Can I make a DIY car air conditioner?
The air conditioning stopped working in my car and of course my brother and I are doing a road trip down to Florida in a couple of weeks. I’m saving for a new car, so don’t want to pay for the repair now, but I’m dreading the heat. Can I DIY an air conditioner?
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- A large plastic bucket with a lid or styrofoam cooler with a lid
- A USB-operated fan a bit smaller than your bucket or cooler lid
- A few pieces of PVC tube
- Duct tape
- A utility knife
- A marker
- Lots of ice
- About ¾ of the way up the bucket or cooler, trace circles around the PVC pipes and cut them out with a utility knife.
- Insert the PVC pipes and seal any gaps between the pipe and cooler with duct tape.
- Lay the fan face-down on the lid and trace around it with your marker.
- Use your utility knife to cut a smaller hole than what you traced.
- Place your fan facing down into the cooler and use duct tape to seal all gaps and secure the fan.
- Fill the bucket or cooler halfway with ice and affix the lid.
- Secure your contraption in the back seat, plug the fan into a USB port, and bask in air-conditioned glory.