leaking fridge?

Can anyone help my flooding fridge problem. I have a whirlpool and its only 4 years old. There is no build up of ice and the drain hole is not blocked. There is no water in the drip tray and the fridge seals are all good. The fridge is working fine. I have run out of things to look for????

Question by paulmm 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


retrofying a fridge

I want to get an antique fridge for the kitchen in my new place but everyone keeps telling me the electric bill will be crazy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to retrofy a new fridge, I'd like to go a step further than just buying an old handle for the fridge. I'd like to maybe paint it teal and figure out a way to round off the corners in that 1950's style. The fridge in the picture will probably be the fridge I buy for this project.

Topic by commiejay 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


fridge cycle logger

Hello all, I'd like to know how efficient my fridge is. To do this, I need to have a record of the on/off cycling that the fridge does: I need to know how frequently it cycles and how long it stays on for. Does anyone know if this gizmo exists? (in the UK) If not, how would I go about making one? Thanks, mm

Topic by marquee.moon 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


sub mini fridge

I just got some soldering paste and I need to keep it cool. The temperature has to be above freezing, but still cool. Currently I'm keeping it in my fridge, but I don't want to keep it there once I break the seal (for safety reasons). I can't do that one mod using the 12 volt camper cooler, I don't have a camper cooler. I can't afford a mini-fridge. Just seeing if anyone here has any ideas. If nobody has any then I'm going to buy this USB micro fridge wwhich will keep it cool for $15.

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Fridge CPU cooler? Answered

If you got to the ible on making a usb fridge https://www.instructables.com/id/5-Mini-USB-Fridge!/ it tells you to find an old camping fridge and take out the peltier/heatsink unit, can you use that unit to place on a CPU of a computer or laptop to cool it down?

Question by jibatsu 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Fridge conversion anyone?

When I see my local scrap dealer I can't overlook the amount of well looked after chest freezers and fridges.I already found out that most either have a failed thermostat or failed heating element for the evaporation of the water during auto defrost cycles.So I started to think about converting a nice and small chest freezer for 12V use.A first check for available 12V compressors showed that they cost an arm and a leg.DIY with a 12 air compressor is out of the question for safety reasons and the fact that these toys are not ment to handle these conditions.My next stop was Youtube and I found some teardown and scrapping of fridge compressors.These things are actually so dead simple in design that without the enclosure we would need ear protection all day long.But durablitly is often really simple, sadly this mean anything to use a frequency generator or similar is not only inefficient but will fail on a condesator motor.However, these motors are quite bulky...In therory it should be possible remove all stator and mains voltage bits to make room around the rotor.And from that we really only need the axle and bearing mounts.Am I thinking too simple?What would stop someone from using a suitable sized brushless DC motor with couplings to the cut orginal axle?Modern, small compressors often use less than 200W, so how hard can it be?Disclaimer:I am aware of the legal side of things and such mods are nothing a tradesman would sign off for.But I do wonder and like to tinker to prove a point or theory ;)

Question by Downunder35m 6 months ago  |  last reply 6 months ago


mini fridge upgrade

Hello everyone, I found a Thermoelectric mini fridge at the dump a couple weeks ago and so far I have been disappointed with how cold it gets so I figured I would replace the peltier chip with a higher wattage one, the original ran on only 12v with 60watts but the new one uses 16v and 192 watts, so unfortunately when I switched the chips the fridge makes a clicking noise presumably from drawing to much current. the questions I have are, how can I build or cheaply obtain a variable (it would be nice to control power) 16v 12amp power supply or modify the existing board to output more power, would it pose a problem to run the fridge with no load attached to the previous 12v supply, and is it necessary to replace the fans with higher power ones? any other advise would be much appreciated, thanks in advance :)

Topic by rickyfelten 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



I poked a hole in my mini fridge freezer and I tried to fix it with superglue, was that a bad idea?

I was trying to pry ice off of the freezer because the ice was stopping the door from closing. I was using a Flathead screwdriver and a hammer. I hit the ice and started hearing a hissing noise, so i got scared and immediately unplugged it. I tried super gluing the hole shut, and i'm wondering if that was a terrible Idea or if that will fix it, and another important question is will the gas that came out poison my food/ drinks. Also I don't know the model but it is from black and Decker.

