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      07-04-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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diy: home made pollen air filter

your home made pollen air filter,

washable with water and soap.

needed:

1.sponge foam
2.hot silicone gun
3.old air filter plastic trim

remove the paper from old air filter and get plastic trim
cut the sponge the size of the trim. attach it with hot silicone











you can do it to air intake filter as the same mentality
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      07-06-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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wow dude, seriously?
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      07-06-2010, 02:01 PM   #3
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      07-06-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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That might be a good idea if you knew how much air that foam let thorugh, it might be more restrictive than before and put added load on your heater motor.
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      07-07-2010, 12:35 AM   #5
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you used egg crate foam? wow...unless you plan on sleeping, sound proofing or packing - i would just get a replacement cabin filter. kudos for being creative though..
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      07-08-2010, 06:15 PM   #6
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But, will the air go through this THICK sponge foam?
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      07-08-2010, 11:09 PM   #8
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That's awesome!!

Maybe consider using furnace filters. Pick it up a lowes or homedepot
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      07-09-2010, 01:32 PM   #9
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What's the cost of that filter OEM?
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      07-21-2010, 10:42 AM   #10
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Another effective route would be to head to your local grocery store and get some grilling charcoal (not the ones pre-soaked in lighter fluid). Stuff about 4 old tube socks with the charcoal, tie them off, and beat them down with a hammer or mallet.

Once the charcoal is granulated then hot glue them into the old housing and blammo instant charcoal activated filter.

Mix a hickory stick in if you prefer a more 'woodsy' cabin feel.
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Another effective route would be to head to your local grocery store and get some grilling charcoal (not the ones pre-soaked in lighter fluid). Stuff about 4 old tube socks with the charcoal, tie them off, and beat them down with a hammer or mallet.

Once the charcoal is granulated then hot glue them into the old housing and blammo instant charcoal activated filter.

Mix a hickory stick in if you prefer a more 'woodsy' cabin feel.
omg lol
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      07-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #12
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      07-21-2010, 10:22 PM   #13
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Another effective route would be to head to your local grocery store and get some grilling charcoal (not the ones pre-soaked in lighter fluid). Stuff about 4 old tube socks with the charcoal, tie them off, and beat them down with a hammer or mallet.

Once the charcoal is granulated then hot glue them into the old housing and blammo instant charcoal activated filter.

Mix a hickory stick in if you prefer a more 'woodsy' cabin feel.
Super lol on this...
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      07-28-2010, 12:50 AM   #14
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everyone clicked on your topic because it tickled their mind. I give you an A for creativity.
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      12-13-2010, 12:56 AM   #15
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This is awesome!
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      12-14-2010, 05:12 PM   #16
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Cool idea!!!
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Very good idea. Will be perfect if you could add a layer of the home A/C filter.
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this would be very cool if you knew it would work but it most likely doesnt so your a tool lol
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Charcoal idea add on, they sell activated charcoal at petstores for fish tanks. Lol sorry guys I had to add to this! lol:
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RE: the egg crate foam: Yup, you will block out some of the pollen, but since this isn't rated as a filter, who knows what size of particle it will filter, and if it will have voids and gaps that might let some through. Also, it will definitely block air flow, but how much? If the fan has to work harder to blow it's air, then you will use a LOT more electricity.

If you really want to home-make a filter, start with a bulk purchase of household filters from Lowes or Home Depot, and trim as you indicated. But start with some material that is manufactured and tested for a filter.

There are other concerns from using home-made materials. If the filter degrades, or lets crap through, said crap will land on the heater coils and the A/C coils. All it takes is a very small amount of dirt covering them, and their efficiency goes down fast. Therefore you loose heating and/or cooling capacity.

RE: Using charcoal would be cool, but it would be very hard to keep the super-fine dust from blowing through onto the coils (see above), and even into the cabin. Also, how would you know when the charcoal was fully loaded and needed to be recharged? How would you recharge it?
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Have you had any issues with the homemade yet?
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RE: the egg crate foam: Yup, you will block out some of the pollen, but since this isn't rated as a filter, who knows what size of particle it will filter, and if it will have voids and gaps that might let some through. Also, it will definitely block air flow, but how much? If the fan has to work harder to blow it's air, then you will use a LOT more electricity.

If you really want to home-make a filter, start with a bulk purchase of household filters from Lowes or Home Depot, and trim as you indicated. But start with some material that is manufactured and tested for a filter.

There are other concerns from using home-made materials. If the filter degrades, or lets crap through, said crap will land on the heater coils and the A/C coils. All it takes is a very small amount of dirt covering them, and their efficiency goes down fast. Therefore you loose heating and/or cooling capacity.

RE: Using charcoal would be cool, but it would be very hard to keep the super-fine dust from blowing through onto the coils (see above), and even into the cabin. Also, how would you know when the charcoal was fully loaded and needed to be recharged? How would you recharge it?
Come on Man, seriously, do you realize how many cars in the world don't even have cabin air filters? You make it sound like the AC evaporator and heater core will clog up and become useless. Also, if you drive your car with the windows down, the cabin will fill with dust on the surfaces, when you use the recirculation mode (max AC) in the HVAC system that dust will flow thru the evaporator from inside the cabin.
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