If I mist my condenser while it help cool my house? Answered

Lets say I put a mister on my condenser outside, and when the air conditioning comes on it sprays water mist on the condenser. The idea would be: as the water evaporates on the coil it will remove more heat from the unit and it wont run so much.

Asked by BluTiger 8 years ago | last reply 3 months ago


Air Conditioner Condensate

I've been thinking recently about ways to reuse the condensed water vapor that comes out of my air conditioner condenser. I've currently got a bucket set up under the spot where the condensate drips out just to see how much water is actually wasted. With the summer heat, I've got the AC going almost all day, and it comes out to about 1 gallon a day. What I'd ultimately like to do is have a storage tank for this water that I can use to water the lawn, wash the car, etc. The problem, though, is that the water outlet is very low to the ground, so only a small bucket will fit directly underneath (meaning it overflows by the end of the day). I'd like to have some sort of hose direct the fluid into a much larger container, and I'd like to do it without electricity. I can't think of a way to move the water without using some kind of pump, though. Any ideas?

Posted by hobscrk777 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Help with electret microphone

Hi by checking some information and also some of the projects here, i realized that electet microphones are as good as studio condenser microphones and i was wondering if you can help me to create a condenser quality mic out of an electret element with schematics or actually a tutorial of how to do it the circuit and the pre-amp if necessary ... i got this "http://richard-mudhar.suite101.com/how-to-use-an-electret-capsule-with-p48-power-a150317"  can you check it out and tell me if it would work or give me some other ideas. thnx

Asked by Markus03 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


in distilation , how is a condenser set up? Answered

after watching a video made by nurdrage and realising i could use a condenser to distill various chemicals like ammonia water, i was wondering, how is a condenser set up. now ive looked at a lot of images, and all i see is the top of the condenser where the gas enters, thenthe bottom where the gas exits as a liquid. now what i dont nderstand is the two middle middle nozzles, ive looked at many setups and theres usually nothing attached to them, or they have a hose attached to them that goes nowhere and you cant see where they end, so i must ask, what are they for, in the sense, what do they do? and what, if anything, are they attached to? whoever answers my question properly and makes sense will receive a best answer. also, i will just add, ive searched through google and wikipedia, and found zilch that made any sense to me.

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Fitting a hydrogen/oxygen reactor into a thermos? Or at least in a container about the size of a birdbath stand? Answered

EDIT: I decided that starting with steam instead of hydrogen would be much more efficient, much safer, simpler, and cheaper than reacting hydrogen. So if anyone knows if there is a way I can compress steam in a canister and not have it turn to water, and where to get the supplies for relatively cheap, that would be great! Merci! So my last question was how to bond hydrogen and oxygen to make water and condense it, and I got how to do that, but how hard would it be to fit this whole thing into a homemade thermos that has a screw-on hydrogen canister on the bottom? The hydrogen storage would be outside of the thermos in the canister, but there's still the reactor, condenser, and pressure release valve for safety. How hard would it be to fit it into the thermos (the thermos is about 1.5-2x the height of a store-bought thermos and about the same width, maybe a little bit wider)? If that isn't possible or logical, how about a birdbath stand? It would be a wide PVC tube reminiscent of a stone birdbath support, and would have a basin on top that contains the water after exiting the condenser. 

Asked by ALogan97 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Sorry for the crosspost, but got my solar thing working, posted it on Green.

Just in case you guys don't hang out in Green.If you're lazy:https://www.instructables.com/community/Finally-finished-my-solar-collector-prototype/

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago


Finally finished my solar collector prototype.

This has been an ongoing saga for the last six months or so, but with a lot of help from many of you here the Sunflower prototype is finished. And it works! It still needs perfecting, but the principle is sound.This unit cost me less than $20, is almost entirely recycled and salvaged materials, was ridiculously easy to make (tho since I've thought of a way to make it much simpler) and seems to work fairly well. With a larger collector and light pipe in place this unit alone could collect up to a kilowatt of power, maybe more. Now I need to start working on the Mk II perfected design, and some applications for electricity generation and water purification.This will be an ongoing open source project. Once I've got a design which is nice I'll get a website up and be traveling round working with local community groups, inventors and NGOs.If you have any desire whatsoever to take a crack at making this yourself please please do so. The video is a little light on the finer details, so if there are any questions just ask.And thanks again for all those who helped out.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


how to make caramel out of canned condensed milk?

 i have made Cramel out of canned condensed milk before when i was young, but  now i forgot how to. All I know is that you boil the whole can with the condensed milk inside... for how long, I forgot.