Question by les8 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to make a Fridge alarm?

Hi All, http://i67.tinypic.com/kwbhe.jpg I want to make a fridge alarm, but i dont know the right configuration or maybe I need to buy a different time delay module?  Please help me Kind regards, Jonathan

Topic by JonathanH243 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Could you make a USB fridge? Answered

 

Question by Kingand 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Recycling stuff for cool fridge magnets!

Recyle your old broken hard drives. Take them apart and scrounge the powerful magnets out. They make great ways to attach anything to your fridge or metal surface. See my 64 Corvette Stingray Fridge Magnet Instructable. It has flashing tailights! As ever -TRIUMPHMAN.

Topic by triumphman 11 years ago


My whirlpool fridge is leaking water from the freezer into the fridge, and then onto the floor. I vacumed. still leaks. Answered

I vacuumed the junk underneath, but it still leaks.

Question by robjob1918 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how do I make a air brush compressor from fridge? Answered

Hi, how do I make a compressor to run a air brush spray gun from a fridge compressor,  Iv'e taken a compressor from an old fridge, which  of the pipes do I need to block?  Any help appreciated         micky g 

Question by mickyg88 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


help, where to start please? 20*20*20cm fridge

Hello, First post, please be nice =) I unfortunately know absolutely nothing about electronics, or soldering... you get the idea. Clueless. But, I need to make a 20*20*20cm fridge out of perspex (something to do with my photography, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/jingleslenobel/ I gather that a Peltier with heat sink might do it? Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction please, in terms of making such a thing? Many thanks

Topic by ingleslenobel 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Fooling the robot by putting a very long question header instead of my original three words that I put up two days ago? Answered

I read somewhere?? that to put fridge magnet on the side of a fridge causes it to use more power. (Magnets are OK on the front). Is this true? If it is.....; why?

Question by Z.. 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where could i buy a peltier/heatsink unit?

I want to make a USB mini fridge and i don't know where the best place to get a peltier/heatsink unit would be.

Question by robertcrosscountry 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cheap Room Air conditioning

Hi, I have a burning question, I thought about combining a small fridge I have with a floor fan for cheap in room air conditioning. I'd appreciate your thoughts and suggestions on how to combing the two without hazards. Tho the fan is a bit bigger, in concept would do as well.   Thanks, Chen Cohen.

Topic by DragonFX 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I accidentally poked small hole in freezer cooling line, can I patch it with flex seal or something like it?

Was de-icing my haier mini fridge, when I accidentally punctured a tiny hole in  freezer wall cooling line, it hissed for like 2 seconds. Is it safe to plug back in? and can I patch the hole?

Question by brandon.salinas.319 4 years ago  |  last reply 9 days ago


Something is making a mysterious noise.

So it's been awhile! Between school, homework, work, and playing with gadgets and such, I haven't gotten the time to post or make an instructable for quite a long time. But now, I'm back with a question. I see lots of new users here, and to them I say welcome to the community! You are going to love  it here, everyone is helpful, and you'll find answers to just about everything. I also see some members here that were around when I still used instructables. Remember me? How are things? :P Ok, so now for my question. A few weeks ago, after flushing the Toilet, a strange noise began behind our refrigerator. It was king of like a rattling, but not so much that as say, a prize wheel at a gameshow spinning and hitting something heavy. It's really quite odd. The refrigerator is a model with the built in water and ice dispenser. I googled it, and many seem to say it is something called "Pipe Rattling", but I don't think that is what it is, because it only started a couple of weeks ago and we have had this fridge for a year. I have drawn a diagram of the first floor of our house to help you get a better understanding of where the fridge is in comparison to the bathroom and the toilet. Like I said before, the noise only occurs after we flush the 1st floor toilet. Another odd thing about it is when the noise occurs. It can make this rattling as the toilet is flushing, directly after the toilet has flushed, and it has happened up to a minute after the toilet is finished flushing and refilling the bowl. The noise goes for about 5-8 seconds each time, and it only sounds once after each flush. We have not made any additions to the house before or since it started, have npt experienced any severe weather, and have not modified any plumbing in the house in quite a while, and never in that area of the house. In the incredibly bad sketch I made, you can see the bathroom, and the incredibly bad drawing of a toilet. The fridge is indented in the wall so there are cabinets surrounding it. Any thoughts on what this noise can be?

