Chas
Chas
  • Hometalker
  • Jacksonville, FL

$50 AC Unit Hack

4 Materials
$50
4 Hours
Easy

Hey y’all,


We are pretty excited to bring you our latest build. In our back yard we have an old ugly ac unit. It’s an eye sore like most people’s AC units!


So we decided to hide it with these easy DIY AC shroud.

Here’s what we had to work with... A pitiful bush an a hunk of metal on a small concrete slab.

With a little research we realized we would need certain spacing in order to not suffocate the unit and leave room for breath ability.


We surmised that we needed 54 inches total of an air gap.

We went to the drawing board and came up with this simple design.


We started with four 2x4 posts evenly spaced around the unit.


Then we ran 2x4 on the top and bottom to connect the posts.

Lastly we screwed in the 1x2 slats. We wanted to use slats to again aid in breathability of the unit.

It may look tight but we left enough room! 💪😁

We chose not to cement the posts in case of Maintance or replacement of the unit. Of course we used pressure treated wood.

Just how we planned it!


Hope y’all enjoyed and got some ideals. ✌️

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  • Lori
    on Jul 19, 2019

    Isn’t it heavy enough to just sit on the ground?

    • Robyn Garner
      2 days ago

      From my reading and my living in FLaDuh, I think he made this intentionally not cemented in and having just 3 sides.

      He stated, "We chose not to cement the posts in case of Maintance or replacement of the unit."


      Having only 3 sides allows him to drag it forward for maintenance.

      Or, to the garage in case of hurricanes. We who live here and are DIYer's or use our yards pretty much all have items we must store in the garage (or in the house if need be 🌪) 3 sides gives the "shroud" stability to stand on its own, be pushed against a wall, and to have other items packed in around it.


      I think the design is perfect! 👍

  • Becky
    on Jul 20, 2019

    I think it's beautiful. My neighbors would really thank us, they have to look at our AC units more than we do!! In your materials you list concrete. But your unit was already on a slab. So what's the concrete for?

    • Sherilyn Lawson
      on Aug 10, 2019

      yes i'm confused by this as he stated that they did NOT secure into the ground in case it had to pulled away for repair work on the unit. (and there was a comment in hurricane and tornado prone areas it would need to be cemented in...maybe that's why they list the concrete)

  • Jen dillon
    on Aug 4, 2019

    How would you be able to service the unit? Is there a service door or can it be picked up an moved?

    • Robyn Garner
      2 days ago

      He stated, "We chose not to cement the posts in case of Maintance or replacement of the unit."


      He can pull the entire thing forward for repairs.

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