Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Install a Portable Air Conditioner - Part 1 of 2 - Patio Wall

Fig.1 New portable air condition
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Caulking gun
Claw hammer
Cordless screwdriver
Drill brad point bit  1/4
Level (As large as the AC unit)
Pencil #2
Phillip bit #2
Jigsaw blade (wood)
Jigsaw Power Tool

Tyler Zowat, noticed the listing and called me to come to his home in Perris, California. He had a new patio installed late last summer and he noticed that the heat made it difficult to watch his new flat screen television. He had tried various portable A/C units but none of them seamed to cool down his patio area. Finally he purchased a wall mounted Frigidaire with a 10,000 BTU that could cool down an area of 500 square feet. Tyler purchase it from his local The Home Depot.

This post shows the six steps to installing a a Portable Air Conditioner in a patio wall.

Step 1: Above right fig.1 shows the box that housed the new ac unit. Fig.2 below shows the Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner that will need to be installed.
Fig.2 New Frigidaire 
portable air conditioner 
Step 2: Fig.3 and fig.4 shows both sides of the wall that the client wanted the ac placed.
Fig.3 Wall placement
Fig.4 Interior of the
patio wall
Step 3: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows that a penciled line was placed in the wall where the ac unit will be installed. The purpose of using a cordless drill is to Drill all four corners to aid in placing the jigsaw blade into the patio wall. Fig.6 shows the right side was drilled.
Fig.5 Inside wall placing 
the first hole
Fig.6 The first drilled 
hole in the wall
Step 4: Fig.7 shows the that the drill reached the outside of the patio wall.
Fig.7 Drilled past outside wall

Step 5: Fig.8 shows using a level will aid in marking off the opening for the ac unit.
Fig.8 Wood level
Step 6: Fig.9 Use the level as a guide and draw the ac opening. Notice below the rectangle is ready to be cut by a jigsaw. Notice that bottom has been drilled ready for the jigsaw blade to cut the opening. The next post will show how this job was finished.
Fig.9 Outside opening

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