Question by kcls 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Ganache - It isnt setting in the fridge? Answered

Well I have tryed this recipe https://www.instructables.com/id/E6GFU1NWXTEVYDYEQA/ and have done everything. Though, i used single cream instead of whipped cream, and i didnt put sugar syrup. I didnt think that these would make a difference (i didnt have these), so, do they? I have put it in the fridge for 15 mins, taken it out, stirred, and put back in x2 and it still isnt thickening. Does anyone know why?

Question by Carostar680 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Powering a 12v DC fridge ?

Hi, I have a 12VDC fridge and am trying to convert a computer power box to supply power to it. I started with a ATX type and have problems with it resetting itself after the compressor restarts itself after reaching temp. I have a 10Watt resistor connected to the 5V wiring to keep it running during full temp switch off, but when frigde restarts itself the power supply resets. I am now trying a AT 230W box and it does not reset but under load I only get 10.4v, not enough to operate fridge for cooling. Any sugestions how to lift voltage as when connected to motherboard and 4 hdd's it generates 12v. Sorry I should add that the fridge is 12v 4.2amp and the power box is 12v 8amp. I have tied 2 x AT type boxes with same result. Thanks Tim Thanks

Question by timbont 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Aircon or fridge compressor to solar?

Sometimes I get weird ideas that I can't shake off :)When I was looking into options for a 12 compressor fridge freezer combo I was stunned.You a get a fullsized frrezer for far less!A further check revealed that it is mainly the linear compressor that makes the price plus the usual mark ups.Efficiency and especially start up is far better with thes compressors than out standard rotary and piston drive models.But why would it be so impossible to replace the motor from a standard compressor with a brushless DC one?I focussed on three things for the start:Lubrication, cooling and sealing.There is no such thing like a simple compressor with a piston system that does have some leaking.So apart from the noise the enclosure really needs to be welded and sealed again.Everything moving inside is lubricated by the drive shaft - it acts like a little pump.Same for the cooling of these vital parts.The oil flow exchanges heat through the big metal housing.A replacement motor would need to be suited to run in such a messy enviroment.Of course something to provide a proper oil flow needs to be created too if the drive shaft is replaced.With some basic enineering this might be possible, same for the motor mount and wiring to the outside.But what to do about the full load starting conditions that can happen?Even with no load from the cooling system the motor needs massive torque to get the piston moving.A bypass valve that closes once the motor is at proper speeds might work but hard to implement in a tight space.Any ideas?Did you ever try something that stupid?Could you make it work?What about a rotary compressor with external drive?We use ice blenders that have a magnetic base and the actual connection is made through the magnetic forces alone.A scroll compressor has lots of space without the original motor inside.Plus, a round pipe is easier to work with when it comes to adding or removing things.Small scroll compressors from an airconditioner or small industrial freezer wouldn't have to do much work in a small setup.Best thing is that with a variable speed the cooling power can be adjusted.How feasable would it be to use some polycarbonate end plate and a magnetically coupled drive ?Modern BLDC motors offer great performance and suitable gear systems are readily available.N52 neodymium magnets of the block type provide several kg of force if close enough to each other - should be enough to make a compressor spin...In return it could mean to have a nice freezer or even airconditioner that runs directly on solar power.No massive losses from inverters, no need for huge battery banks either.As long as the sun is out you have free power, once down you can still switch to a power supply for the motor or use battery power.Just imagine you come home after long day of work and the house is already cool.And you did not have to pay a cent to get it cool or wait for hours for it to reach this temperature!We love to add solar panels to our houses in the hope to get a few cents back from our energy providers.The sad reality often is that you might be able to power all your needs during the day but the excess that goes back to the grid often pays next to nothing.But if you could power a lot more things like a compressor directly with the electricity from your panels....Then these kWh would not appear on your usage bill either.Means you neither use what the power provider compensates you for nor is it "wasted" thorugh this bogus compensation.The normal solar setup can then provide you with this little extra money while an additional set powers the motors for your big freezer or little airconditioner - little being relative to what you make of the idea ;)If you really dare than you could even use your bike and legs to power your fridge directly ;)Use your imagination :)

