Air conditioner made with bucket

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by Debbie Hernandez, Home Depot

azfamily.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:37 AM

Here are the Materials and "How To" Instructions for The DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Air Conditioner:

In the event that your Air Conditioner goes out in our 100 degree plus summer heat, or your air conditioner just doesn't work very well, or one room of your home just won't cool down, or your pets need cooling down inside or out, or your going camping, or air conditioning is just way to expensive (this unit can supplement), or for any unique air conditioner deprived situation you may have, here is a very easy, inexpensive, very effective DIY Project that will really help!

Materials:
-One Home Depot 5 Gallon Bucket and Lid (only Home Depot Buckets work, LOL!)
-1 1/2" PVC Couplings (qty 3)
-2 1/4" Hole Saw Attachment for a drill
-9" Table Top Fan
-Small roll of Foil Coated Insulation
-Drill
-Utility Knife and Scissors
-Gallon Jug of water
-Black Marker
-Rechargeable Battery or Portable Solar Panel (OPTIONAL)


Instructions:
-Place Gallon Water Jug in the Freezer.
-With the Hole Saw, Drill 3 holes into the front of the 5 gallon bucket approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches apart 2 inches down from the rim of the bucket.
-Cut a piece of the Foil Coated insulation to 42" wide by 13" high.
-Cut a circle of the insulation to fit in the bottom of the bucket as well.
-Place the insulation into the bucket as a liner.
-Trace through the 3 holes in the bucket on the insulation with a black marker.
-Pull insulation out and cut out the 3 holes, place back into the bucket.
-Insert Couplings into the holes through the bucket and the insulation.
 (easiest to brace the bucket with your hand inside behind each hole).
-Unscrew and remove the stand from the fan.
-Place fan face down on the bucket lid and trace around the fan.
-Cut out the center of the lid using a utility knife on a cutting board.
-Place frozen gallon jug into bucket inside the insulation.
-Secure lid onto the bucket with fan face down in the lid.
-Plug in to existing outlet, use a portable solar panel or a rechargeable battery.
****ENJOY AND STAY COOL FOR PENNIES****
 

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