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DroneBot Workshop
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2019-07-30 5:42 pm  

I've been trying to drop the temperature down in my basement so I can get back into the workshop, and today I had a great idea. So I tried an experiment:

freezer fan

And it seemed to work, the area in front of the freezer was quite cool!

So here's the plan:

  1. I will purchase 10 stand-up freezers and 10 fans. I will also order a carton of heavy-duty extension cords on eBay.
  2. I will take the doors off of the freezers. I will repurpose the doors as (large) shelves.
  3. I will distribute the freezers all over the basement, with a fan in each freezer to distribute the lovely cool air.

 

This should drop the temperature nicely, so I can work in the summer months.  As a bonus, extensive testing has proved that by keeping the doors open the light will stay on, so I will save money on lighting the basement!

😍

To make this arrangement work during the winter months I will be buying an additional 10 power bars and 30 heat guns, which I will tie-wrap to the shelves in the freezers (3 per freezer).

Of course, I will be sure to make a video and article detailing how you can do this too. I will also follow-up with a video showing you how to bypass your electric meter.

😎

Keep cool!

 

Bill

 

 

 

"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak


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byron
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2019-07-30 8:47 pm  

Hi Bill,

for the winter months I suggest you could get by with just one hot air gun.  The trick is to wear loose clothing and attach said heater to one of your trouser legs.  Tie off at the wrist and neck but leave the other leg for the outlet.  Failure to provide an outlet may mean you find yourself floating around your basement like a hot air balloon, so be careful 😀 


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Spyder
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2019-07-31 2:23 am  

I don't understand. Shouldn't a basement always be cool ?

Mine runs about 65F in the summer, and 55F in the winter (hence the reason for the 3D printer enclosure)

Unless your basement isn't actually underground


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DroneBot Workshop
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2019-07-31 9:25 am  
Posted by: @spyder

I don't understand. Shouldn't a basement always be cool ?

The main culprit is the two dehumidifiers. They do a wonderful job of removing the water from the air, but at the expense of putting out a lot of heat.  I also expect that constantly running nine computers, four of them Intel I7's, doesn't help the situation!

It's nice down here until the middle of June, that's when the heat buildup starts. My basement is very well insulated, which is great in the winter but holds that heat in during the summer. And the lack of windows also contributes to the problem.  I also suspect that since my basement has been segmented into three separate rooms the airflow is being compromised.

It usually starts cooling down by the end of August. The rest of the house is air-conditioned, I try to use fans to blow a bit of cold air downstairs and it helps a bit.

Right now the temperature in the workshop is 27.8 Celcius, about 82 Fahrenheit.  Which is actually cooler than it is outside today, but still uncomfortable to work in.  But, thanks to those dehumidifiers, the humidity is 45%, which is great.

I have actually come up with a solution, one that doesn't involve ten freezers.  I'm going to convert one of the unused bedrooms upstairs into a small workshop that I can move into during the summer months.  I'll work on that this winter so it won't be an issue next year.

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Bill

"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak


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Berner
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2019-08-20 1:38 am  

I am kind of disappointed in you Bill! I was thinking you could build an array of quadcopters that always hover over you, using proximity sensors, lidar, and optical recognition to prevent decapitation.


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