Topic by Downunder35m 7 weeks ago  |  last reply 4 weeks ago


Fridge Magnet Challenge Results

Results of the Fridge Magnet Challenge are up here!

Topic by canida 11 years ago


bar fridge and footstool in one?

My husband really really wants a footstool for his potato couching comfort. He has also always joked about wanting a bar fridge in the lounge for keeping his beer in close proximity to the TV. (he's a lovely but lazy lazy man). I am NOT the 'handy' type, but I do know one end of a screwdriver from the other (just). My first thought was just to tip a bar fridge on it's back and cover it with fabric so that iyou would lift the 'top' to get to the fridge part, but the 'what-cha-ma-callit' at the back of the fridge (the coil looking bit) would be on the ground.. now I am a natural blonde but even I know this is not a good idea! If anyone has ANY ideas on how to go about combining the 2 I would be very very grateful, and my husband would have the best christmas present ever! I am especially looking for any ideas using the KISS principal. thanks!

Topic by jag5000 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Useful parts in mini fridge?

Hi folks, ive got a small, fully functional mini fridge that I have no direct use for. I am either going to donate the thing via Craigslist or free cycle, but was wondering what parts and things might be salvaged out of the thing and re-applied towards other projects? What has been your experience with things like this?

Topic by WayneEarl 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Fridge Magnet Challenge Winners!

You've voted, and here are the results!Congratulations to everyone who entered- you posted some great ideas, and hopefully your refrigerators look more interesting now! Please note that we only used the positive ratings to judge this contest- negatives were thrown out, and did not figure into the vote totals. First Prize: Page ViewsThe winner receives an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a Magnetic USB card reader kit.Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet) by PocketSizedFirst Prize: RatingsThe winner receives an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a Magnetic USB card reader kit.Magnetic random number generator for your fridge!! (Die) by steven07Runners-up: RatingsThe winners receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt.100% recycled magnetic bulletin board! by drinkmorecoffeeDieter's Face-Changing Bear Fridge Magnet!! by momo!Fridge Magnet: Out of Keyboard Keys by llama13Ouch! That must hurt! Fridge Magnets by 5VoltPosable Mr. Resistor Magnet! by technick29We'll run more of these speed contests in the months to come, so everyone will have a chance to enter and win.Winners, check your Instructables inbox tomorrow afternoon- I'll send you a private message with instructions on claiming your prize!

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


2 eggs walk into a fridge

This is an animated joke I made for class. I heard the joke from this 14 yo German girl and laughed so hard. Hope you enjoy it and please share if it makes you smile :)

Topic by Bungi-bun 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Salami Fridge/ Fermentation Chamber

