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Old 06-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #51
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Looking good; jealous of your modernization skills. You'd think I'd have retained more of my Electrical Engineering degree than I did. Use it or lose it, I guess...
Can't wait to see the progress on your door and reassembly!

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:49 PM   #52
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You'd think I'd have retained more of my Electrical Engineering degree than I did.!
If you've never played with an arduino, do it! There are a few vendors out there who make modules that are compatible with it. From www.sparkfun.com, I was able to get the arduino and relay module. From that point, it's just a matter of wiring.

The arduino is arguably overkill for this project, but it leaves a lot of ability to do add-ons. One such upgrade in the (hopefully) near future is keg level monitoring
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Sorry for the radio silence. I'm in the process of buying my first house, so attention has been elsewhere. I've been documenting and planning out all the little projects I'm going to have to do. Can't wait!

As for an update...
Tech:
I've got an old guruplug server from work which is going to be mounted underneath with the arduino. It will handle data logging and serve up the web interface for the fridge. I had seriously considered just having the arduino communicate with my desktop and have that do the web-related tasks, but I want this to be self-contained for now.

Here's the webpage so far. I've just got the logging up, but it's a start.


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One change I've made on this door is leaving out the priming coat. The appliance epoxy recommends skipping priming, but I didn't notice that warning until after finishing the main cabinet. When I was putting it back together I had issue with a couple spots chipping. Who knows if that was the primer or the cold ND winter temps when it was curing. Either either way, I followed the directions this time. Unfortunately, this means that I'm having to deal with more visible defects in the surface (small dents and the like). On top of that, one of my paint cans had a screwy paint head and spit a bunch of huge gobs of paint onto the door. This past weekend I pulled it outside and got to wet sanding. After that I brought it back in, cleaned it up, and hit it with a good new coat of black epoxy. After it's had it's week to cure, I'm going to decide whether I want to wet sand and finish before painting on the chalk-board accent and putting it back together. I'll post some pictures when I get it ready for the next bit.

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:17 PM   #55
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Well, the time is here!




I've still got to paint the front kickplates and do some detail work, but it's up and running!

Also, I'm happy to say that this 1950's fridge is incredibly efficient! Here's a 2 hour period of the temperature holding ~45 F


Here's the power consumption breakdown, for those interested in old fridges.

  • 4 watts idling (webserver consumption)
  • 170 watts cooling
  • 2 min running time each cool cycle
  • ~7 min running time per hour

When I get a chance to step away from projects on the new house, I'll be adding all sorts of goodies with keg volume and the like!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #56
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Looking awesome, Kerber! I've been remiss about getting my pics/info about the drip tray up; maybe I'll try to do that soon.
Are you satisfied with the 45 degrees? I have a little digital thermometer in mine, and it seems to be reading the high/low each day at 45 and 43, respectively. That's with the original old thermostat. I was thinking about ripping into it and replacing with a digital so that I could set it a bit colder...
BTW: Hope that blog on wet sanding was helpful--I know it saved my @$$!

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Primary:
Secondary:
Bottled:
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--Wine:
Kegged:
--Saison
Drinking:
--Beer: Rye IPA, Irish Ale, Saison, Doppelbock, Winter Warmer, Bavarian Dunkel, Honey Brown Ale
--Wine: Spanish Rioja, Chocolate Raspberry Port, NZ Sauvignon Blanc
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:04 PM   #57
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Thanks! I think it's crazy that we came on the same solution for the drip tray. No way did I want to put more holes in this, so I was planning on mounting with neodynium magnets and felt as well.

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Are you satisfied with the 45 degrees?
I really am! I find I much prefer my brews a little warmer, as I get a lot more of the subtle flavors that are lost when you get frosty cold. In fact, I've got an oaky IPA that has some amazing flavor after setting out to warm up a bit. If I'm going to have my beer so cold I can't taste it, then I could just as well be drinking commercial stuff.

Thankfully, the final coat on the door turned out well enough that I didn't feel the need to wet-sand it at all. I might have if it weren't for other projects, but I'm happy with how it looks as it is.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:36 PM   #58
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Very, very well done sir. Gorgeous. A unique and beautiful piece.

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this is truly beautiful work!
2 quick questions:
1) did you redo the GE badge on the door? if so, how? it almost looks brand new.
2) i have an old westinghouse fridge that has hinges that looks almost identical to yours. how did you take your hinges apart? i don't want to start prying away at mine and risk ruining them.

again, awesome job!

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Old 08-16-2012, 12:02 AM   #60
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Awesome work. Congratulations! This is a wonderful kegerator.

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