Asked by jonl_b 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Will a condenser mic work the same way as a 3.5 mm mono audio jack? Answered

I will be building an FM transmitter soon, and I wanted it to have a condenser mic with a switch that switches the input of the condenser mic, to the input of a jack that people could play music from. In other words, the user would be able to speak to the transmitter, flip a switch, and then play music through to the jack. My only question really, is whether or not it would work? Thank you for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it. The attached picture is the schematic I am working off of.

Asked by XBLmonster 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Recover heat from freezer condenser?

Anybody ever tried to use a freezer or fridge condenser to preheat water (before sending it to water heater)? I'm thinking about an easy setup; a coil of copper tubing fastened to the condenser. I know It seems insignificant, but given the low cost of the setup, i think it could be worth it.

Asked by jemor143 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


How to prevent and/or remove condensation in the microwave door?

My microwave is above the stove and when anything is cooked that produces stream, condensation appears in the window/door of the microwave and it remains for days. How do I prevent this from happening or get it to go away? Using the fan does not help.

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


someone tell me how to use a condenser mic to obtain the best production? Answered

Help me set up a home studio

Asked by Chyker 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Tall irrigated hedge to pre-cool A/C condenser? Answered

I am thinking about planting a hedge around our air conditioner condenser to increase its efficiency. This would serve as shade for the condenser and as a means to inject water to keep the plant cooling the air as it evaporates the water. When rainwater is available, an aquarium pump could "irrigate" the hedge. When not available, a switch could control a valve for a high-pressure drip irrigation system. Both could be controlled by the compressor circuit. Keep the hedge trimmed about 6 feet tall and with just enough space around the condenser for a workman to easily maintain the unit (at least 3 feet from the condenser). The hedge would have to be drought resistant and one that does not shed leaves or debris. Any thoughts about this?

Asked by VirgilB6 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Problem with too much window condensation

I have double pane, insulating glass house windows that collect condensation during the winter heating months. The condensation is not between the panes, it is inside the home. The water builds up and runs down onto the wood frame causing rot. It occurs only on the bottom inch or two of the window. The home is in Northern Wisconsin where it is commonly 20 deg F outside and 70 deg F inside. The interior humidity is controlled and not excessive. Aside from setting the interior humidity to desert-like conditions, how can I remove the moisture and prevent further damage to the frame? Desiccant bags? Solar powered fans? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by kwschofi 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


iMac condensation issue?

Our iMacs have a large patch of condensation behind the screen. After we run them for a while, it evaporates, but it comes back after a couple of days. This has happened several times. Has anyone else had this issue? How can we stop it from happening? Thanks, Bob.

Asked by memyselfand1 8 years ago


Drinking Water Condenser

Does anyone have any plans or ideas for a DIY drinking water condenser? Something that can make water from the air would be fantastic, especially as climate change starts to have more and more of an impact on the availability of clean water. Electric powered should be fine, directly solar powered might be more difficult. Any thoughts?

Posted by foul_owl 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


How do i wire a condenser mic into my audio input of my PC/Computer? Answered

Ok, I answered it myself but I looked long and hard so hear is one option for connecting a condenser mic to a pc. This is 20 year old microphone that shipped with my family's Apple LC in 1992.  The mic works well with one of my laptops audio card... Not sure what the Zenner diode value is but its probably pretty small. I measured the voltage across the mic + to ground and it was 3.5volts. I saw another guy that only found a diode on his condenser mic so maybe newer audio cards can work without all the extra parts...

Asked by hydronics 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Peltier coolers and condensation?

Hi there, I'm having this crazy idea of building a mini AC based on a Peltier cooler, and connect it to a PC case to introduce cold air inside of it. I have seen a lot of instructables here, but I'm worried about condensation. You know, the "electronics + power + water = Kaboom!" equation. Neither the peltier nor the "cold" heatsink will be inside the case, I'll just blow air thru the "cold" heatsink and inside the case, releasing hot air far away (maybe with a long tube?). My question is if the cold air will carry some kind of "humidity" from the condensed cold heatsink, and if it will be enough to blow things up. I can spare some 60 or 70 watts to make the peltier work, so I'll just grab a ATX power supply for the peltier and the fans. Do you think it will work? Thanks in advance, and Happy New Year. :)

Asked by ethaniel 7 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


cooker hood condenser

Ok i have moved into a new studio which does not have an external vent fitted to the cooker hood and relies on a re-circulation kit comprising of a small tower and a disposable carbon filter (which can cost quite a bit to keep replacing). So what i was thinking was how about ducting it to a homemade condenser, something simple like a plastic container with a cut off of hood filter attached to an area near the top of the container and the vent ducted in through the top of the container it could be primed with an inch or so of water to get the process going..... i recon my concept is pretty basic but am i heading in the right direction?