I am trying to set up a salami / prosciutto fridge at home. This is good for everybody haha.FYISalami needs certain parameters to correctly culture and age.Day1 22-24C 95% Humidity Day2 18-20C 90% Humidity Day3 16-18C 85% Humidity Day4 14-16C 80% Humidity Day5 12-14C 80% HumidityDay6 12-14C 75% Humidity Day7 10-12C 75% Humidity To Age 10-12C 75% Humidity I have-a domestic fridge which I have cut and fitted an exhaust fan in the front a humidifier a light globe (for warming) a grey electrical box – holes cut and 4 single power points fitted.a Lcd display and control board (from Jaycar) for the arduinowhat it needs to do is the following I want the control panel to have, temp control, humidity control, I want the exhaust fan to run 1min every 4 hours – this is because ammonia builds up as a gas in the chamber, this needs to be removed via the attached fanI want the humidifier, the light and the fridge to be controlled by the same “temp” control; Ie Day1I set the fridge to 95% humidity and 24CLight on to temp then off - or on/off as needed Humidifier on to correct parameters then off - or on/off as neededExhaust fan comes on and the computer compensates this evacuation and temp/humidity is onDay2I set the fridge to 90% humidity and 22CLight on to temp (or fridge cooling, depending on temp)Humidifier on to correct parameters Exhaust fan comes on and the computer compensates this evacuation and temp/humidity is onEtc.. etc..etcNow this also means this needs to be adjustable via the little control box because some thicker sausage takes longer and thinner less… ie Humidity1=95%H 2=90%H 3=85%H 4=80%H 5=75%Htemp1=24C 2=22C 3=20C 4=18C 5=16C 6=14C 7=12C 8=10CAnddddd prosciutto doesn’t need this type temp/humidity drop. It only needs a stable 75% humidity and 12CThe idea is Ill have a sparkey wire up plugs into the humidifier, light, fan and fridge.. they all plug into my super sexy grey box that has 4 plug holes on it ( ill send you pictures)..The inside of the box - a 4 switch relay... to power the toys a connection and lead in that gives power…. And I have access to the liitle LCD screen to adjust the parameters when needed.I assume I need to get more electrical/computer parts for this.. and the program written that controls all this info.any info will be rewarded with salami.!!!!!!!

Question by BojanG4 7 months ago


Fridge Magnet... Sportsmanship Ethics

Good Day, and congratulations to everyone! First, I commend all of you that did not give any negative ratings to fridge magnet contest entries while you had an entry of your own. There were quite a few of you. Second, I'd like to take a moment to talk about bullies. I am defining a bully as someone that gives a gross amount of negative ratings in a very short period of time. Most of these negative ratings were placed on projects that already had a high score. After looking at the numbers -- even if we took into consideration negative ratings, the results would not have changed. Your efforts were in vain. To the community, 2 negative ratings within 3 seconds, 40 minutes before voting closed -- do you feel this fair play? To the bullies, you know who you are.

Topic by trebuchet03 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


What should I do with this old fridge?

I was thinking about using the coil on the back for a solar heater. Any other ideas on what parts I could strip and make something out of?

Question by iPodGuy 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How can you make a fridge more efficient? Uses of solar, heat exchangers, etc. Any ideas?

I was thinking of a heat exchanger, on one end a constant stream of cold well water, on the other end, the fridge coils. Or maybe use solar to cool it with peltier effect device? To keep it from coming on too often. Throw out any ideas, just though of this but have not seen it around, probably for a reason. It would be nice to use this idea at a cottage or camp eventually with little to no power, but at a cost worth building. The point would be to save money over the long run, so like a full blown solar would work, but it would cost a lot. Thanks again

Question by newinvestor23 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wine cellar

Hello Internet community. I have a problem/challenge and need some segestions. we have recently moved the family wine cellar into the cupboard under the stares. however, we also have a small fridge in there for things like lemonade and beer, the fridge`s compreser is heating up the cellar so it is too hot to keep wine in. we can`t move the wine or the fridge because there is nowhere else to put them. All segestions gratefully accepted.

Topic by HP psc 2110 all-in-one makebot 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Refrigerated Dog Bed

Ahoy-hoy, My first post on Instructables! Anyhow, we own a 10-month old Great Pyrenees and live in the drought stricken and warm Southern California climate. As summer approaches we have been looking at options to help keep her cool and we haven't had the greatest of luck with cooling beds available on the market, our Coonhound tore up the first one as a 50 lb pup during his first summer. I was thinking about potentially re-purposing an old mini-fridge coolant system into a cooling bed. My very initial thoughts are as follows: 1. Salvage working mini-fridge 2. Disassemble cooling system 3. Create bed surface using sheet metal (our Pyr won't sleep on the any of the multiple plush beds available to her, only concrete or dirt) 4. Create mount base for bed, ideal scenario would have a force sensitive switch that would only turn on refrigeration unit when dog is on the bed. 5. Thermally attach refrigerator expander coils to the underside of the bed, most likely via solder but could bolt together with thermally conductive paste 6. Rig up an enclosure and support structure for the compressor, heat exchange coils, and electronics. I imagine the bed surface resembling the weight scales at the vet but with some provisions to attach a padded fabric cover. Things to be addressed: 1. Ensuring proper temperature regulation...she has a thick durable coat but don't want to over due things. Temperature feedback shouldn't not be too much of a hurdle using an Arduino or using the existing "twisty-turny" nob in the fridge 2. Properly disassembling the salvaged fridge, don't want to unnecessarily release the refrigerant and defeat the whole purpose 3. Make this thing sturdy enough to survive the wear and tear of one and/or probably two 85 lb plus dogs Is this too far fetched (no pun intended, my dogs aren't retrievers)? Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rich 

