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fhearguis

04:46AM | 12/29/01
Member Since: 12/28/01
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I have an air conditioner unit which passes through the wall of my home. It measures approx. 31" x 24" x 7" on the inside wall. I would like to box it in and cover the front with shutters. The wall that the unit is in is approx. 80" long and I would like the box to be approx. 70" long so that the wall and box look balanced. Any assistance as to plans, wood to use etc. would be most appreciated as I am very new home owner and do not have much experience in this kind of work.

Iceman

07:22AM | 12/29/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear A.P.,
First of all, do you want to build inside or outside. Closing in an A/C ground unit is simply not a good idea. The unit must get rid of the heat it generates from cooling the freon. If you want to beautify the inside of your home, let me know.
Len

fhearguis

08:22AM | 12/29/01
Member Since: 12/28/01
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Thank you for your quick response. I'm doing the inside of the house. Trying to cover the A/C unit and beautify it at the same time, hence the shutters, so that I can open it up in the summer months to run the unit.

Iceman

09:45AM | 12/29/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear A.P.,
What I would do is frame the space 1 2x4 deep and stain the 2x4 or drywall over it. Then install sliding bi-fold doors to make it look like a closet. The finish is up to you. Since you won't be using the unit when the doors are closed, I wouldn't worry too much about temperature changes, but I would look into the PVC or vinyl bi-folds to be on the safe side.
Good Luck,
Len

Mark Hammond

02:37PM | 12/31/01
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Fhearguis,
I have been following the conversation between you and Iceman. This is just another suggestion but I would try making a box of the dimensions that you need, out of pine, and then fasten it to the wall with hanging strips like those in the back of some kitchen cabinets. These strips can hold the whole "box" by fastening through them into the studs in the wall with screws for support. A face frame can then be made and the louvers or whatever type of shutters you prefer can be hung from this frame. Just another suggestion.....Mark Hammond

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