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HAMB style air conditioning in the garage...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dane, May 2, 2013.

  1. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,351

    from Soquel, CA

    It's hot as hell today...

    I have the water hose nozzle just cracked open enough to spit a fine mist onto the cement. Behind that is a portable fan on high. It's blowing at me under the car I'm working on. It works!

    What do you guys do when it's hot? I already got a cold beer...
  2. I just usually wipe my sweaty forehead on the sleeve of my shirt until my shirt sleeve is soaked. Then I switch shirts.

    Or I just let the sweat drip onto the inside of my shield while grinding and curse the weather for being so damn hot.

    July and August, I get a lot more done after 6 with the garage door open. Sometimes working in the middle of the day just isn't worth it.
  3. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Cold beer works!

    I bought one of those mister fans at lowes. It drenches everything, but at least you stay cool. One day though I want to buy a used portable swamp cooler for the garage.
  4. I like your simple idea. Here in Floriduh, my biggest problem is the bugs, that come out at night. Some will wrestle you to the grouind and steal your cold beer.(that you where using to stay cool) HA!

    Neighbor has one of those nifty roll down huge screens, on his garage. That's on the wish list.


  5. Portable swamp cooler I bought for $20 at a garage sale :D
  6. I sure need to do something, garage door faces west, gets warm!
  7. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,144

    Roger Walling

    Hasen't anyone heard of airconditioning? 25000BTU's do my shop.

    The ceiling fan worked today.
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,147


    I saved the squirrelcage fan and motor out of an old oil furnace that a guy gave me a few years ago and after saving it for a couple of years I pulled the fan out of it and scrapped the rest. That thing will blow about as much air as you can stand as it was designed for a 2500 sf house. It sits on a stand right now and I can aim it where I want it.
  9. In AZ in the summer, that would give you the worlds largest hair dryer. Good news, you could cure paint in 3.2 seconds,lol.
  10. Catdaddyo
    Joined: Mar 9, 2005
    Posts: 136


    Same here, its OK a little on the small size
  11. I move mine around to wherever Im working. It wont cool the shop, but it keeps ME cool.
  12. 34toddster
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,481

    from Missouri

    Move to Kansas City it's 37 here and trying to snow but it was 83 yesterday!
  13. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 729

    from Canada

    I haven't tried it but I"ve heard you can take a towel and hang it so it just has an edge soaking in a tray off ice, then put a fan behind it. As the ice melts, the cold water draws up the towel and the fan blows cold air. Again, haven't tried it, but makes sense to me.

    I'm still needing to heat my garage by the way, and had to scrape the ice off the windshield this morning.

    P.S. it was 43 here today and was a beautiful day.
  14. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 691


    Hot! Come to Iowa, freak snowstorm today. Mostly slush here on roads, but grass is covered! Had to turn on my heater in garage this afternoon. As a note, I just mowed grass on Tuesday.
  15. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,354

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    I love the heat! :cool:
  16. I give thanks it's NOT winter!

    And oh yeah, turn on the fan.
  17. InPrimer
    Joined: Mar 10, 2003
    Posts: 778


    I try to start early and quit by 11am This f'n place gets hot but sure beats 5 mo. of freezing snow from where i came from
  18. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,351

    from Soquel, CA

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  19. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,354

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

  20. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 3,884


    Levels of coolth available from not-so to brrrrrrrrr:

    1. A little bit of air movement over body / skin provides a sensation of cooling, especially if one is sweaty (evaporative cooling).

    2. Using an evaporative cooler (swamp box) to reduce the temp of air that can be directed over body, as in 1. above. Relies on wet bulb temp fo air being lower than dry bulb (gets boring after knowing all that). The bigger the gap (dry climate), the more effective and cooler you will feel, the smaller the gap (humid climate), revert to 1. above before the mildew gets you.

    3. Refrigerated air cond. Expensive to buy, expensive to run. Provides actual cooling, so long as it's big enough to cope with the heat load. Reduces actual air temp by removing heat and transferring it elsewhere.

    4. Tray of ice down your shorts. Sure, it makes parts of your body run away and hide, when they should be nearby for scratching, rubbing and enjoyment, but you won't be worried about being hot.

    OK, stupid answer to an early season question. Sue me.
  21. I work in the morning, once the heat hits I head to the titty bar. Neither problem or solution is available during my time in Washington.
  22. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I often thought abount making a coil of 1/2 pipe. and running water through it before I water the lawn, and then have a fan behind it. The water from my irrigation well is so cold, it will porobably work

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