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Old 11-07-2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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Not sure what happened with the link. Updated in original post. If this fails I'll post the photo thread here.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:14 AM   #12
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Nice cheap setup! Any idea what kinda R-value your getting from those blocks? Also what temp are you planning on keeping that bad boy at? Is that little fan enough air blowing on the coils to keep them from freezing?

I use something on a smaller scale and trying to get the temps down below 45 or so is very difficult without getting ice on the coils, especially during the summer.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:23 AM   #13
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Yep. Should be effective for sure! What are the manifold and hoses next to AC unit for? Hope you don't have kids with all that exposed Styrofoam! Think my kids could have scattered all of it around your garage if I would have just let them look at the picture long enough........

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:01 AM   #14
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kpr121: I'm not sure of the R value, I just know it's working. The first night I tested it down to 37.4 F and it held ok. Right now I'm still working out some electrical but keeping it at 40. I did get some icing on the coils but fixed that by moving the fan closer, and installing a single-pole dimmer for the power going to the AC fan. That size space doesn't need the fan blowing full blast.

501: The manifold runs to an external CO2 tank so I can force carb in the cooler. No kids at home to mess it up. I was thinking about collecting some of the larger political signs (4'x8's), and securing to the exterior just for appearances.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #15
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I like the fact that you were able to recycle so many different parts to build a very useful storage room for short money. Well done.

Where did you get all that foam? What was it's original purpose?

Will be interesting to see how often the AC needs to cycle to keep a space that size at your set temp.

Is it built in a heated garage? Or are you going to have to worry about heating that space during the winter?
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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501: The manifold runs to an external CO2 tank so I can force carb in the cooler. No kid litical signs (4'x8's), and securing to the exterior just for appearances.

Sounds like you've really thought it through! As for the signs, it would be a great way to preserve a little political history, as well as be a good reminder of one reason a lot of us drink beer in the first place.......
Great job, and hope it serves you well!!

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #17
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LOVE it!
I have been considering doing something like this... Or extending the side of my garage out 6 or 8 feet and making that a cold room.
Great job!

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:43 PM   #18
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I like the fact that you were able to recycle so many different parts to build a very useful storage room for short money. Well done.

Where did you get all that foam? What was it's original purpose?
It was used for packaging a discontinued product. The company is dismantling them and didn't want to fill up their dumpster with foam. Having a standard size helped tremendously in the build.

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Is it built in a heated garage? Or are you going to have to worry about heating that space during the winter?
The garage isn't heated but the controller can kick on a space heater if needed. I haven't set that up yet. Portland temps are mild in the winter.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #19
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I think a more important test will come in the summer in regards to an uninsulated, unheated (cooled) garage. Portland temperatures should help you out though. Biggest issue will be keeping the moisture out as that is what will cause condensation and potential frozen coils.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:05 PM   #20
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I think a more important test will come in the summer in regards to an uninsulated, unheated (cooled) garage. Portland temperatures should help you out though. Biggest issue will be keeping the moisture out as that is what will cause condensation and potential frozen coils.
I did put up a vapor barrier and can see condensation from the inside on the wall side of the barrier. Humidity is rarely bad in Portland. I also put out some DampRid.

 
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