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Bruce and daughter Ellie Field's complete instructions on how to build your own Field Cooler
Field Cooler Parts List
Allied Part #
Soft wire type J, 15 ft
C19 cord set
Full swing castors
Other parts required: 5k BTU (or higher) room air-conditioner, front and rear bezel to fit air-conditioner unit, dryer tubing, nylon material, glue bag to fit cooling unit, many screws, filter material, sewing machine. Plus, there is elbow-room galore for customization!
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