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What you need

Trace the fan

Drill the lid

Cut the fan hole

Add the fan

Trace the pipes

Drill a guide hole

Cut hole for pipes

Add pipes

Add ice

To make your own air conditioner you will need an ice chest, a drill, a skill saw, two 5-inch (12.7 centemeters) diameter PVC elbow pipes, a marker, duct tape, a battery-operated fan and batteries.

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Put the batteries in the fan and then lay it down in the center of the cooler lid. Trace around the fan using the permanent marker.

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Drill a hole in the center of the circle you traced on the lid. This will make it easier to cut out the circle with the skill saw.

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Place your skill saw blade in the hole, and cut a line that connects from the hole to the circle you traced. Continue cutting around the circumference of the circle until it is cut out.

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Place the fan in the hole so the front of the fan will point into the cooler when the lid is closed. Secure it with duct tape around the edges. You'll want to tape the edges on the back of the fan and on the front. I used a printed duct tape for a little pizzazz.

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Place one elbow pipe on one end of the the cooler and trace around it. Do the same to the other side of the cooler.

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Drill a hole in the circle like you did with the lid. Do this on both sides of the cooler.

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Cut out the holes for the pipes with the skill saw.

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Push the elbow pipes into the holes. Make sure that the ends of the pipes are pointing upward. Secure the pipe to the hole with duct tape around the edges, like you did with the fan.

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The last step is to fill the cooler with ice, close the lid and turn on the fan. Within 10 minutes, the air conditioner should be blowing very chilly air.

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