Don't you have the original condenser?
Ask your HVAC friend if he has a condenser around or find an old window AC and have him recover the gas and then chop of the condenser
For the brazing rod and mapp kit, what did you get? Make sure to get higher quality rod, it will make your life easier, look for a high silver content (15% ++)
I did not see a filter drier on the dehumidifier, that may have just been my poor glances, but you will want to throw a filter/drier in there after the condenser, on the liquid line.
If it is a copper spun filter/drier, it will have a schrader already on there, which will make your life easier
Also, one quick note: make sure compressor discharge enters the top of your condenser so that the condensed refrigerant will flow to the bottom and out.
Are you going to recharge with R22? I believe it is completely phased out at the end of 2010, but your mate may still have some.
We need some pr0n
I'll be here watching Edited by wcdolphin - 6/17/10 at 9:31am