Little project: Yard Fan

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    I have a couple of get togethers every year here at the house. One is burgers, dogs, and fireworks on a weekend near the 4th of july. The other is a fall party the wife likes to have for friends, kids, and grandkids. On my 4th event it is usually 100+ degrees. For that reason i don't start til 6 or 7pm, but even then it can still be 100 degrees. I have a 4 foot shop fan that i use to cool, but it simply won't put out the volume of air to cool 20 to 40 people.

    My neighbor is a scrapper, and he frequently receives used heat and air components from local A/C service companies. He got a big good unit a few days ago, and after some thought I decided I would try to use it for my yard.

    The project is mechanically finished, but it still must be wired. I will also clean and paint it. (any color suggestions?)

    The unit is 3.75' tall. The blower wheel is 2' across, and the opening is 1.5x2'.
    The motor is a 110/220v 1.5hp. The tongue is an old push mower handle. I am thinking this dude will flat put out the air. I may even have to chock the wheels to keep it from backing across the yard!:smile2:

    More pics and a performance rating later.
     

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  2. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    It has a straight front axle that has a single center pivot to steer, like a small wagon.

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  3. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Phil, how long have you had it running for a period of time?

    That motor in its former application was cooled by a constant flow of return air over it.
    Without that return air I would imagine the motor overload will kick it off in 10-15 minutes.
    Unfortunately I've been there:wink:

    I hope it works for you.
     
  4. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    Haven't, Mark. It came out of a local casino that had to upgrade. With it being exposed to ambient air while it is in use I am not worried about that prob. This thing will move enough air that even without containment the air will be moving around the motor.

    Did I mention i have 20 bucks in it so far?:big_smile:
     
  5. Dano

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    Dang Phil. You might want a make a go cart out of that. What is the longest extion cord they sale . LOL. Yelp, might need brakes. LOL.
    That thing looks pretty good. I bet you could put at one corner of yard and keep a breeze going throughtout the whole yard. little wind also helps keep bugs away.

    Doesnt really look like it needs painting. But, I like , hunter green.

    Another suggestion is a big water cooled fan. I got one with filters but they make em with copper tubeing also. Sure does cool the air down. Someone with right tools can make one.
    Mine needs a new motor and some other work so I didnt use it this year.
     
  6. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    you and the wife will get along fine, Dano - she too, likes hunter green.
    swamp coolers are great in arizona....here in oklahoma, with the humidity, all it does is make you sticky
     
  7. Dreadnaught

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    Phil, that thing looks great!!!
    The only thing i would add to it would be some expanded metal shields to keep the kids from getting sucked into it, LOL!!!
     
  8. tootuff2tame

    tootuff2tame New Member

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    Hunter would be attractive.
     
  9. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    yeah, belt guard and expanded metal shields for the intake are in the works...but i'm tellin ya, we have some kids over that i wouldn't mind seeing getting the grand tour of the wheel:lol:
     
  10. coltsfan

    coltsfan New Member

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    hey phil maybe you could invite tom brady over and have him stick his hand in there
     
  11. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Whatever that contraption is gonna be.........you know I'm of the other gender and well............I'd vote teal green or maybe a bright yellow, if you want people to stay away from it. Then you could tell them from a distance, don't go near that yellow contraption.

    LOL.

    Just move to the mountains. Cooler weather.

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  12. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    Thats awesome and I can fully appreciate the thought process of it lol I just wish I could be there when you turn it on lol
     
  13. Bubbakat

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    Creating your own tornado machine now, are we phil? :lol:

    That ought to put some air across the yard. I have a big 4 foot round one made for the barn that will put out some air.
     
  14. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Wanted to add, That thing looks like it would suck up a small dog, or blow him across the yard, depending on which direction he approached it.

    Make it remote control and when dog hikes leg on it, fire it up.:lol:

    Tell the kids to stay away from the noise. :smile2:

    I got a 1940 or something like that 14" house fan I use on my work bench.
    Still works good. They didnt think about fingers back then, ( safety ). The face cover, and back, I can stick my whole hand in and blades are metal. LOL.
     
  15. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Phil,

    I see a lot of thinking was involved to make a contraption like that. It looks pretty good..

    $20.00 total in contraption? Can't beat a deal like that..
     
  16. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    good luck be sure to have a vidio cam going when you fire it uo just in case
     
  17. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    Thats a great idea! Easy to move too!
    Bill
     
  18. Jesse168

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    I rigged one up from a regular central unit. The motor kept over heating like Mark said. I placed a cover over the squirrel cage opening on the opposite side from the motor. This made all air going into the squirrel cage pass over the blower motor and also put more resistance on the motor. It didn't over heat after I did that. Shielded motors are designed to have a certain amount of resistnce to run properly.
     
  19. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Jesse, I've done that for blowers with the motor being direct drive and in the squirrel cage housing.
    I'm still toying with my belt driven creation hanging from the ceiling of the barn trying to keep the motor cool enough to run all the time.
    Next on the list is trying a 3 or 4 inch piece of duct that will rob air from the output and throw it back onto the motor. Those motors get hot quick with little to no air flow over them.

    Mine is just a temprary air mover. I'll eventually wind up with a whole house fan and a heating and cooling system so I can work epoxy effectively any time of the year.
     
  20. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Phil, since you only have $20.00 in this deal why not grab up a used window unit. Enclose the flywheel side and motor compartment, mount the air conditioner on top and add some duct work. Bingo problem solved, you just cant run a coffee pot and roaster at the same time! lol:cool2: :big_smile: :roll_eyes: