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Old 06-30-07, 04:29 PM
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Cover the air handlers

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I have a laundry room that houses the two air handlers for our central air conditioners. They are ugly as can be, and I want to cover them somehow..but don't know how to cover them up so that they are not noticable. I can post a pic if anyone has any ideas as to this problem.
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Old 06-30-07, 05:16 PM
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A pic would be great. Some upload them to photobucket or similar and then paste the link to the pics here.
 
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Old 06-30-07, 05:35 PM
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I'll interject something while we wait on pix. If you cover them, you will have to leave them accessible to service guys and routine maintenance like periodically pouring bleach down the condensate drain trap, so just "boxing" them won't be an option.
 
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Old 07-01-07, 05:43 AM
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pics of air handler

http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o307/karaval/?action=view&current=airhandler1.jpg

http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o307/karaval/?action=view&current=airhandler.jpg

Thank you for your help. I hope you can offer some remedy for this.
 
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Old 07-01-07, 05:54 AM
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pics

i don't think those links to the pics work...so i am reposting the html code from photobucket. thanks

<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o307/karaval/airhandler1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o307/karaval/airhandler.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

I wasn't sure which code to use. I hope they come thru for you. Thanks again for your input..I really need help here.
 
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Three things to consider. Boxing in the air handlers will make the room look better, but (1) You can't cover the light switch, (2) the condensate drain pipe (next to the wall) must remain accessible and (3) the power disconnect must remain accessible.
I am assuming your filters are in other areas of the house. Otherwise the filter pan must be accessible, also.
Remember, it is a laundry room, and being a utility area, covering the units may be more work than it is worth, considering all the obstacles involved.
 
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Old 07-01-07, 12:38 PM
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It looks to me like a "shower curtain" approach might be best. Perhaps a curved track and custom drapery would hide them and still allow easy access.

What are those clips on the ceiling? Did someone formerly have a set of mini-blinds installed over the front of the units? There's another non-permanent option... box them in with mini blinds hung from the ceiling.
 
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Yes, those clips are from mini blinds that were up there...but the ceiling didn't hold them too good...I was thinking of some kind of privacy lattice on a track to slide in on...but don't know if that would be good..I really need to cover this up...the mini blinds came tumbling down. Of course they weren't put up properly tho. Thanks for your suggestions.
 
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Old 07-01-07, 05:49 PM
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Good idea Terry, on the curtains. Didn't mean to hijack the post, but it sounds as if your idea may just work and still leave access to the necessary stuff.
 
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Cool

Yes, that is a good idea about the curtain, but I think I want something a little more classy. The lattice would look good, but I don't know exactally how to start. Can anyone give me a clue as to using some kind of removable track for the lattice?
 
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Old 07-02-07, 10:32 AM
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If you wanted to use lattice, such as cedar lattice, I'd suggest you take a cedar 2x2 and rip a dado in it that is about 1/2" deep and 1/2" wide. Screw one to the ceiling, one to the bottom. Cut the lattice to fit, and slide it into the dado. Cap each end (left and right) with another 2x2 that has a dado, but be sure it fits between the top and bottom pieces loosely, and only tack it to the lattice- it's just there to stiffen the lattice. Like Larry mentioned, keep the left side of the lattice and end cap away from the switch, electrical box, etc. If you wanted to enclose the side, you'd do it the same way, but maybe you'd want to not have one overlap the other where they meet at the corner. that way you could slide either piece of lattice out without disassembling the whole thing.

Maybe Larry's got a better idea, but that's probably how I'd attempt what you suggest.

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Thanks Brant.....I was thinking of using the PVC lattice...the holes are not as big as the ones in the cedar type...and more private. I appreciate all your help and suggestions...Have a great holiday week....
Karen
 
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If you don't have a table saw to make a dado in a 2x2, (I thought of this later...) you could put up a 1x3, then nail two pieces of 1/2 x 3/4" piece of parting stop onto it... leaving a gap between them for the lattice to fit into. Good luck!

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Old 07-02-07, 05:05 PM
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I like the idea on the lattice, too. May look more permanent as well.
 
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