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Old 04-24-2020, 04:44 PM
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I have a dorm-fridge that cools like a champ. The door is rusted and fallen apart. The compressor is good and really gets the inside cold plate icy cold.

I have another, larger, dorm fridge that the compressor is shot it, but the box and door are near perfect.

I have checked on a replacement door from the manufacturer, but none are available. I could try and fabricate one with sheet metal, spray foam an metal tubing...

There are no Schrader valves on any of the coolant lines on either fridge.

Any good DIY project ideas for using either one?
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Old 04-24-2020, 06:48 PM
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Use one to dry age meat.
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make a door keg-erator
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Can probably buy a new one cheaper than trying to fix one.

I've used these to charge appliances without schrader valves.
https://www.amazon.com/BPV-31-Bullet...7773109&sr=8-9
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Can probably buy a new one cheaper than trying to fix one.

I've used these to charge appliances without schrader valves.
https://www.amazon.com/BPV-31-Bullet...7773109&sr=8-9
That might be cheap enough to evacuate and remove working compressor from good cooling fridge and transfer to fridge with good cabinet and bad compressor!
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Old 04-25-2020, 12:58 AM
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I have an old upright freezer, that I was going to get rid of, but now I just stock emergency supplies in it, I just keep the door cracked open.
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If I were going to make a door for it I would use plywood and foam insulation. I think you would have a heck of a time getting sheat metal to lie flat.
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If I were going to make a door for it I would use plywood and foam insulation. I think you would have a heck of a time getting sheat metal to lie flat.
I second this recommendation. I've delivered to big commercial refrigerated warehouses and some of them use plywood and rigid foam to make big hanging sliding doors. Works great and cheap to replace.
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If I needed the smaller working dorm fridge, then would make another door from galvanized sheetmetal and iso foam or spray. If the bigger one was really useful, then would swap compressor and get it working again.
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I am putting the 2 fridges in the junk pile/parts pile for later use if needed. I think I will get the charging device MaintenaceGuy suggested in case I need to Frankenstein them together.

I lucked into a 2 month old large upright freezer and a 29cu ft 4 year old fridge for pennies on the dollar this weekend, and have vastly increased my freezer and fridge storage space.
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take the door off - rig up a box fan to the door opening and use it to cool your house, or dehumidify a room.
Or find a unit with a bad compressor and try to swap doors, changing a compressor is doable but you will need, freon, scales, torches, vacuum pump, gauges, piercing valve- stuff that most people don't have.
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take the door off - rig up a box fan to the door opening and use it to cool your house, or dehumidify a room.
Or find a unit with a bad compressor and try to swap doors, changing a compressor is doable but you will need, freon, scales, torches, vacuum pump, gauges, piercing valve- stuff that most people don't have.
I thought about that, but you would need the coils of the unit outside to vent the heat out or you just end up with a net heat gain. Also, the compressor and cooling plate aren't designed for the continuous use that would create and I think it would overheat the compressor. If you did it with a timing circuit to switch it on and off say every 30 minutes it might work.
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The compressor wont overheat. The refrigerant returning from evap coils is used to keep compressor at a constant temp.
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Point of reference: The kitchen equipment guy at work said you would be looking at $200 to move the compressor from on to the other if he did it and he could not guarantee the compressor from little one would be able to cool the big one.
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I've converted an old dorm fridge into a mini kiln for drying green wood, which I would then use for carving or turning on a lathe. I've also converted one into a dehydrator.

I would think that, with a desiccant similar to one used in a fire safe, an old dorm fridge might be a decent place to store ammunition.
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Fill with Tannerite and shoot it. Do this at a long range,not 25 yards.
Make a food smoker out of it.
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