Posted by Tallanted 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Text display in Instructable PDFs

Why is the kerning (inter-character) spacing of the text in Instructables' PDFs so goofy? Not any of the heads, but all the text. I'm using Mac OS X 10.5 and the text font used is identified as Helvetica Condensed Bold Italic. Heads are Helvetica Bold (not Condensed) and they do display correctly. I do not have any problem on my system with Helvetica Condensed Bold Italic used in any other document and no problem with numerous PDFs from other sources. And, why not a simple Arial or Helvetica Regular or Plain for the text anyhow?

Posted by dlfuller 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Condensing to To PDF is not working for this instructable

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-Tube-Amp/?download=pdf  This address does not provide the epected pdf, just a note that reads "The file is damaged and could not be repaired" please let me know when you fix it at  patcom1970@yahoo.co.uk

Posted by mobby666 8 years ago


"Hydronic" A/C in an enclosed overhead space condensing and weeping ruining the ceiling tiles.

In an historic building, a remodel installing a chill water A/C air handler into a ceiling space now completely enclosed, is experiencing severe condensation and weeping onto the drop ceiling tiles.  I suspect a building code violation; "non vented installation". I am guessing a small powered fan/blower, cycling the air in the over head enclosed space with the "air-conditioned" environment. I am just guessing...  I would be honored to receive expert advice. Thank you, Calvin Rodriguez 858-382-9692

Asked by watchmkr1 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago



How do I stop condensation from appearing on a cheap styrofoam cooler?

I'm building my own dehumidifier (future instructable if I can solve this problem) and I realize that buying a good cooler is probably most sensible but I am on a budget and the copper coiling drained my funds (Only 15, no job, and my parents don't want to spend a lot on something they don't think will ever really work, hopefully I can prove them wrong). Anyways, the crappy cooler I have will have to do for the time being. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Asked by zchampine 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Can you freeze dry food at home?

I would like to know how to freeze dry food. Could some create an Instructable How-To,... Can someone build a machine that freeze dry food? There are essentially three categories of freeze-dryers: the manifold freeze-dryer, the rotary freeze-dryer and the tray style freeze-dryer. Two components are common to all types of freeze-dryers: a vacuum pump to reduce the ambient gas pressure in a vessel containing the substance to be dried and a condenser to remove the moisture by condensation on a surface cooled to -40 to -80 C (-40 to -112 F). The manifold, rotary and tray type freeze-dryers differ in the method by which the dried substance is interfaced with a condenser. In manifold freeze-dryers a short usually circular tube is used to connect multiple containers with the dried product to a condenser. The rotary and tray freeze-dryers have a single large reservoir for the dried substance. Thank You

Posted by acomisp 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Moisture between glass windows?

Any ideas to dry out the moisture between double glass window? 

Asked by rx-rx 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago



can i build a dual turbine which is powered by steam which is condensed and released like a water wheel. would it work?

If I build a steam turbine powered by burning waste using a pelton turbine then the steam will travel upwards. if I condense and store it, then release it past another pelton turbine to restart the cycle then will it be equally efficient. assuming the fuel source is free can this be practical in terms of electricity generation?

Asked by mrgre99 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Laundry room with no exterior walls in need of a better dryer exhaust solution! Ideas?

I have a dryer with an exhaust vent that could not possible exit my condo as it is in a stack in the very center of my unit; moreover, even with a crafty snaking of ventilation piping couldn't get it near an exterior wall.  As you can guess, when I dry my clothes the utility room turns into a sauna and all of my walls develop condensation from the hot air and water vapor the dryer is using and extracting.  Does anyone have any good ideas for how I could reduce the condensation build-up or even alleviate the problem?  I thought of making some sort of dispersal fan to cool the hot dryer air as it exits the dryer, but I am not sold on this idea.

