Hunter’s fix is good enough to last until the window rattler breaks down I think. Which is likely several years from now at the rate we run it.
I hope to build another, better chiller, and have a spare ready to go well before then. We could knock one together with not much more than $60 in parts… but we usually recycle donated parts for them.
Ideally, I’d use a mini-split rather than a window-mount… That would let us just strip the cold-side and plunk it in the water bath. We could even mount the hot-side outside the building on a wall, if the hot-side was big enough, we could even strategically air-condition a few of the upstairs rooms.
@Kristen The hard drives were likely destroyed for security reasons. The time and the hassle of performing a “secure wipe” are way beyond the value of what’s likely a 3+ year old hard drive. A boring 1TB hard drive will do for general office work on these machines, and will cost about $60. Having said that, the single biggest performance improvement that an older computer can get is to install a solid state drive, for those you’re probably looking at $125 for 500GB… so double the price and half the space, but much better overall performance on the PC.
Me and @Chainmaildave were able to repair the new leak in the hose line. While we were at it we tried to repair the leak in the cooler. We weren’t able to do fully fix it and I recommend fundraising for a manufactured chiller. We can get a good one for under $600. It is still leaking quite fast and I won’t be able to work on it again until Thursday To hopefully get a better seal. I wouldn’t recommend using it in the next two days if possible. At the very least ALWAYS CHECK THE WATER LEVEL BEFORE USING. We do not want to burn out another tube due to it not having water.
I talked to @Vaughn today and he hadn’t been told anything about the van either. He also mentioned that he has found lots of loose nails lying around the parking lot from the mess left over from building the ramp at the side of the building.
It seems there is a lot of unknowns with what is going on with the parking lot right now.