***Custom brackets to hang dehumidifier in crawlspace***
So two months ago my friend and I completely sealed his crawlspace with 12mil plastic sheet. Taped all the joints and sealed the small vents/windows shut. He was tired of loosing all his AC and heat to that area and it really worked well! He said the electric bill dropped by 40% which is huge!! He got to thinking and didn't want to create another problem by holding in moisture so he decided to buy an industrial sized Dehumidifier to install down there......... and on to the project.
We decided to hang the unit from the beam under his floor joists so we needed some brackets.
I used 1/4" x 2" flat bar for the "U" of the bracket and 1/4" x 2" angle for the lower mounting tab.
It would have been easy to MIG weld it, zippity doo, and forget about it but I decided to use the TIG to get the job done since I have more fun with it.
This weld was done quickly and I just left the rod in the corner and used small circles with the torch...I was hot and in a hurry!
Once it was welded we drilled holes to run our threaded rod through. We had no luck finding any metric threaded rod locally so we bought some longer metric bolts that would thread into the unit and welded some 5/16" threaded rod to the bolts.
Of course we needed to paint the brackets....
And we wanted to keep any vibrations to a minimum so we lined the brackets with foam rubber... As well as rubber bumpers for the threaded rod to rest on....
Next was to mount the Dehumidifier....