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#481 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 09:22 AM

The air comes in through a filter vent on the top back. I am thinking the efficiency not being very good. This unit is very directional, meaning that like the propane heater, it is comfortable when in front of the unit, even at 25' away, but it seems to do little more than knock a few degrees off the overall shop temperature. I do notice a big difference in the drop of humidity in the shop which is greatly appreciated.
I will most likely use this through this summer and be able to report on the days that hit 110 in the shade, in the mean I will be looking into a split system type as this sounds like another option that will work in my situation (not wanting to cut large holes in the walls). Preliminary search at Home Depot shows a 18,000 btu unit for $1,200.00 but with very poor reviews.

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It is 9:30 right now and the wall temp shows 81, the unit reports 77. Where I am setting it feels like 80, but if I direct the unit in my direction it feels like 77. Yes I placed an oscillating fan on top, it doesn't have enough cold output to cool the whole shop, and the unit hasn't cycled once sense I placed it in service.

I may pick up some tarps and split the shop like I did my old one so I am only cooling a 12 X 18 area instead of the full 24 X 18. This seemed to work well when I was heating the 12 X 24 last winter.

 

At least I can easily move this unit from one side of the shop to the other depending on what I am working on. The Tractors dont need A/C unless I am working on them.

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Your ceiling heat off the metal roof will work tremendously against you. If you could collect & exhaust that hot area would help a lot. If you could partition like you mentioned to decrease your cooling needs would be good. Looking nice.
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Posted June 07, 2014 - 09:19 PM

I just finished hanging two 8' X 10' heavy duty tarps to cut the shop into two 9' X 24' areas, I have a 2' overlap in the center which allows easy access to the other side. Just in the last couple hours there is a 10 degree difference between sides, and the other side is noticeably more humid. The A/C just started to cycle at 78 degrees. Oh I also have 1/2" metal backed foam panels on the ceiling. Really no way to vent unless through the ridge cap.

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 09:27 PM

The tarp looks like a good idea. It will keep the non working side cleaner too.


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Posted June 08, 2014 - 10:06 AM

 I think the tarp will work well. I may even add another later to the office side (when it hits 110) which should make an air gap between. I am adding large J-hooks so I can roll these up and store out of the way when I need the full space. It's raining hard right now so not much is getting done. 

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 11:52 AM

Nice rain cooled morning, want to try and finish the trim so I need full access to both sides, here is the solution. Only takes a couple minuets to roll up and take down.
 

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:45 PM

That's a good solution, Larry!



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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:46 PM

You should get a second unit to put on the shop side so you don't melt working on the tractors. Easy enough to turn on and off.


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Posted June 10, 2014 - 08:23 PM

I am waiting to see what this does to my electric bill. If not too bad I may get one of those 5K window units for the tractor side. Right now I have the tarp up and it is staying at 77 deg, Corse it is only in the low 80's now. Un-usual for this time of year.



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Posted July 20, 2014 - 05:51 PM

I was able to get the 7 remaining sheets of 11/32 sanded pine panels. I finished out the back wall today, only one more wall to go, then on to the work benches.

 

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 05:53 PM

Looking good, Larry!


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 06:30 PM

Looks better than my house.


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 09:35 PM

It was a GREAT day in Central Texas today. All I ran was the fan, it stayed below 90 today! Latest upgrades. The Wal-Mart shelves were ok but blocked a lot of the peg board and didn't give any bench top workspace. I wanted some benches that I could drop a 18hp engine on and not have it sag.
I went with 2X6 and 2X4 design. simple, easy to build and will last forever. I built two 8' benches 30" high using 5 (2X6) for the top, and a shelf at the 18" mark covered in the same material I used on the walls 11/32 pine. This has cleared the peg board area, and I have extra (for now) shelf space available. I also picked up a (free) 4 shelf unit that I am trying to decide what to do with.
I do plan on a couple more benches later on, more specialized for Electronics work, and a computer desk.

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Posted August 03, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Looks nice. We have had some record lows the past week or so...I like it. The bench you use for the messy stuff temporarily screw down a piece of tempered masonite. This is cheap & when it gets too dirty to clean replace it.
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Posted August 03, 2014 - 06:17 AM

Looking good Larry! Nothing like a good solid work bench.


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