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Old 02-01-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default Texas fermentation room/ wine cellar.

Broke ground today. Window ac unit and heat bulb, going to wire them up to the eBay aquarium temp controller build. It's a 4 ft by 6 ft closet in my garage. My idea is to keep it at 65 for wine storage and +- 5 degrees for beer frementing as necessary.

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:17 AM   #2
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Oh yeah, 2 by 6 walls with r 19 insulation. 5300 btu ac. We'll see how well it does this summer in 100 + days.

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Old 02-01-2012, 02:04 AM   #3
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Looks great! Best of luck.

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Old 02-01-2012, 03:30 PM   #4
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Put in another half day work on it. Wired in two new outlets on the exterior as my only outlet in the garage ended up in my ferm room. Put in a light, piece of drywall, and framed/ reinforced around the door. I think most of my time was spent looking for tools lost in the garage and scratching my head trying to figure out how to do things.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:39 AM   #6
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A lot more work than I had figured. Wired the two outlets with the wrong gauge wire. Thankfully I didn't have all the dry wall up yet so the rewire wasn't too bad. Only shocked myself once. Woops. Just put on a second layer of mud and trimmed out the door today. I put together an eBay aquarium temp controller. Window ac unit should be fine but I'm worried about heating with a lightbulb /s. I hope to have it operational within a week. Damn this drywall stuff. Tomorrow: texture and insulate door. Over budget but still under $400 for everything.

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Old 02-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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Lookin good. to heat use a couple small space heaters I don't think a couple light bulbs will do the trick. This is my first project for my new house. how will you seal the door to make it air tight?

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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Very nice! Are you going to have additional insulation on the exterior wall? How are you going to exhaust the a/c unit? Looks good!

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #9
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This may just be a crazy idea, but if you need to heat and cool, what about using large peltiers? The heat sink would be the hardest part since it would have to go through your wall and be well insulated. But it will heat or cool with the flip of of a switch.

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It was chilly here last night so I ran a test with one 75 watt light bulb. I closed up the hole for the ac unit as best I could with scrap wood and some towels. I t still had a 1/4 inch gap though. I haven't sealed any corners other than a couple drywalled ones and I dont have any insulation on the floor yet. One 75 watt light bulb warmed the inside from 54 to 66 in just a couple hours. I then left it on all night. When I woke up the inside temp was 64 degrees, outside temp in the 40's. If it gets much colder, I figure I could leave the overhead light on and have the temperature controller light cycle on and off as necessary.

The door is sealed with 1 inch wood trim with that foam door liner stuff. I'll try to get a picture up soon. I put it on last so I could line it up accurately with the door. I also have some expansion foam stuff that I plan on drilling holes in the door and filling the door with??

Exterior wall? I think you mean the houses original exterior wall. I assumed there was not insulation in there so I put a sheet of R4?? thick pink insulation board up. The walls I built have 6inches of fiberglass insulation.

Peltiers would be cool, but I wonder about the cost efficiency. Just don't know much about them.

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