Topic by richardwdyer 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Re-purposing a refrigerator

I am re-purposing a refrigerator to make an egg incubator. What crossed my mind was that perhaps rather than using another source to heat it, perhaps the chiller system (which is fully intact and working) could be reversed? Has anyone on here undertaken a project which involved deliberately causing a refrigerator to work in reverse and so heat up inside? Any information would be gratefully received.

Topic by grumpydad 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Fridge freezer to kegarator fermenter combo?

Gooday all, One for your Homebrew/refrigeration techs out there. I've got an old fridge freezer that I have decided to try put to some use by converting the freezer compartment to a fermentation chamber and the fridge area into a kegarator. I'm pretty confident I can do the necessary work for either of these jobs (with instructables guidelines!) but not sure about a fridge freezer as it's running off one compressor so (and I'm guessing here) if I have the freezer only kicking in occasionally to cool my fermenting chamber will that mean the fridge only kicks in occasionally too?? Will I not be able to have cool kegs and warm fermenters??? Help please, I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it!

Question by AshoBo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


making a mini fridge. need help!!!

 well i've decided to make a mini fridge out of an old computer case but i still dont really understand how. i know i need a peltier, heat sink, and a fan. but in what order? do i need a cold plate? how do i arrange all of the units to make the inside of the case cold? i'm not too techy so please be descriptive. :) my inspiration for this project is from this post, inventgeek.com/Projects/Minifridge/overview.aspx

Question by carly_gurl101 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I mount a fridge from the ceiling? Answered

My parents are moving into a home about a fourth of the size they live in now, since the kids are at college. The kitchen is a sad affair and needs to be torn apart. Even with a fair amount of work, the kitchen will be under 120 square feet. A standard fridge cuts the usable space down drastically and stick out into walking ad working areas.  Under cabinet fridges are being considered, but the below counter cabinet space is limited enough as it it, at best around, 200" linear of 32" deep counter and 90" of 24" deep counter.  The idea hit me when I was searching for fridges that fit under counters when I saw commercial display fridges, and mistook them for ceiling units.  So, is there any way to hang a small fridge from the ceiling? What kind of joists/beams would be needed to keep it from crashing down? Or is this a crazy pipe dream?? Are they just too heavy with all the copper coils and insulation?

Question by eggplanthunter 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



Where can i find peltier units in my house? Answered

I want to make a mini fridge so i need peltier units. I can post the mini fridge instructable when I'm done but i neeed peltier units!!

Question by sky0 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Where can you get a AC to AC adapter?

 I need an AC to AC adapter for the LED fridge light project. I however only known and have seen of AC to DC adapters for cell phones etc. Where can I get one? I have found websites that allow you to buy a customized one but only for batches of hundreds.  Specifically, I need 4.5V 500ma. Thanks in advance.

Question by kevincheng88 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

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


I don't know my peltier unit's specification, Help needed to identify

I have extracted a peltier TEC unit from my small USB fridge. I intend to put the cooling unit into a bigger and more better casing so it'll cool other things rather than a can softdrink. The problem is, it's just getting 18' celcius and I need it to be lower than that. I've tried using a USB charger that outputs the usual usb 5V but 1 amp, the temp just goes down 1-2' celcius.I want to put a higher voltage power into the cooling unit, but I'm afraid that I'll just burn the thing out.But the problem is, I don't know the spec of the peltier unit that I have.So, can anybody tell me the maximum voltage and amps that the peltier unit can handle?The cooler loooks like this http://www.everythingusb.com/mini_usb_fridge_12625.html

Topic by hafizan89 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Making a mini-fridge for my locker?

