I thought, a razor blade and steady pressure cut right through the interior plastic. Dig out the insulation and drill your hole with no fear of hitting a coolant line.
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If im guessing its because you can maybe have less chance of hitting a coolant line? Or if you do that it wont break it?
Hard to see how that works...

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