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Old 10-20-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Fridge Refurbishment Help Needed!

Ok so I scored my $25 fridge today. Got it home and in the basement. It works good but the outside is in some pretty rough shape.

I don't care about looks but I would like to paint it so you don't get rust all over you if you rub against it and to prevent any further rusting.

I am using this fridge to keep my kegs cold while carbing so I need to drill a hole in it to run the airline to the CO2 bottle that will sit outside the fridge. Where and how is the best way?

Can the fridge support 4 full kegs ok? Do I need to reinforce the floor?

Any other tips?







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Old 10-20-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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Get a tetanus shot.

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Old 10-20-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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I'd get some paint specifically for situations with rust and just paint the thing. Making sure your tetanus is up to date is always sound medical advice

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Old 10-20-2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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I would sand the rough spots a bit, knock off all the loose rust, then paint it with some appliance paint (rustoleum should work fine as well).

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Old 10-20-2010, 09:46 PM   #5
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Am I safe to drill thru the side? Specifically the left?

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Usually there are coils that run through the walls of the fridge, so I would be very careful if you do decide to drill through the side.

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Old 10-20-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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So is the door the only safe bet?

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Old 10-20-2010, 11:44 PM   #8
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Sand it, clean it, then use this stuff: http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=101

They make it in black too! Works great.

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Odds are the evaporator coils are in the freezer compartment. The coils are typically concealed by an aluminum cover. There probably are no evaporator coils in the lower refrigerator section sides or back. The condenser coils are typically on the back of the fridge. So, while it's probably safe to drill a hole anywhere in the lower section, it will still be a very good idea to be certain. Plug it in and run it while checking the interior walls with your hand. Within a few minutes (maybe as much as 10 or 15 min), you should be able to detect the walls getting cold if there are any coils embedded in them. Inspect the freezer compartment and check the same way. You should be able to feel the top and bottom of the freezer compartment getting cold within a short time. Even if you get to the point where you are fairly confident that no coils are in your path, proceed cautiously. Damaging a coil will likely doom the fridge.

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Old 10-21-2010, 12:36 AM   #10
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I got this off of a appliance forumn and this was a response from a refrigerator repair man: "MOST refrigerators have just insulation in the sides.

Old refrigerators had condensors built in the side wall, but today things are different. 98% of new refrigerators have them in other places besides the sides.

I would stay away from the back edge, but 6 holes should be relatively safe.

Good luck, send some beer my way when you're done."

From everything I've read, most coils are on the back, bottom or between the fridge and freezer. I'm going to be drilling some holes in the side of mine soon and feel better about it.

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