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Old 05-06-2010, 02:44 AM   #1
Chris1272
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I thought I would share my first real DIY project with you guys.

I started with a Danby 4.4 cu. ft. refrigerator. Purchased from Wal Mart.


I removed the plastic door piece, and had a piece of plywood cut to the same dimensions. after spray painting it white I replaced the rubber boarder and installed it in the door.


Here I'm using a hole saw to drill through the top of the unit for the tubing. It is very slow going when cutting through the metal top.


The two Cornelius kegs and CO2 canister and manifold that will be going in the fridge.


Measure twice cut once and drink home brew while your work... I think thats how it goes. anyway Im making measurements and reference points to center the tap tower.


Here is a top down view. with waterproof tape lining the hole to keep moisture out of the exposed insulation.



Im making marks for drilling pilot holes for securing the tap.


Here I am tightening the bolts from up under. I found out you need longer bolts than what come with the tap so this is right after an unplanned midnight run to wally world for some 2 1/2 in #10 bolts and washers.


here it is all done with kegs tucked away in their new home.


The first test pour of warm flat beer... Tastes like success.


It was a lot of fun and certainly wont be my last project.


 
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:50 AM   #2
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that looks awesome. got to build me one.

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:52 AM   #3
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I like it!
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:13 AM   #4
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did you have to modify this fridge at all?
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:17 AM   #5
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how where you sure not to hit the cooling elements??

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:52 AM   #6
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did you have to modify this fridge at all?
The only modification I did was remove the door panel that holds cans and things and add the plywood replacement. other than that a 5lb co2 tank sits nicely in the back with 2 corny kegs.


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how where you sure not to hit the cooling elements??
Before starting I did a little research, this model only has one cooling line that runs across the top of the unit and it is near the front right behind the door. the only thing that is an issue is the wiring for the light and thermostat. I called danby tech support before drilling and asked if they have any lines that run in that area. The guy told me there are wires that power the thermostat and the light for the unit. during manufacture these wires are installed and the foam insulation is injected so there inst a guarantee they wont be where you want to drill. I didn't run into this problem but after broke through the metal I went very slowly by hand through the foam. If you look where the wires are heading going into the unit from the thermostat to where the cord is installed on the bottom of the unit its doubtful that you will encounter any electrical wiring.


My next project may be to cut the wire that goes to the light in the top and use it to power a fan to blow air into the tower.

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:44 PM   #7
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did you use and support for your bolts that hold the tower in place I have seen people that instal a piece of plywood inside the fridge to support the tower? is this the DAR482 model?

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:33 PM   #8
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did you use and support for your bolts that hold the tower in place I have seen people that instal a piece of plywood inside the fridge to support the tower? is this the DAR482 model?
My model is the Danby 440BL I have seen the builds you are talking about with the DAR482. As far as I can tell they are very similar units my model did not have the wine rack shelf or the vegetable crisper, and the shelving in the door was different. Since you are going to pull it all out anyway I don't think it makes much of a difference. as for the support I had one that I cut out of the spare plywood I used for the door, but when I installed the Tower I found that with some locking washers between the plastic and the bolt that it is secured pretty firmly. That being said the only torque on that mount should be the pulling of the tap handles if you foresee someone leaning on your tower or it being bumped a lot the extra support may be warranted.

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #9
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I've done a same project. this fridge has no freezer, no cooling element to deal with and it fit two corny. I have a 20# co2, I had to cut a small hole to run a line in. it took me about 2hours to convert it.

 
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:02 PM   #10
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Any idea if you could use this fridge for a double tap door mounted system? I need to get this under my countertop and don't want to drill through the top.

 
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