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Redneck Air conditioner

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I am in Midland Texas where on the 24th day of April 2012 the high is going to be some where around 109 (F)  43( C) . 
The humidity is some where around 7 % making it super dry . 

I decided to make my house a bit cooler with out using my A/C ( power hungry thing that it is ! ) 
I Did not have any of the items I needed since i used them on a different project of mine . But, here is a simple list of what you may need 


 
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Step 1:

Igloo Ice cooler ( wheeled and handled) $29.00 (makes it super easy to drag around the house to cool off certain rooms only .
20 foot 3/8 tubing ( I wanted 1/4 in but they were out . )  $5.43
ZIp ties .( every one should have thousands of these i find new uses almost daily . ! ( $4.00) about +/-
large floor fan .  ($45.00 )
pond pump 210 gallon Per minute ( pay close attention here I bought one also that did not have the ass to pump water up 1 foot ) wasted about $25 on it . (it will be put to use on something else !
About 2 gallons of H2O and 30 pounds of ice .

all spent ......around $103 or so . ( Again most of the stuff here you probably already have .so you can do it much cheaper. )

Step 2:

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Zip Tie the hose loosely around the back of the fan ( you will want it loose to be able to adjust it for now ) 

Step 3:

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I used a 1 Inch drill but to put the hole in the top for the up and Down lines. ( also for the power plug ) 

Step 4:

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Ice Chest ( coleman ) Its got a handle and Wheels!!! 
rimar20002 years ago
Good idea, but that thick walls soft PVC tube is the worst election.

If you change it with aluminum tube, you win a lot of efficiency.
harthoppy (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Rimar2000;

I had thought of this many times before but I am lacking the knowledge on how to bend tubing,( I have Two speeds,Bend and Break) unfortunately the thin line between i seem to skip some how.

I had thought of going with a copper( 3/8 Id X 20 ) But came up with the same issue of bending until it formed a pinch .
I am still reading how to do this .I hear if you cap it full of water/sand it would work .
As time allows I will fix this issue and report back .
Thin walls tube breaks, but thick walls not so easy. Sand is better than water to do that.
harthoppy (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thanks for your input .
If I have the time this weekend ill give it a go !


Glad you had enhanced the device. Maybe it deserves a new instructable. Next summer I will do something so, but using a little water flow. Luckily, here there are not water use restrictions.
harthoppy (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Rimar2000 ;

Just some notes on this project. it was super simple and super fun but we have issues with the ice melting too fast. (at the same time I am begining to wonder of using block ice instead of bagged.

Here in Midland Texas Water is in real short supply so using a "open system " is not a option for me .
my sons A/c went out in his apartment a few weeks ago . He "Stole" my fan and said I may not get it back . lol
HH
harthoppy (author)  rimar20002 years ago
5/26/12

* Edit *

I went and bought a roll of Aluminum Tube(25X3/8)

Using the Zip ties I left the tube in the original "Coil" Just spread it out a bit more.
seems to be working well .
total cost for the tubing was around $45.00
This project was a tab bit more then i wanted to spend , However if you have the stuff laying around ( I had at one time had all this in the garage already) it is a fairly cheap and fun thing to do with the kids. My nephew was amazed t how fast it cooled the room off.
-copper tube-6 months ago

Use copper tube! I love copper tube.

harthoppy (author) 2 years ago
5/26/12

* Edit *

I went and bought a roll of Aluminum Tube(25X3/8)

Using the Zip ties I left the tube in the original "Coil" Just spread it out a bit more.
seems to be working well .
total cost for the tubing was around $45.00
This project was a tab bit more then i wanted to spend , However if you have the stuff laying around ( I had at one time had all this in the garage already) it is a fairly cheap and fun thing to do with the kids. My nephew was amazed t how fast it cooled the room off.