Hi, I am trying to build a fridge for a my locker at school to keep my drinks cold. I am going to construct it using the method in "$5 Mini USB Fridge!", but since it's in a locker I obviously can't use USB power. I thought about powering it with a 9V, but I don't know if that will last very long. Any ideas on how I could power it? Thanks! Adam

Question by Adambowker98 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What lubricant to refill a fridge compressor with?

Hey all, I just grabbed a compressor from a fridge that had been badly mangled by a bulldozer at a demolition site, planning to make a vacuum pump or airbrush compressor (or both!) Trouble is, I thought the liquid it contained was leftover refrigerant, and drained it all out. I didn't really have a choice, as leftover freon was gassing out of the compressor (thought it had lost pressure, but there was still a little in the compressor) and it was sputtering the oil everywhere. I held it upside down while carrying it home, and when I got it here, it was apparently empty. Then I found out that what I poured out wasn't liquid freon, but actually vital oil that keeps it alive. The compressor runs fine, but I only tried it for a few seconds for fear of destruction. I have many lubricants here, motor oil, 2-stroke oil, bike chain oil, etc. If I'm to dump an oil into my compressor, any ideas on which is the best call, and roughly how much should it take?

Topic by Rectifier 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can I use a fridge as a freezer? Answered

I have a two door fridge with a top freezer that I would like to use in the basement, but crank the fridge part down to use as a freezer, and turn up the freezer to use as a fridge. Do you see any problems with this?

Question by rjlynn 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Great idea for fridge magnets remake

Well, i think there alot of boring magnets out there, you get those ones with an attempt to be funny, or pictures from peoples holidays, well.Here is where the action is, 'Stuck Up Magnet Set:These chewy little fridge magnets are dead-ringers for the real thing except theres a high-power magnet molded right inside each piece. Four assorted flavors - bubble gum, spearmint, peppermint, and fruit-flavor. Includes four wads of "gum."Screwed Up Magnet Set:Sick and tired of losing all those little notes you write to yourself? You could bolt them to the fridge. Better yet, just try our new trompe loeil Screwed Up magnets - they won’t leave a mark!I think they would make a great present, and the chewing gum one would be a really easy one to make at home!Chewing Gum and ScrewsviaRGS

Topic by gmjhowe 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


can i turn a fridge freezer in to just a freezer?

I have and old vertical fridge freezer.( freezer compartment on top).  the seals have pretty much gone on the fridge part, so i am wondering if its possible to completely disable the cooling of the fridge part, while the freezer carries on working. i am assuming also that this will reduce the running cost of the unit if only the freezer5 cheers will

Question by agatornz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I add a DIY freezer compartment to my fridge?

I've got a large fridge, without a freezer compartment. I only use a small fraction of the space available in the fridge, so I was wondering if I could add a small freezer compartment to the top of it. The filament (or whatever it's called - the cooling bit) takes up the entire back wall of the fridge. It's built into the back, not visible. This is always getting covered with ice, even on low settings (probably because I only really use it to chill water - something to do with condensation, perhaps?), which I take to mean that it's capable of freezing stuff. And sometimes I leave bottles of water too close to the back of the fridge, and they get frozen solid. I was thinking I could maybe attach some kind of drawer to the back of the thing, just to keep ice cream, etc... But what could I make the drawer out of? Would it need to conduct the cool-ness from the filament at the back? Would I be okay to attach it by screwing into the sides of the fridge? (away from the cooling filament) I've spent all day googling for an answer. You're my only hope.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Problem: can't erase on whiteboard

I recently decided I needed a bigger whiteboard and so, in true instructable style, made one out of a fridge door. Unfortunately the fridge door had some stickers on it and I removed them with orange oil and some other cleaners. Now when written on, the whiteboard marker will not erase. Instead it smudges and cannot be removed even with water. What can I do to make my whiteboard usable agian? I've heard car wax can be good, should I try this? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Topic by TobyRhino 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago