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Old 10-30-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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Okay, I'm ready to give up bottling and build a keezer. I've researched it to death and just need to get started. I bought a Kenmore 8.8 in black. I'm pretty handy for a girl but electrical is not my thing. I took the screws off the hinges and started to remove the lid when I realized the cord attached to the lid runs to the compressor area and is attached to "stuff" wiring, etc. I assume this powers the light on the underside of the lid, and maybe the alarm off/on button, but in all my research nobody mentioned this. What am I supposed to do with this cord? It is too short to reach the top of the collar I'm going to build. Help! I know you guys will have the answers.....

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If its just wire you could cut it and add a piece of wire using wire nuts that would be long enough to work with your collar

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Okay, I'm ready to give up bottling and build a keezer. I've researched it to death and just need to get started. I bought a Kenmore 8.8 in black. I'm pretty handy for a girl but electrical is not my thing. I took the screws off the hinges and started to remove the lid when I realized the cord attached to the lid runs to the compressor area and is attached to "stuff" wiring, etc. I assume this powers the light on the underside of the lid, and maybe the alarm off/on button, but in all my research nobody mentioned this. What am I supposed to do with this cord? It is too short to reach the top of the collar I'm going to build. Help! I know you guys will have the answers.....
If ya wanna keep the light just snip it, get a new cord to extend it for the height ya want, a little electrical tape and your golden. Or just cut if off all together, if your running a johnson control unit once plugged in it should bybass any alarms that were tied in. The alarm and light should not have any effects on the compressor if removed, I assume ya can turn the alarm from on to off? If ya snip it it would be like in the off positon anyway.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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I will be using a Johnson controller, so if I want the light, just extend the cord, if not I can just cut it and leave it off. Got it. I knew you guys would have fast answers. Okay, I will probably have more questions over the next couple weeks so be patient! Thanks again!

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You may be able to use the light wiring and use it to install a pc fan somehow. There should be a togle swith that cuts power to the lighy when closed, if ya disconect that you shoild have constent pwer to the fan. Keep us posted

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I didn't have to do anything with my wire, it was just long enough to accommodate the collar. Check it before you do any snipping..

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Hey, guys! New to this thread, and I'm trying not to sound too ignorant but I want to build a kegerator. Here is where I am looking for advice, should I use a mini fridge 4.4 or larger, or should I go with a small freezer. Which would be better? Will the freezer freeze the beer, is it just roomier, or just preference. I like my beer COLD so the freezer way would be awesome. Also, for now I brew about one beer a month, if that. But I am going to start brewing more often, maybe a couple at a time. Questions, concerns?? Thanks, everyone!

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Monster, my cord was just long enough to reach from the lid to the connections in the compressor area, so I had to cut it to allow for the collar. I do like the idea of using that wiring to power a fan rather than the light though. I will have to get some more info on that when I get to that part of the project. Right now I have the inner collar done and am getting ready to start the outer collar that will overhang on 3 sides. I have an idea for finishing that outer collar with glass mosaic tiles - in my head it will look awesome! Again, thanks for the help - I'll keep you guys posted. Maybe some pics when I get a little more done.

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Hey, guys! New to this thread, and I'm trying not to sound too ignorant but I want to build a kegerator. Here is where I am looking for advice, should I use a mini fridge 4.4 or larger, or should I go with a small freezer. Which would be better? Will the freezer freeze the beer, is it just roomier, or just preference. I like my beer COLD so the freezer way would be awesome. Also, for now I brew about one beer a month, if that. But I am going to start brewing more often, maybe a couple at a time. Questions, concerns?? Thanks, everyone!
Not to be a dick, but do more research...

Start here
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/show...gerator-29053/

Then you can research how to build the one that suits you best. That thread I posted.... I went through EVERY SINGLE PICTURE. My GF loved me for that one, but the keezer I built is similar to a lot of those; however it's mine and only mine.

Good Luck my friend.
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Monster, my cord was just long enough to reach from the lid to the connections in the compressor area, so I had to cut it to allow for the collar. I do like the idea of using that wiring to power a fan rather than the light though. I will have to get some more info on that when I get to that part of the project. Right now I have the inner collar done and am getting ready to start the outer collar that will overhang on 3 sides. I have an idea for finishing that outer collar with glass mosaic tiles - in my head it will look awesome! Again, thanks for the help - I'll keep you guys posted. Maybe some pics when I get a little more done.
You may have to remove the electronics I had to because the alarm kept beeping for under temperature
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