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Project by Jason™ posted 07-30-2012 06:39 PM 3201 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We purchased a portable AC unit back in the spring of the year and when it arrived I was quick to get it hooked up and installed in our window in the living room of our small town house. My other half as most would call em did not want a window unit this year and had been looking around for a portable one so we could at least open the window for some fresh air in the cool evenings.

Well the kit that came with the unit was a few pieces of plastic that was supposed fit in the window without any trouble at least that is what the host pitched to everyone on QVC. Lets just say it did not fit well at all and there were large gaps in the top and bottom of it when we had it in the window. The hose connector part that went to the kit seemed to fit in the hole at first but as we removed it a few times in the evenings we noticed the next morning it became more and more of a challenge to keep it from coming loose.

So I made my own out of a piece of old white board I had lying around. I been practicing using different types of stains lately and I really like the walnut color on almost everything I have been trying to make. Probably not the best choice of finish for something that is going to be exposed to extreme sunlight and rain. But we will see how it goes. The second picture is the junk plastic piece that was supposed to be a good fit for any newer model window.


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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 07:14 PM

I have three of these in our old house. We still have one pipe steam heat so it’s a window unit or the portable. The units work quite well but I too had a hell of a time keeping the hose attached to the connector. Been thinking about doing this, now I have to. Your’s came out so well.

One question, how do you get the hose to stay in place? Did you screw through the flange?

Thanks for sharing and putting me to work.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 07:36 PM

Thanks for your comment Ken! I have yet to figure out a good way to actually secure the oval end flange piece. I just really took my time making the hole so the flange would fit very snug in place. I have yet to break it loose from the hole, when I take it out I just remove the hose off the back of the AC unit and take the whole board out of the window. It has held up to the weight of the hose and has yet to fall out. I didn’t want to ruin any of the pieces the AC unit came with just in case we move or my piece I made happens to warp and not fit anymore.

-- Im all night long!! all night .. all night .. ALL NIGHT LONG

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 12:13 AM

Well I will work on it and if I come up with something I’ll let you know.

How did you get that in the window? It isn’t very flexible. How thick is the wood?

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 04:46 AM

I measured the widest part of the inside window frame where a screen would go it there was one. I then glued up a strip on the inside at the top that can be seen in the main picture so the bottom of the window would have a seat instead of sliding down over the entire board. The third picture (outside) you can see where I placed a second piece that was angled to deflect rain. The outer bottom of my window has a rubber strip across it that actually helps to seal the whole board up perfectly. Completely shocked I was when I actually measured something, went to the basement, marked and cut the piece. I brought it up and WHAA LAA! fit like a finger in an a**. Pardon me. I used a cheaper wood called whitewood? I think that is what it is called, standard thickness 3/4”. Hope you got something from my poor explanation of this.
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Good luck and yes a solution for a temporary seal is floating here somewhere

-- Im all night long!! all night .. all night .. ALL NIGHT LONG

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 12:41 PM

Very nice solution. I must do this as well!
I wonder if we could mount the factory plastic piece to the outer part of the board for a more clandestine look. Maybe put a piece of screen between to keep any bugs out?
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 05:24 PM

Jason, this is really ironic. I started to lay out my version and our boiler died. It heats and gives us hot water. It’s a one pipe steam radiator setup.

We bit the bullet and are having forced air with central air installed in two weeks. No more radiators, no more individual ac’s and hopefully we will same some money on our natural gas and electric bills. Also have a Ranai instant hot water heater so the new boiler won’t have to run to make hot water. I guess you could say our home built in 1876 is coming into the 21 century.

Good luck to everyone making these adaptors.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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