Asked by interested1 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Condensed News

HeyIf anyone is interested, here's my shared items page from my RSS reader:LinkTheres an RSS feed on that page too.Before you go all "What's the point of this!?" on me -- let me explain.I go through about 400 items a day. This is the condensed version. I share 2 things mostly: Things that are funny/ironic -- and things that are interesting. Its a pretty even mix. My feeds include:Blogs:Make, Lifehacker, Gizmondo, Engadget, Consumerist, Slashdot, WorseThanFailureAnd:Instructables & diggTheres a few others, but they aren't good often. I'll gladly add any other feed that you want.I've only been doing this for a few days -- I need to get used to hitting "share". Anything I view, I share. Theres some things that I really don't care about --but others might -- that I'll also share.Hopefully, this can help some people shave time off their news-reading. Let me know if theres some other source I should read!(This post sponsored by Kiteman's Zeroth Law)

Posted by zachninme 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


How to make water from excessively humid air (using little energy) . Any ideas?

I was thinking of making some sort of machine that uses cooling coils to condense water from the air, seeing as to how humid it has been lately, but I want to do it using less energy than a dehumidifier that's on all the time and have it be more rugged so I can put it outside and maybe use it to water the garden. Any ideas?

Posted by hydrnium.h2 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Locker Size Mini Freezer

I have an empty locker in my office (2.5 cu. ft) and it gave me an idea to use that space as a freezer. I know how a freezer works, but my question is it is feasible to gut out a used mini fridge and reassemble it in a small space? Since there's a shelf in the locker,  I was plannign to run the evaporation coils underneath it,  line the edges of the locker with Dow foam, fit the condenser in the corner, and the condenser coil on the inside of the door.

Posted by wbgeek 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


how to change my small tractor magnet to 12 volt condenser coil?

My old tractor work with magnet but i need to make it work better

Asked by 9 years ago


solar powered junk yard air conditiong idea.

Well im stringing togett some ideas ive seen into something green. first the idea i saw the cold water well ac unit, but too much water use to have one constantly run. so i thought a cycling pump, with a tank buried underground. for that too work the water being cycled though must be kept cold as it continues to cycle through. tank idea - something like 2-3 window ac condenser units piped together to fit inside a 50 gal drum. fill the drum with sand and water burying the condensers. the unit would be a condenser with a small water pump and a fan. i've seen small 12 solar battery chargers, would that be enough to run the pump and the fan for extended times say 4 hours a day is this possible or am i over estimating some things

Posted by Dan Nugget 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


TEMP HELP!!!! Answered

Do i set the temp at 210degF (boiling point 212degF) or adjust temp to 173degF? I know 173 & 212degF points on my stove from previoius runs.  How cold does the temp of the condenser need to be? 

Asked by witherspoon520 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How do I clean from white sludge the pressure switch, the pressure regulator and the air hose of my air compressor? Answered

I recently bought a water trap filter for my air compressor (Black & Decker CP2525). When I unscrewed the pressure regulator and the air hose to make the connections I noticed that the air circuit was littered from white sludge (condensate + oil). I am afraid that this stuff will clog the filter quickly. Should I clean it? How can I clean it?

Asked by taloskriti 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Insualtion of an existing tin roof?

Hi, I have an existing summer room with a single skin, 4" corrogated tin roof. It is attached to the roof of the home and I do not wish to rip it apart. I was thinking to install a none bearing set of 4"x2" timbers, a half in from the existin roof, then insulating with 1" x 4'x8' sheets of styrafoam sheets, then a vapour barrier nder this. My main concern is the condensation produced on the inside of the tin roof, when it warms up. If I insualet the way I,m intending to,will this stop this condensation or do i need to do more to prevent it.

Asked by grandpa2011 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Peltier dehumidifier

I hope someone with a technical background can help me with this... I am trying to make an DIY dehumidifier. The goal is to lower the humidity of my room during the summer months (humidity is around 70% at 25C) to less than 50, preferrable 30%. I have the following setup in mind: To achieve condensation I want to use a peltier that will lower the temperature of an radiator. The condensed water will be gathered in a (plastic) box. This water will then be used to cool the hot side of the peltier, using a water block and a waterpump that was left over after using watercooling on my PC. The image depicts an simple graphic of the setup. However, I have the following questions to be answered: - How cold (relative to the ambient temperature) would the cold-side radiator have to be to get optimal condensation - How much watts of cooling power would the peltier need in order to achieve the needed temperature difference - If i lower the cold side temperature with 20C, how much heat would be generated on the hot side? (my gues: 20C, but im no genius ;) ) Thanks in advance!

Posted by pelzinga 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


I would like to know how to decorate a strawberry shortcake pan cake.

