Always On: How to install a cooling fan
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Always On: How to install a cooling fan

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Sharon Vaknin breaks out the drill and jigsaw to show you how to install a cooling fan in your media cabinet.

-I like to keep my living really tidy and that means putting all my media devices in this cabinet, closed. The only problem with that is that it gets really hot in here and I'm afraid these gadgets will over heat, so what's the solution, to install a cooling fan on the side of this cabinet. I'll show you how to do that today, but first I need to turn this place in a workshop. Alright, my workshop is set up and now we're ready to get started, but first, let's talk about what we need. I've got my fan. Now, this is a temperature controlled fan. So, at 88 degrees, it will turn on and at 81 degrees, it will shut off, and I love it because it's super quite. Okay, I've got the fan and now my tools, I've this measuring and leveling tool, masking tape, a drill, screw driver and pliers. I've got my drill bits and jigsaw, and finally, you'll need measuring tape, let's get started. The first thing we need to do is center of the fan unit. So, it's about 15-1/2 inches and need to be at 7 and a quarter that will mark their. Now, I need to play some tape around where I'm gonna trace the outline of the fan. Reason being this cabinet has a finish on it and I don't want it to chip off when drill into it. Alright, that should do it, perfect. This is where I'm going to cut out a hole for our fan. There it is. Now, we got to do some drillings. So, put on a protective eyewear. Oh, yeah, it works. So, what I wanna do is drill a hole on this corner and on this corner. Here goes nothing. That felt kind of good. I'm not gonna lie. Alright, now, it's time to bring out the jigsaw. Now, what I'm gonna do is drill-- sorry guys. I didn't make sure it's level. Oh my God, the thing I should act-- some curtains-- Okay, I'm gonna read through these lines. The jigsaw-- I'm gonna up through this hole up here, go down here and then meet the 2 lines, okay. This is the moment of truth. Nice, okay. Now, actually, the real moment of truth is to see if our fan fits in the hole. If it does, I pass. It totally does. But before we can finish the installation, kind of do little cleaning, much better. Now, we can to installing the fan. Alright, the first thing we need to is secure the fan to this mounting for you. Now, what we'll do is fit this guy in here [unk] really nice. Lastly, we'll put 4 wood screws over here and panel would be ready to go. So, to make it easier to screw these woods screws inside, I'm going to drill 4 starter holes and then hand screw in those screw. So, just gonna mark the middle point of each of these. Now, I'm gonna carefully just drill a little-- not all the way through, just a little bit I have a good starting point from my screws. That looks really good. My fan is in place. It's basically flushed with the cabinet and when it's all said and done, my gadgets won't overheat. So, the last thing I need to do is put everything back in the cabinet and take this guy first then. My apartment is clean. Everything is back where it belongs and I can finally put this fan to work. So, the last thing I need to do is connect the fan to the temperature sensor and finally I'll connect this sensor to power. Okay, it's really hard in my apartment right now so the fan should go on almost immediately and it's already running. Now, you can put this temperature probe in specific high areas in your cabinet, but for me I'm just gonna throw it on top. Now, if you have any questions along the way, let me know on twitter, and send your suggestions to alwayson@cnet.com. Hey, if I can do it, so you can you.

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