OK, this will probably be the last entry in this series for awhile. I’ll post some pics in my Workshop area once I have everything moved, and the shop set up.
So, what’s left? I have a ceiling, electricity, lights, walls, doors, and a floor.
Comfort. That’s right boys and girls. I don’t like to sweat it out in 90+ degrees with 90%+ humidity such as we have here in the St. Louis area in summer time. Nor do I like having to bundle up like the Michelin man, just to get some shop time in. Don’t get me wrong, I love the changing of the seasons – just not in my shop.
During the demolition and reconstruction, Mr. Heater worked fine. He smells a bit, but it was worth it to have some warmth. What to do come summer though? Window unit? As with many things in my shop, I really like versatility. A tool that can do more than one thing for me, and do it well.
To that end, and after a lot of research, I decided to install a PTAC (Portable Terminal Air Conditioner). Or, more accurately, A PTHC – Portable Terminal Heatpump and Air Conditioner (I know, the acronym doesn’t fit – live with it).
This past weekend, the project was to get the puppy installed.
I had left room (i.e. didn’t cover with OSB or insulation) for it on the back wall. Installation was frighteningly easy.
Step one, cut a hole in the wall
Step two, install the sleeve, set it to lean back 1/4 bubble, then screw it in to the studs
(forgot to take a picture)
Step three, install the grill to the outside (to protect the unit)
Step four, wrestle the main unit into place, and attach it to the sleeve.
Step five, caulk the opening, and attach the faceplate.
For those who have a morbid curiosity about HVAC specs:
It’s an Amana PTAC unit with Heat pump with a 3kw electric backup for when it gets really cold. It’s rated at 12,000 btu cooling, and 11,900 for heat. It’s got an EER of 10.8. 220V/20A.
That’s it for now folks. Time to get everything moved.
Thanks to the wonders of electricity and technology, I even have tunes in the shop:
-- To do is to be