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UPDATE: 3-24-10 New Friend...

Well, it seems like my last big purchase was made tonight for this project, and I couldn't be happier...

Meet my new friend... Sharp 10,000 BTU Portable A/C Unit in BLACK!!!

First of all, it's so hard to find anything black in terms of A/C goes, but one that looks as good as this to match the decor is even harder to find.

I was a bit skeptical about it's performance and it's claimed "Library Quiet", but let me tell you guys that this unit ROCKS!!!

After doing some extensive research, I found that the reviews were a little mixed bag... Some good, and some terrible.

I decided take a gamble and try it out, since I could always return it.

Well, I couldn't be happier... It really is THAT QUIET!!! It's cooling performance is GREAT! Even on the regular setting (This thing has a MEGACOOL option, where it runs on TURBO mode for 30min), I had to turn it down quite a bit. It's on MEDIUM FAN right now, and it is actually quieter than my sig rig, which is a HUGE PLUS.

First the pics...











I do have central Heat and Air, but this will supplement it to keep my room nice and cool all year round. During winter, I have to shut the vents in the room to keep heat from coming in, and it still stays around 74F...

The old window unit was a 4000BTU Unit, so I can only imagine the frigid temps this will be capable of...

During the summer time, without the old window unit which this replaced, the temps would go to around 78F, which is a bit toasty for me. With the old window unit on max, the ambient temps would reach around 70F, which was much more comfortable. With this unit, I am hoping to keep the room around 65F to 67F year round, with all the PCs and electronics on... We obviously won't know until dead heat of summer...


ANOTHER UPDATE...

I put in some chairs today, which I bought from IKEA awhile back, and never got around to use, since my old setup didn't leave much room for it.

These are UBER comfy, and they are pretty minimal in terms of floor space needed. They are not small by any means, but a comparable seating surface would require a recliner of some sort, which would be way too bulky.

I bought RED awhile back, because I liked it against the black frame. At first, I was unsure about having something that bold in the office, but I think it adds some color to the office, which would be otherwise just be monochromatic. I can always change out the seat cushions though, so once I get tired of it, I can just replace it with something else.











Right now, all I am limited to is my MBP... I REALLY need to start installing the WS tomorrow...

I am getting the final few details done tomorrow, like putting up the new blinds or shades (haven't made up my mind yet, and maybe a rug for the seating area in front of the TV (haven't made up my mind yet about that either).

Thanks for watching...
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Looks great. I think it's safe to say that is your new mancave?
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Looks great. I think it's safe to say that is your new mancave?
Thanks...
Mancave / Work Space, depending on time of the day...
Great thing about working from home is I get to have all this, and still be able to justify it to my wife... I don't think she would have been so understanding if it weren't for the money coming in from working from this space.
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Looks great. I have that same AC unit btw.

Bought it for when we lose power during hurricanes. Plug it into the generator and cool my dad's room
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Italian Job

nice work by the way awesome plan and execution makes me want to tidy and paint my room... and then i remember i am extremely lazy
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Italian Job

nice work by the way awesome plan and execution makes me want to tidy and paint my room... and then i remember i am extremely lazy
"YOU WILL NEVER SHUT DOWN THE REAL NAPSTER!"

LOL...

Thanks for the compliments... I am really lazy too... But I am trying to be better at it...
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Looks great. I have that same AC unit btw.

Bought it for when we lose power during hurricanes. Plug it into the generator and cool my dad's room
Cool... The mounting system leaves something to be desired, but I think I am going to do a custom mount for it later, which will involve some plywood and cutting out a hole for the vent.

I really like this unit... It kinda takes few minutes for it to kick in, but once it does, it's refrigeration cold...
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post #108 of 367
Very nice! That ac unit is something I want, these two fans in here don't do a thing for the heat . How much was it if you don't mind me asking.
    
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Wow. That setup is boss! Great color scheme too, very neutral and easy on the eyes.
    
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hmmm... your haven is coming on, but i dont think that the ikea chairs will last very long, i had 2 ikea chairs, and they both fell through. i think thats just because the swedes dont like us brittish people, obvious really, they gave us sven gorren erikkson, who interestingly, managed notts county football club (my local team) and i sat pretty much next to him in a game. he sat next to my dad... my dad being the alcaholic he is hurled abuse at him, but that isnt the point. the point is i would have gone for some sexy bang + olufsen chairs.
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