Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Hiding a Beloved Eyesore

Let's just start by saying that I love our swamp cooler.  The summers here are hot and dry, and while we do have air conditioning, it is very expensive to run.  The swamp cooler, or evaporative cooler, not only inexpensively keeps the temperature comfortable, it also adds just a bit of moisture to the air.  Swamp coolers therefore are not as effective in places of high humidity, but for dry desert climates, they are great.

They are not, however, terribly attractive. 


When we decided that the wedding reception here will be in our backyard, we figured we might want to spruce the backyard up a bit.  My clever husband whipped up this solution to the swamp cooler issue.


Much better!

Have you ever screened something useful from view?

 Thanks for ways to stay cool in the heat.  And thanks to John, who can take my visions and make them realities.


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6 comments:

  1. I never heard of a swamp cooler! The covering does look great though and makes it so much more visually pleasing. Great idea!

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  2. What a great solution, and he did a wonderful job!

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  3. Not sure if these are used anywhere other than the west but you're right they work great in Calif. too. That's a good looking fix your husband came up with. Don't you wonder sometimes why it took so long to fix an eyesore when it turns out to be so simple? That happens to me all the time. Like fixing up the house just to sell it. Why weren't we living in this nice house all along?

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  4. Never heard of a swamp cooler, but if it works, all the better.
    Don't you just love handy hubbies?!! My hub is not so much handy with wood, but give him an electric thing that's broken and he'll fix it. Woodwork I'll leave to my dad or brotherinlaw.
    Maybe an idea to plant ivy or a rose or any other climbing plant on the bottom??

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  5. I wish companies that sold swamp coolers and a/c units also sold at the same time a long lasting fence unit to hide it right from the start. I wonder why they don't, it'd be extra income and every woman would want that addition!

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