Who can believe it’s already October?? I love the cold weather, so I look forward to the changing seasons each year with more and more anticipation. I also look forward to having this house finished with more and more anticipation each passing week! We seem so close to the finish line, and yet there is still so much to do. One thing we can finally cross off our to-do list is installing the AC and heat unit.
Many months ago we found the through-the-wall AC unit we wanted and framed out the spot in the wall for its dimensions. We didn’t buy it because it wasn’t on sale and we simply didn’t need it yet, so why rush to get this expensive bulky thing that will just sit in our garage for a long time? Well, you rush to buy it because if you wait it will have been discontinued! Oy vey. We eventually found a different unit (that actually turned out to be cheaper) so no panicking ensued.
Because of the different unit, we had to adjust the hole we framed to hold the AC. The hole was a little too wide, so Eric had to add in a 2×4. He also had to notch out a small section in the bottom plate of the hole to allow for the AC sleeve that had a small bar running across the bottom. That bar helps tip the AC just barely so any water from condensation will run to the outside of the unit instead of into the house.
Once the notch was cut out, Eric moved to the outside of the house to cut out the hole in the sheathing and siding. He used a hole saw first, and then moved to a zip-router to precision cut the rest of the hole. This zip-router is an awesome new tool that we’ve been using and it makes life a lot easier for different jobs. I’ll be talking about it again when I get posting about putting up the inside walls. We’ve used a router before, but the zip-router is just a smaller, more precise version. For those who don’t remember what a router does from our sheathing post, a router is used to “rout out,” or hollow out, a hole or groove in a piece of wood, metal, or plastic, giving you finished edges, and precise holes. There is a spinning metal rod that runs across one piece of wood as a guide, while cutting the wood you want removed for the hole. So for this case, the zip-router used the 2x4s that framed the space for the AC as guides and cut out the sheathing and siding. Super easy and super fast!
Once everything was cut, we vacuumed up all the sawdust and cleaned up the area. I then painted the edge of the hole to add a bit of extra sealing for the elements. Eric spray painted the sleeve to match the rest of the metal on the house, and once everything was dry, we attached a thin piece of foam to the opening. We pretty much shoved the sleeve through and screwed it into place. The unit suggested buying some type of grill piece to cover the outside of the sleeve. We thought about buying one but they were stupid expensive, so instead I found some decorative metal sheets for much cheaper, we cut it to size, and used it instead. Yey for saving money! The final step was trimming out the sleeve. NOOOOOOO! NOT TRIM!!! Thankfully, we already had the trim ready, so it only needed to be cut to length and attached.
You can see from the picture above that I still need to add a bottom piece of decorative metal to hide the white AC unit sitting inside the sleeve. I also just realized I didn’t take any pictures of the AC from inside the house, so I’ll have to add those later. I have quite a few new posts already in the line up, so check back in a few weeks for more updates! Happy October, everyone!