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Old 12-07-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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I know this has been done before, and the other threads were a great help to me, but I just wanted to share my experience.

I started with a Frigidaire 4.4 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator (model: FRC445GM).

I took the top off and dug out the foam where I wanted to drill. The top comes off pretty easy, but you do have to be careful not to break the top while pulling it off. The coolant lines run about 1.5" apart.



I wanted to reinforce the top so the tower would be screwed down firmly. So, I cut a .5" sheet of plywood to 13"x16" and dug out the foam where it was going to sit.



Here is a picture of a dry run with the copper pipes sticking up and the top on to make sure everything lined up and fit.






I filled the hole that I cut out with some foam and glued the wood to the top of the refrigerator. Also right before I put everything together I placed some foam between the wood and existing foam since I didn't cut it flat originally. While everything was drying I put a full keg on top and today everything was secured very well and the top fells very solid.

Here is the finished product:

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Old 12-07-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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Nice!

Did you keep the copper pipe and run a fan inside to chill the tower?

Whatever, make sure you enjoy that great tap beer YOU MADE!
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:41 AM   #3
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Looks sharp. Well done!

 
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:44 AM   #4
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Nice!

Did you keep the copper pipe and run a fan inside to chill the tower?

Whatever, make sure you enjoy that great tap beer YOU MADE!

I kept the copper pipe, but I did not use a fan. It is looking like the copper pipe keeps the line cold enough.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:48 AM   #5
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I kept the copper pipe, but I did not use a fan. It is looking like the copper pipe keeps the line cold enough.
Makes sense; copper is one of the best thermal conductors.

 
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:50 PM   #6
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Sweet. Just enough detail for me to borrow for mine after x-mas. Looks great!

 
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:08 PM   #7
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Looks good i cant wait to do mine after the new year
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:49 PM   #8
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I have the same fridge... I just added a 2nd tap to it and am wondering how to bypass the thermostat (or if you even did). It looks as though you removed the housing that it is stored in. If I bypass the thermo, I do have a johnson controls dial thermostat that I can use.

Edit: Nevermind... after much tinkering, I found that connecting the blue wire to the black wire allows the kegerator temperature to be controlled via the external thermostat.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:51 AM   #9
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If you have any questions when you start your build, don't hesitate to ask.

The refrigerator stays cold enough and will even freeze kegs if you go too cold. The copper pipe keeps the beer in the lines cold enough as well.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:52 PM   #10
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That looks fantastisch!
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