The top is white (cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk & whipped cream). How do I cut the strawberries to look decorative? Thank you

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


How to pass sound from microphone to earphone

Hi, I need a simple way to pass sound from Condenser microphone though wire and some circuit to one or pair of earphone to be heard, live, just a simple communication tool, is there an instructable for this or please give me exact steps . Thanks .

Asked by achraf52 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Can convection be used to drive a passive dehumidifier?

Ok, I have a couple of radiators and a greenhouse that is too humid. In winterr can convection drive fluid from a radiator mounted low in the warm greenhouse to a second radiator mounted outside in the cold and then back to create a chilled metal radiator that will have water condense on it and drip into the soil.

Posted by drewgrey 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


dos any one know were to buy cheep laboratory equipment in The GTA or grater Toronto Area?

I need a: Hotplate, water condenser, three way adaptor,vacum adapter, claisen adaptor, three neck flask,sepparation funnel,dry tube, a flask, distilation colum,and a capillary with fine outlet.

Asked by dciocoiu 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How to detect audio frequencies in the ranges of 190hz, 250hz and 285hz. Thanks!? Answered

What are the advantages/disadvantage of using this LargeMouthBass' PIC processor/code over a LM567 Tone Decoder? I might use an Aruduino or another IC to command the PIC(or 567) and to output to a couple of LEDs as visual indicators...

Asked by hydronics 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


graffiti and permanent posters

Hey all graffiti guys. My son and I are doing some poetry terrorism in our town. We were looking for quick ways of putting up poetry on public buildings. But we got an information windfall. Some guy in a pub told us that a poster put up with condensed milk could never be removed. Anyone ever hear of that?

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago


Most efficient way to recover heat from 130 degree F water and transfer this heat to 140 degree F water?

I am making a solar still and I need to recover as much heat as I can from the 130 degree F water (bringing the water temp down to near ambient, 72 degrees F) and then transfer this heat to 140 degree F seawater. I have a limited amount of solar collectors to heat brackish water, send it through an evaporator tower and then a condenser tower to make fresh water. As the fresh water goes through the condenser it gains a great deal of latent heat, thus the 130 degree F water. In order to increase production and regain otherwise lost energy I am trying to recapture a portion of this heat to further warm up the brackish water (currently at 140 degrees after exiting the evaporator tower) before being further heated with the solar collectors. I am operating off grid, so the solution must utilize solar heat or PV panels as the power source.  Does anyone know of a heat pump that operates best in this temp range? What about using TEC (aka TEG, TEP or TEHP) to perform this task? Is there a better or more obvious solution that I am oblivious to? Any advice would be much appreciated. 

Asked by MichaelMichael 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


DIY dehumidifier design?

This is my first real foray into DIY so help me out here. My original design, which didn't work very well, was to fill some coiled-up tubing with the gel from that blue ice stuff you use to keep lunchboxes cool, then mount that  near the top of a bucket and keep a fan running over it to blow moist air onto the cold tubing and, theoretically, it would condense out. When I left in the morning it was definitely getting lots of condensation, and I even saw a bit dripping off into the bucket, but by the time I got back in the afternoon the whole thing was bone dry. Is there any way to make this freezer-gel-tubing idea work? I think part of the problem was that I used rubber tubing, not thinking about how it acts as an insulator, and I also suspect that keeping a fan on it did as much harm as good what with the whole evaporation thing, but I thought real dehumidifiers used fans too... Ideas?

Asked by TheJenx 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Threading and pitch for Microphone mount nut or stem? Answered

Does anyone out there know the threading and pitch for a standard condenser mic stem? I lost my mounting nut and even the manufacturer won't provide the info I need. It's a Presonus M7. It should have a standard threaded stem as most universal mounts fit it. I know it's metric, Possibly an M20 or M22 with a #1 pitch. Anyone know for sure?

Asked by Sparkytastic 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


How can I more efficiently use space while laser/plasma cutting? Answered

I've made a number of plans in 123d make, but there is so much empty space that becomes unusable for future projects.  Isn't there some way to "condense" a .dxf so it has a smaller footprint?  I don't care if the angle is weird or whatever, I just know that there has to be a far more efficient way to use up material.

Asked by furrysalamander 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Please help with repairing my LED light bar there are a total of 60 1w leds but 2 sets of 3 LEDs are dimmed.

I was wandering if you could give me a bit of advice on repairing my LED roof light bar, there is issue with 2 sets of 3 LEDs. there are a total of 60 3w leds and for some reason (probably condensation) 2 sets of 3 LEDs (one in the middle and one in the end) get dimmed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by survivel82 3 years ago | last reply 2 years ago