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Home made removeable roof fan

Postby Sonetpro » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:21 am

On the maiden voyage it rained all weekend. I realized the need for a vent fan but didn't want one installed permanently. So I made this.
I took a 1/2 piece of oak ply and drilled holes for 8 20CFM computer fans. When I installed the vent trim it created a lip on the inside. I then cut a slot for the handle to go through. So to install I just plug it in slide it in to the lip, push it so the handle goes through the slot and turn the handle to lock it.
cost fans on ebay $20 switch from radio shack $3 ply scrap free = $23
It moves 160CFM and draws 1.03 amps.
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Postby Miriam C. » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:35 am

:o :applause: :applause: :applause: :thumbsup:
That has WOW all over it.
What a great idea.
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Postby Chip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:52 am

dats a super sucker,,,,,, 8)
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Postby SteveH » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:22 am

Neet idea Steve, and I bet it moves the air pretty good. One question though, does it sound like a fan in eight channel stereo? :lol:
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Postby Sonetpro » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:51 am

SteveH wrote:Neet idea Steve, and I bet it moves the air pretty good. One question though, does it sound like a fan in eight channel stereo? :lol:

Actually it is pretty quiet. But you being in the same biz. You know I'm used to the hum anyway.
I did modify the switch with a couple resitors though. so it is 2 speed.
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Postby Nitetimes » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:58 pm

Sonetpro wrote: I did modify the switch with a couple resitors though. so it is 2 speed.
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Ok, I'll bite, how?.. and what switch did you use?..

I like the way that fits in there, purdy slick!

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Postby Sonetpro » Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:16 pm

Nitetimes wrote: Ok, I'll bite, how?.. and what switch did you use?..

I like the way that fits in there, purdy slick!

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just a regular on-off-on switch from radio shack. I added resistance to 1 on so it reduces voltage and runs half as fast.
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Postby Dee Bee » Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:16 am

A great example of how to do it yourself and keep the money in your own pocket!

Way to go!

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Postby Steve Frederick » Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:55 am

Sonetpro wrote:I added resistance to 1 on so it reduces voltage and runs half as fast.

Great Idea! :applause:
How much resistance??
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Postby Melvin » Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:40 pm

You might be able to get dozens of these fans out of dead PSUs if you asked around computer repair shops.
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Postby rasp » Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:52 pm

very nice looking setup. could have just used a reostat to control the speed.
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Postby Sonetpro » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:45 pm

Steve Frederick wrote:
Sonetpro wrote:I added resistance to 1 on so it reduces voltage and runs half as fast.

Great Idea! :applause:
How much resistance??

22 Ohms
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Postby Micro469 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:24 pm

Sonetpro wrote:
Steve Frederick wrote:
Sonetpro wrote:I added resistance to 1 on so it reduces voltage and runs half as fast.

Great Idea! :applause:
How much resistance??

22 Ohms


Steve, I'm afraid I'm one of Darwin's throwbacks.... Can you explain in detail, with clear pictures how you wired the resistors on the switch?
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Postby Sonetpro » Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:44 am

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